Help Your Clients Navigate Social Security Benefits
5 Hours CE
Maximizing Social Security Benefits For Couples
5 Hours CE Credit (CFP, CPE, IWI and American College)
Michael Kitces, MSFA, MAX, CFP, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL
Jeffrey Levine, CPA/PFS, CFP, CWS, MSA
Martha Shedden, CRPC, RSSA
Nearly every prospective retiree faces the decision about when to begin receiving Social Security payments, a reality that becomes even more complicated when coordinating benefits for couples...and the various assets and other retirement income sources the couple may have. This Kitces Course will not only provide you with a stronger knowledge of Social Security planning for couples, but also empower you with the ability to apply these concepts when working with your own clients. Specifically, advisors will learn to:
- Speak confidently to client couples about navigating Social Security claiming decisions
- Provide value to clients by increasing their lifetime retirement income through optimal claiming strategies
- Coordinate Social Security claiming strategies with the rest of the advisor's portfolio recommendations
Who This Course Is Right For
The course was designed for advisors with beginner to intermediate experience with social security planning for couples. Advisors who have several years of helping clients plan for retirement may find this course is not suited for their advanced experience level.
What You Get With Maximizing Social Security Benefits for Couples
5 Hours CE
Automatic reporting for CFP, IWI,
and American College. Self-reporting for CPA CPE credits.
Over 2 hours of videos from our
3 industry experts.
Earn a Kitces Course Certificate
to add to your resume.
2 Real-World Case Studies
Practice applying planning strategies
to real-life situations.
Learn whenever it’s convenient for you.
Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL
Chief Financial Planning Nerd and Founder, Kitces.com
Head of Planning Strategy, Buckingham Wealth Partners
Michael Kitces is the founder and Chief Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com. He is also Head of Planning Strategy at Buckingham Wealth Partners, a turnkey wealth management services provider supporting thousands of independent financial advisors. In addition, he is a co-founder of the XY Planning Network, AdvicePay, fpPathfinder, and New Planner Recruiting.
Jeffrey Levine, CPA/PFS, CFP, CWS, MSA
Lead Financial Planning Nerd, Kitces.com
Chief Planning Officer, Buckingham Wealth Partners
Jeffrey Levine, Lead Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, guides advisors through Form 1040 and its associated items and schedules. Interactive exercises reinforce the lessons from each module, moving advisors from comprehension to application. Jeffrey Levine is a nationally-recognized and award-winning financial advisor, speaker, and educator. He is the Lead Financial Planning Nerd at Kitces.com, home of the popular Nerd’s Eye View blog, and also serves as Chief Planning Officer, Buckingham Wealth Partners.
Martha Shedden, CRPC, RSSA
President, Co-Founder NARSSA
Martha Shedden is President and Co-founder of the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts, NARSSA, which provides online education and training for financial professionals to become Registered Social Security Analysts. Martha is a certified Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and also has her own business, Shedden Social Security & Retirement Planning, helping retirees make their optimal Social Security claiming decision. She is passionate about educating financial professionals and retirees on the details of Social Security income planning, the foundation, and the first step to creating a financially secure retirement plan.
What Others Have Said About This Course
"The course was a great overview of the social
security rules. For someone who did not know
anything about SS, it was helpful to know about all
the different rules and situations."
"I really enjoyed this course and will absolutely
recommend it to others. I appreciate
your thoughtful approach to breaking down the
material into easily digestible sections. The
activities at the end are great as I enjoy
getting a 'hands on' experience."
Pricing & Sign-Up Information
100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Advisors may receive a full refund for Kitces Courses within 45 days of purchase, or prior to completing the course, whichever comes first.
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Who is the courses designed for?
Kitces Online Courses are designed for advisors who have limited to no experience interacting with clients. Advisors with five or more years of experience may find the course is not suited to their experience level.
How long will advisors have access to the course?
The course has no end date, however, the content may be modified or deleted if no longer relevant or applicable when considering current industry standards, practices, or legal framework.
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Are the courses CE-eligible? How is CE reported?
The courses are eligible for Continuing Education for CFP, CPE, and American College certifications, as well as most other relevant certifications. Kitces.com will report CE for CFP, IWI, and American College certifications on your behalf on the 1st and 16th of each month. A completion certificate will be emailed to you so you can self-report CPE and other relevant CE.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes. A completion certificate will be emailed to you for reporting purposes.
Where do I add my certification number information?
If you didn’t include your certification number information upon signing up for the course, no worries! You can add it easily after signing into your Learner portal and completing the following steps:
1. Hover your mouse over Learner in the top-right menu to see a dropdown appear
2. From the dropdown, select My Info
3. Update the certification fields shown and click Update User
What is the refund policy?
Advisors may receive a full refund for Kitces Courses within 45 days of purchase or prior to completing the course, whichever comes first.