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With the economy in a state of such volatility, it's hard topredict how or when Social Security benefits may change. Accordingto the Social Security Administration, "Social Security benefitsare now expected to be payable in full on a timely basis until2037, when the trust fund reserves are projected to becomeexhausted."  Regardless of the evolution of this benefit,employees need to prepare to support themselves through retirement.

Relying on money that may not exist is a riskno American can afford to take. This is especially important foremployees who anticipate being in the workforce beyond thenext 10 years. They should be prepared to save more thanprevious generations if they don't want to jeopardize their abilityto retire and live the lifestyle they desire.

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