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Net worth, unlike income, is way too fluid for it to be measured for such a purpose.

As those of us with kids in college within recent history know, assets are factored by FAFSA in determining how much you should be kicking in before financial aid can come into play. I doubt it would be all that tough for most types of liquid assets to be factored in for SS means test.

As I said, I don't expect anything to implode completely, but since we are looking at giving up 15 years of high income to retire in our 50's, we had better be sure we can handle just about any scenario that has even the modicum of probability down the road. As much as politicians have talked about means testing SS, above and beyond the way in which it is already taxed and handed back to the gov't, it is not improbable that it will happen to some degree in our lifetime.

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