Finally some good news for retirees… Social Security benefits are being increased 5.8% for 2009. This is the largest increase in more than 25 years!
This increase will boost the average monthly Social Security retirement check from $1,090 to $1,153.
Even more good news… for the first time since 2000, Medicare premiums will not go up in 2009. Currently the Medicare Part B premium is $96.40 per month.
This is good news for Seniors who have seen their portfolios plunge over the last 15 months. If possible, you should use this increase to reduce the amount you are withdrawing from your portfolio, to give it more time to recover recent losses.