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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New York City Council Approves Auto-Enroll IRA Program

The proposal creates a mandatory automatic enrollment individual retirement account program for employers that do not offer a retirement plan and employ at least five people.

‘SECURE Act 2.0’ Appears Ready to Clear Committee

Sources say the House Ways and Means Committee will likely vote to advance the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, often called a follow-up to the SECURE Act, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

DOL Investigation Lessons Learned From Long Experience

Drawing on their collective decades of experience working inside and outside the DOL, a panel of expert ERISA attorneys convened this week by Faegre Drinker had a lot of timely lessons to share regarding investigations of investment advisers.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
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