PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 23rd, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing offers a deep dive into the evolving health savings account (HSA) marketplace, with a particular focus on identifying adviser opportunities in the space. As the data show, growing contributions and a strong equity market helped propel HSA investment assets up 53% year over year during 2017—and employees increasingly want advice on how to invest and eventually spend HSA dollars. Even if it is not the most lucrative business line to get into on its own, offering education about HSAs and health care costs in general, experts agree, can be a tremendous value-add that boosts client loyalty and lifetime wealth outcomes.

Health Care and Other Benefits
Adviser Opportunities Abound in HSA Market
Devenir finds HSA assets grew to an estimated $45.2 billion, spread across some 22 million accounts, at the end of 2017; as more account owners are investing their HSA dollars, the demand for advice is clear.  Read more >
Concerns About Retirement Health Care Costs Increasing Interest in HSAs
ConnectYourCare’s 2018 report on consumer-driven health care account trends finds 44.9% of respondents chose to enroll in a health savings account as a savings vehicle for future health care needs, over more immediate benefits like tax savings and lower premiums, up from 40.5% in its 2017 report. Read more >
Help DB Clients Stay Realistic About Mortality Assumptions
“It is important for actuaries for all types of pension plans, including those who work with multiemployer and public-sector plans, not to reverse expectations for mortality improvement in response to the latest data,” says Eli Greenblum, chief actuary for The Segal Group. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018
During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again. Read more >
With Participation Rates Flat, Some NQDC Plan Sponsors to Make Changes
The overall rate of companies offering nonqualified deferred compensation plans increased to 85% in 2017 from a survey low of 77.2% in 2015, according to the annual Prudential/PLANSPONSOR Executive Benefit Survey. Read more >
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Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

First Deadline Looming for SEC Electronic Disclosure Compliance

When the SEC adopted the new Rule 30e-3 earlier this year, creating a new system for electronic delivery of fund information, it also established a transition disclosure period that starts in January, during which "funds that choose to implement the new delivery method for shareholder reports provide prominent disclosures in prospectuses and certain other shareholder documents that will notify investors of the upcoming change in transmission format.”

Progressive Plan Design Features Have Moved Down-Market
These are streamlining plan administration, increasing investment diversification and improving participant outcomes.
MetLife Pension Calculations Questioned in ERISA Complaint

The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.

Employee Knowledge Levels Indicate Need for Financial Wellness Education

Employees expressed concerns about budgeting, health care and emergency funds, and low levels of knowledge about financial and retirement topics were reported.

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

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

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