PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 23rd, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing steps away from the rush of fiduciary rule news and coverage of complex retirement plan litigation to offer a closer look at the topic of Health Care and Other Benefits. Academic research and industry analyses clearly show there is strong and growing demand for advice about how to best manage health savings account assets—and that retirement plan participants consistently rank concerns about future health care expenses among their foremost concerns. There is also the widespread challenge of student loan, mortgage and consumer debt derailing optimal retirement plan behaviors. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Health Care and Other Benefits
HSA Knowledge Gap Offers Clear Adviser Service Role
Health savings accounts are often described as the 401(k) of health care—so it is only natural that retirement specialist advisers can play an important role in educating the public about these important savings vehicles; survey data shows more education and advice is desperately needed.  Read more >
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 (HSA) 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 >
Equity Compensation Plan Participants Want Advice
Among those who have never exercised or sold their equity compensation or ESPP, 34% admit to being worried about selling under the wrong market conditions and 34% say they are afraid of potential tax implications of making a wrong decision. Read more >
Negative Tax Consequences Often Result from Poor Rollover Knowledge
Unforeseen negative tax consequences often hit job changers when they decide to move money from their previous employers’ retirement plans without sufficient know-how; in an extensive new report, the GAO recommends employers and regulators provide far more support for plan participants. Read more >
Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness
The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year. Read more >
Debt Causing Financial Vulnerability for Pre-Retirees
Researchers suggest debt management should be a factor in retirement security policy. Read more >
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Sheridan Road Financial Sells Practice

The specialist retirement plan and private wealth advisory firm has been acquired by HUB International Limited.

Georgetown University 403(b) Plan Defeats ERISA Challenge

In a colorfully worded opinion, the district court judge chides plaintiffs for failing to acknowledge basic facts about the way annuities work and their well-established role in 403(b) plans.

2018 Adviser Choice Awards

PLANADVISER has announced winners of the fifth annual Adviser Choice Awards, to be handed out at the PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Excellence in Retirement Awards 2019 on March 28th.

Study Points Out Benefits of Guaranteed Pensions to Economy

According to a study from the National Institute on Retirement Security, in 2016, each dollar paid out in pension benefits supported $2.13 in total economic output nationally.

Retirement Industry People Moves

The Standard Adds Retirement Plan Consultants to U.S. Regions; Regional Sales Director Joins OneAmerica’s Northern California Team; Two West Advisors Partners with TAG Resources; and more.

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

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

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