PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 24th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! The convergence of health and wealth remains an important employee benefit trend in 2020, and plan sponsors are seeking advisers with expertise on such topics as health savings accounts, the savings hierarchy and long-term care. Collected below is a series of articles on these timely topics. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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HSAs, FSAs and HRAs: Get to Know the Health Savings Alphabet
The account types differ quite a lot. Some require same-year spending, most are owned by the employer, and one comes with a triple tax advantage. Read more >
Broad Benefit Trends to Watch in 2020
Employers are accustomed to having five generations in the workforce, but they now need to focus on the new expectations Gen Z brings to the workplace, Fidelity says. Read more >
Facts You Haven’t Learned About HSAs
One overlooked benefit of HSAs is that people can actually spend money on qualified health care expenses out of pocket and then reimburse themselves tax-free via the HSA once they enter retirement.  Read more >
The Positive Impact of Claiming Social Security Later
The Center for Retirement Research says the reduction for claiming early is currently too large while the increase for claiming late is about right. Read more >
Limited 529 Plan Knowledge Holds Savers (and Advisers) Back
Educating people about the plans is important, as a recent Edward Jones survey found that only 29% of Americans know what the purpose of these plans are. Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
What Biden’s Win Means for Retirement Plans

Experts say the president-elect could start the process of shoring up Social Security and embrace ESG investing.

A Strong Appetite for ‘SECURE Act 2.0’ in Congress

One retirement plan industry executive says his conversations with members of the U.S. House and Senate make him optimistic that Congress could act sooner rather than later on the new legislation.

New Life Expectancy Tables Will Decrease RMDs

The IRS has issued final regulations on mortality tables to be used for calculating required minimum distributions, which reflect longer life expectancies.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
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