Social Security Eligibility Starts at 62, But Should You Really Claim Then?

Kailey Hagen, The Motley Fool
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Social Security Eligibility Starts at 62, But Should You Really Claim Then?

The earliest age for claiming Social Security also remains the most popular, according to the Center for Retirement Research. There are several factors that influence the best time for you to claim Social Security, so review the information below before deciding whether 62 is the right time for you to sign up. When you start Social Security at 62, you're technically signing up early, and the Social Security Administration reduces the size of your checks as a way of balancing out the extra years you're receiving benefits.