7 Social Security Quirks You Should Know

Note: Join AARP expert Jean Setzfand today, Friday, October 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET for a live Facebook Chat with Yahoo! Finance about Social Security claiming and ask Jean or another expert your own question here: https://www.facebook.com/yahoofinance. See Setzfand’s advice in a story from Yahoo! Finance just posted today as well: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/3-ways-to-boost-your-social-security-benefit-163853751.html. As I travel and talk with folks about planning for their future, “when to claim Social Security benefits” is, hands down, the most frequently asked question …

The Takeaway: 14 Countries Raising Retirement Age

Grappling with deficits and debt, 14 countries — including Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece and Ireland — are planning to increase their retirement ages to between 67 and 69 by 2050, according to the Washington Post. In the majority of euro zone countries, the full retirement age is currently 65.

The Takeaway: Retirement Ages Must Rise Worldwide

Retirement ages must rise globally if everyone’s gonna keep living longer and we don’t want to bankrupt national pension systems, says a new international report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international organization with 34 member countries. Already, 67 is becoming the new 65, it says.

The Takeaway: Retirement Pessimism Goes Global

A new survey conducted by Dutch insurance company AEGON shows retirement pessimism extends far beyond American borders. Participants from eight European countries and the United States showed similarly dismal views on their ability to save and plan for retirement securely. Only 15 percent of workers said they are confident they’re on the right track with retirement savings; 71 percent believe future generations will be worse-off in retirement than current retirees.

The Takeaway: More Than Half of Couples Disagree on Retirement Timing

A surprising 62 percent of married couples disagree on the timing of their respective retirements.

The Takeaway: Contrary to Predictions, Boomers Are Retiring at 65

A new study from MetLife finds that, contrary to predictions, older Americans are retiring. In fact, more than 60 percent of 65-year-olds””the leading edge of the boomer generation””are already collecting Social Security.