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How a Clinton, Trump, or Johnson Win Will Impact Near and Current Retirees, Part I

untitledI often write about what my clients ask me and lately they’ve been asking about the election. The election’s impact on the stock market has been discussed at length on Forbes and in other publications. . This is a great topic, but I think what is missing in the personal finance media coverage is information that targets a specific demographic. I advise many people who are nearing or have just entered retirement and they are curious as to how each potential presidential win would directly impact their retirement. I’ve chosen to focus on the candidates’ Social Security and Medicare positions and this is part one of my two-part series.

Like I do when discussing this topic with my clients, I have written the below with no personal bias, just facts, and I have placed the candidates in random and rotating order throughout the series. Here then, is part 1 of my 2-part series on how a Republican, Democratic, or Libertarian presidential win would impact a person who is very near retirement or recently pulled up a chair on the beach.

Social Security

When it comes to social security, the direct impact of a presidential candidate’s stance on you depends on how much you rely on your social security for income in retirement. With that in mind, here is a quick breakdown.

  1. Retirement Age:

We’ve all heard about how the Social Security we know of today may be at risk in the future and that there is a need for reform making the candidates’ stances on social security protection and reform paramount. Trump, Clinton, and Johnson all wish to protect Social Security, but their approach of doing so varies.

        2. Social Security Protection:

If you currently rely or will rely heavily on your Social Security for income during retirement, it may be prudent for you to take into account these candidates’ positions on the subject when casting your vote in November. As I said before, everyone has a unique situation and each candidate’s position will impact you in a distinct way and is worth a second look.

If you are a millennial or GenX’er and have managed to read this far, the news for you may be different. But one thing is for sure. Generous programs like these that are underfunded may wind up costing you in the form of higher taxes during your working years.

You can find Part Two of this series in my next article.

The views and opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the views and opinions of H. Beck, Inc.

Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®.

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Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

About Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®

I am the Founder and President of Potomac Wealth Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm headquartered in Rockville, MD and also the author of Countdown To Financial Freedom, Your Path to a Meaningful, Active and Vibrant Retirement. In addition, my commentary on the markets and the issues facing investors has appeared on the Fox Business Network and in USA Today, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Previously, I was a Senior Vice President in The Private Bank of Bank of America and a VP in the Corporate Banking Division of Mellon Bank. I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner, a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist and hold an MBA degree from Rutgers University. I am a proponent of financial education, and have been an adjunct professor of finance at The University of Maryland University College. For more information please visit my website, You can contact me at 301-279-2221 or at


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