For Immediate Release


Alan Barber, 571-306-2526

Online Calculator Estimates Retirement Income, Showing Importance of Social Security

WASHINGTON - In his State of the Union address, President Obama insisted on the
need to protect Social Security and ensure that future generations can
depend on it. Nevertheless, it appears that some in Congress are
considering major changes to the program. Unfortunately, many people do
not understand the program’s solvency or the likely importance that it
will have for them in retirement. To better inform the public about the
role Social Security will play in their retirement, an online calculator
that estimates a family's monthly income during retirement was released
today by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

The CEPR Social Security Calculator
helps users get a better picture of how much of their retirement income
will come from Social Security benefits and allows them to compare this
to other households in their county with similar demographics. The
calculator lets users enter their planned date of retirement, current
income, estimated mortgage debt, savings, stocks and pension to
calculate their future household retirement income. Users can also enter
demographic information such as age, race, and marital status and
compare their total retirement income to similar households in their
area. The data used in the calculator is drawn from the Census Bureau's
American Community Survey (ACS).


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