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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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

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

The Inside Take: CAPTRUST’s Cammack Acquisition

With the acquisition of Cammack’s $154 billion book of business, CAPTRUST now reports assets in excess of $600 billion; one leader at the firm says the growth is nowhere near finished.

Practice Management: Areas of Success

A look at what worked particularly well in 2020 and that could keep propelling growth in 2021.

NFP Named in ERISA Lawsuit Alongside Plan Sponsor

Much of the text of the complaint is dedicated to detailing the reduction in the average fees paid by large U.S. retirement plans for both investments and administrative services.

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.
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