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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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.

Fidelity Faces a Myriad of Allegations in New ERISA Lawsuit

In addition to self-dealing allegations, the complaint calls out Fidelity for not negotiating revenue sharing refunds for its 401(k) plan participants and not considering stable value options for its plan investment lineup, among other things.

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.
AARP Launches Social Security Resource Center

The new website is designed to be a one-stop place for investors and retirees to have their Social Security retirement questions answered, including when to claim.

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.

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

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

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