What Everyone Should Know about Social Security

Posted on January 31, 2018 By

The media is full of mixed messages about Social Security. So what should you know? Richard Haas, Manchester, a registered investment advisor and retirement planner, is offering a two-part course through the Continuing & Professional Education program of Ocean County College (OCC) entitled “Getting the Most from Your Social Security” Thursday, March 15 and Thursday, March 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Bartlett Hall, Building 2, Room 316.

The classes include how Social Security benefits are calculated and funded; the steps wage earners—and their spouses, survivors and divorcees—can take to maximize their Social Security benefits; the rights of widows and widowers under current Social Security regulations, and the rights of divorcees under current Social Security regulations; and the likely reforms that build on ways the Social Security system was strengthened in the past.

In the 1970s Haas worked as a financial journalist when the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was passed. He wrote a series of articles on this landmark legislation and has been closely monitoring retirement issues ever since. Although still working, Richard and his wife Marlene collect Social Security benefits.

A graduate of Fordham University, Haas specialized in reporting on the economy at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where he received an M.A. He also earned an MBA at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, now part of Marshall University. In 2013, Haas became a licensed investment advisor representative after 42 years in the newspaper industry, publishing and printing industries as a reporter, business editor, subscription marketer and technology specialist.

The fee for the course is $19. Register through the Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) page of the OCC website (www.ocean.edu/cpe.htm); or call 732-255-0404. Also visit the CPE office, ground floor of Building 3 (Library) at OCC, 1 College Drive, Toms River, to register.

Haas is available for interviews on Social Security or retirement-related topics. For more information, contact Richard Haas at Richard.c.haas@verizon.net or call 856-889-1808.

About Richard Haas: Haas has a financial services practice at 482 Brick Boulevard Suite 3, Brick, N.J. He is licensed by the N.J. Department of Banking & Insurance to sell life insurance, health insurance and variable annuities; and by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as an investment advisor representative. The focus of Richard’s financial services practice is on small businesses that do not offer retirement savings benefits to their employees and on workers who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement and medical insurance benefits.