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Episode 94: Get the Most of Your Social Security Benefit with Mary Beth Franklin

In this week’s episode, Lynn sits down with renowned journalist, Social Security expert, and Retirement Professional, Mary Beth Franklin, CFP to discuss getting the most out of your Social Security benefits.

As an award-winning journalist for over 40 years, including a stint on Capitol Hill for United Press International, Mary Beth has written about big-picture policy issues, such as the federal budget and tax legislation, as well as consumer-focused personal finance advice articles on how to maximize Social Security benefits, minimize tax bills, and enroll in Medicare. She spent 13 years as the tax and retirement editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and subsequently educating financial advisors as a Contributing Editor at Investment News. At Kiplinger, She also edited the annual Retirement Planning Guide and monthly Retirement Report newsletter.

In 2016, she received the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Instructional Content for her article “Demystifying Social Security.” That same year, she received a Hero Award from the Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER) for her educational efforts to improve retirement security for women.

In 2021, Editor and Published presented her with an EPPY award, citing her “On Retirement” column as the best business blog of the year. In 2022, she received the runner-up EPPY award in the same category, and she also received the Investment News Trailblazer award for her contributions to the retirement income planning profession as part of Investment News’ annual Women to Watch event.

You can find out more about Mary Beth Franklin and her services at

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