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Mike Piper: Delaying Social Security Not Always a Good Deal

The author and Social Security expert discusses the best and worst times to claim Social Security, Roth versus traditional IRAs, and how retirees can protect against a weak market.

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Our guest on the podcast today is Mike Piper. He is the author of several personal finance books, including Social Security Made Simple, Taxes Made Simple, Accounting Made Simple, and Can I Retire? His blog, Oblivious Investor, covers Social Security, taxes, and investing. Piper has also developed a free tool for exploring Social Security-claiming decisions called Open Social Security. He is a certified public accountant.



Mike Piper's Books

Oblivious Investor

Open Social Security

Social Security

"How Is Social Security Taxed?" by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 1, 2019.

"Does Delaying Social Security Deliver an 8% Return?" by Christine Benz,, May 14, 2020.

"Philosophy of Social Security Claiming Strategies," by Wade Pfau, Retirement Researcher.

Social Security Solutions

Maximize My Social Security

"Steve Vernon: 'Older Workers Become Targets' in Tough Economic Environments," The Long View podcast,, Sept. 9, 2020.

"Boost Your Risk-Protected Retirement Income With a Social Security Bridge Payment," by Steve Vernon, Forbes, May 26, 2020.

Retirement Planning

"An Ideal Retirement Spending Strategy? "by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, March 12, 2018.

"Building a Safe Floor of Retirement Income--in Advance," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, July 2, 2018.

"A Rough, General-Purpose Retirement Plan," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 28, 2019.

"Simplifying a Retirement Bucket Portfolio," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, July 8, 2019.

"What's in My Portfolio?" by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Dec. 11, 2019.

"Single Premium Immediate Annuity: Why They're Useful and When to Buy Them," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 1, 2020.

"From Assets to Income: A Goals-Based Approach to Retirement Spending," by Colleen Jaconetti, Michael DiJoseph, Francis Kinniry, David Pakula, and Hank Lobel, Vanguard, April 2020.

"Father of 4% Rule Says it Was Really More of a Guideline," by Ginger Szala, ThinkAdvisor, Oct. 19, 2020.

Retirement Accounts

"Marginal Tax Rate or Effective Tax Rate?," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Dec. 7, 2020.

"Marginal Tax Rate: Not (Necessarily) the Same as Your Tax Bracket," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, March 15, 2021.

"Taxes in Retirement: What Happens After Your Husband or Wife Dies?" by Mike Piper, MarketWatch, Feb. 6, 2021.

"Long-Term Tax Planning Requires Guessing. Focus on the Near Term," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Feb. 2, 2021.

"Retirement Tax-Planning Error: Not Planning for Widow(er)hood," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Jan. 4, 2021.

Target-Date Funds

"Don't Judge a Fund by Its Cover," by Mike Piper, The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 8, 2013.

"Why Would an Experienced Investor Buy a Target-Date Fund?" by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, May 11, 2015.

"Why I (Still) Like All-in-One Mutual Funds," by Mike Piper, Oblivious Investor, Sept. 14, 2015.

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