PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 26th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the topic of Health Care and Other Benefits—in particular on the important and evolving subjects of health savings accounts, Social Security optimization, and NQDC plans. Elite advisers will already know how important it is to be able to converse about these subjects fluently and confidently with clients. We hope you enjoy reading and that you share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

Health Care and Other Benefits
Planning for Medicare Premiums and Drug Costs Is a Difficult Fact of Life
A new EBRI analysis suggests some couples retiring in the near future could need as much as $370,000 in dedicated savings just for medical care; small wonder to see workers are hungry for advice on managing Medicare premiums and drug costs. Read more >
Checking in With Verizon Pensioners Post Risk Transfer
PLANADVISER interviewed a spokesperson for a large group of Verizon retirees back in 2015, shortly following their defeat in appellate court in a case challenging the merits of pension risk transfers; we catch back up with Jack Cohen to talk shop and ask, how have things been going post annuitization? Read more >
With Participation Rates Flat, NQDC Plan Sponsors Make Adjustments
Participation rates were notably higher in NQDC plans offering matching contributions (60%), while plans not offering a company contribution had an average participation rate of 37%. Read more >
Few Employees Using HSAs as Retirement Savings Vehicles
But, employees younger than 25 and older than 65 are more likely to say they try to save/invest their HSA funds, a survey finds. Read more >
Fearing Health Care Costs in Retirement
While most people say they want to live to the age of 90, only 27% of pre-retirees ages 50 and older feel financially prepared to fund a retirement that lasts 10 years, let alone 20 to 30 years, or even longer.  Read more >
Boomers Expect to Rely Heavily on Social Security in Retirement
Thirty-eight percent of middle-income Baby Boomers—those with a household income between $30,000 and $100,000 and less than $1 million in investable assets—expect Social Security will be their primary source of income in retirement, up from 30% before the financial crisis of 2008, according to a study by the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

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

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

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