PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 18th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! Surveys suggest more than 80% of employees see medical costs as being among their biggest financial challenges now and in the future. Yet only 25% rank contributing to a health savings account (HSA) as a top current financial priority, falling below saving for retirement in a 401(k), paying for essential day-to-day expenses and paying off debt. An increasing number of advisers and providers are working to address this discrepancy and to promote the use of HSAs as investment vehicles for anticipated retirement needs, seeing such accounts as a natural counterpart to the 401(k). Below, you will find a series of helpful articles detailing the rapidly shifting HSA landscape, with a focus on what role DC plan advisers can play. 

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R6 Shares in HSAs Are Just the Beginning
Advisers and providers in the defined contribution plan arena want to take a bite out of banks’ dominance in the health savings account marketplace, and they are building solutions to make it happen. Read more >
Investing HSA Assets Helps Savings Grow
Devenir estimates that $9.8 billion of HSA assets are invested as of June 30, 2018—an estimated 45% year-over-year increase. Read more >
Education and Better Investments Needed to Propel HSAs to Retirement Savings Vehicles
The frequency of withdrawals prevents HSA account holders from building a meaningful balance to use for health care expenses in retirement, and individuals are unlikely to allocate their assets to investment products if their primary goal is to fund short-term medical expenses, Cerulli says. Read more >
Beyond(k): HSAs, Pension Risk Transfer, Student Loan Debt Relief
A look at some of the products and services retirement plan sponsors are requesting outside of 401(k) plans. Read more >
Selecting the Optimal Investment Lineup for HSAs
Most HSAs do not even have an investment component, but this will change, as health care brokers have been driving plan sponsor adoption of HSAs, but in the future advisers will, Jamie Greenleaf, with Cafaro Greenleaf, told attendees of PLANSPONSOR’s 2018 HSA Conference. Read more >
Finding Money for Both HSAs and Retirement Plans Can Be a Challenge for Employees
Willis Towers Watson suggests portals integrated with financial planning tools can help employees make strategic decisions about where to best save their money based on their unique financial situation. Read more >
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Boeing Faces ERISA Lawsuit Over 737 MAX Issues

The complaint says Boeing should have warned defined contribution plan participant invested in the company's stock that issues the company was having caused the stock price to be inflated.

Inside and Outside Views on Principal’s Wells Fargo Acquisition

Principal’s retirement business president offers additional details about the firm’s acquisition of Wells Fargo’s retirement business, while outside analysts reflect on the broader industry implications of two major providers coming together.

Fidelity Launches Benefits Package Catered to Small and Midsized Businesses

Named Fidelity Works, the package will also be available to third parties working with these employers, including advisers, employee benefits brokers, banks and certified public accountants (CPAs). 

2019 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year
The 2019 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year winners and finalists have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to excellence for their retirement plan sponsor clients and participants. Congratulations to all the firms on the list!

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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