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Oct. 18, 2019, 2:15 p.m. EDT

An analysis of the Social Security COLA for 2020

Benefits will be adjusted upward next year by just 1.6%

By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch

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Your Social Security check will be just 1.6% higher in 2020 than it is this year. Are you disappointed?

Many retirees appear to be. Their disappointment is being fueled by media coverage of the announcement last week from the Social Security Administration . That coverage has largely focused on the 2020’s COLA being lower than the 2.8% COLA in 2019 and the 2.0% in 2018.

Mark Hulbert is a regular contributor to MarketWatch. His Hulbert Ratings tracks investment newsletters that pay a flat fee to be audited. He can be reached at mark@hulbertratings.com

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