PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 27th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! As you may know, each year the staff of PLANADVISER and PLANSPONSOR magazines puts on two national conference events, bringing together our readership, industry sponsors and expert speakers for three engaging days of learning and networking. We are already hard at work planning the 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference, which kicks off on June 13, 2018. If your clients have never attended “PSNC,” this is going to be a great year to join us. In addition to the regular DC Plan Bootcamp, we will be debuting a Health Savings Account (HSA) Essentials Workshop on the morning of Day One. These extended sessions will benefit both experienced and novice plan sponsors alike. Find more information below.

Health Care and Other Benefits
2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference
Regardless of a retirement plan sponsor’s position—whether on the finance, treasury or human resource side of the retirement plan—the PLANSPONSOR National Conference will deliver practical and powerful strategies for maximizing plan outcomes. If you’re an adviser, the conference helps you stay in touch with the challenges your clients face. Join your peers to discuss practical, creative solutions for your plans and participants. 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 >
How to Invest in a Health Savings Account
An interview with Steve Christenson, EVP at Ascensus.  Read more >
HSA Limit for Family Coverage Reduced
In Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) describes changes to the limit on health savings accounts (HSAs) as prescribed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.   Read more >
Plan Sponsor and Participant Clients Thirsty For HSA Guidance
Fourteen years after HSAs first hit the scene, there are still fundamental misunderstandings about how they work. 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 >
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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