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How To Double Your Social Security Check

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How To Double Your Social Security Check

The average monthly 2016 Social Security check is $1,341, which is $45.00 per day, or a little over $16,000 per year.

Stories abound about how people are not able to live – or only struggle to get by – on their Social Security income in the United States. Even if they can manage to walk the budget tightrope, it’s not much of a retirement to look forward to and usually it’s one that is supplemented with work.

You can do better

Now is the time for you to take control of your finances so that you are financially fit for your retirement..

First you need to learn what your benefit will be upon your retirement age. You can do this by contacting social security .gov, opening an account and seeing your work history and future earnings. This can also be done via phone and snail mail but why? It’s much more convenient to do it online.

Once you know your estimated payout you can get to work doubling it by building a portfolio of dividend paying growth stocks. Or you can use an ETF such as DVY ( iShares Select Dividend ) which yields over 3% at its current price. Mix that with VTI ( Vanguard Total Stock Market ) and SPY ( S&P 500 Index ), both paying over 2% and you have a solid dividend growth portfolio.

While you wait for your retirement date

You can reinvest the dividends while you are in your accumulation phase thus compounding them for faster results. Over time you will see your quarterly dividend payments grow and grow as well as your portfolio value.

Why a dividend fund

Sure you can buy individual stocks so that you receive a dividend check each month, but for me that’s a hassle and I do not like the added risk of a single stock ownership, even if you own a handful of them. For us, DVY, which has about 100 issues in the portfolio and with 5-year records of paying quarterly dividends, is the better choice.

The fact that dividends tend to rise over time and rising dividend stocks tend to outperform other equities historically is a winning combination that has worked well for our finances.

There were a total of 41,408 dividend declarations made during 2016, the most ever on record, as dividends have become increasingly important to U.S. firms.

Depending on how much you can invest and the time you have before taking social security, you can easily double the amount of income you will receive for your retirement years.

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. In 1991, at the age of 38, they challenged the belief systems of everyone they knew and left the conventional working world to travel the globe. Facing unique challenges and living well on less money, Billy and Akaisha have been helping people achieve their own dreams of financial independence by sharing the wealth of information they have collected over the years on their website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com.

Their approach to financial freedom is that if they can do it, you can too! They believe that becoming financially self-sustaining is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the world. In this way you are free to utilize your talents for the benefit of those around you. Their goal is to assist anyone who has the drive to become financially independent. You can write to them directly with your questions and comments at TheGuide@RetireEarlyLifestyle.com. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible, available on their website or on Amazon.com.

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