PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 19th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday readers! This weekend’s newsletter considers the role of health savings accounts, or HSAs, in the retirement planning effort. Survey and anecdotal evidence shows Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials alike anticipate major challenges paying for health care post-employment. HSAs, however, present an opportunity to leverage the power of compounding and market returns to ease the burden. 
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Will HSAs Become the 401(k)s for Health Care Savings?
HSAs are gaining more acceptance as concerns about health care costs in retirement increase, and interestingly, they seem to be following a similar path as 401(k) plan growth. Read more >
HSAs and DC Health Care
Advising about saving for retirement health care costs can add to an adviser’s value proposition. Read more >
Fearing Health Care Costs in Retirement
The three biggest retirement-related financial worries for most Americans are a costly health issue affecting them or a loved one; inflation; and having too little money to do what they would like. Read more >
Retiree Health Care Cost Estimates Rise
According to research by Fidelity, couples who retired in 2016 can expect to pay $260,000 on health care throughout retirement or 6% more than the previous year’s estimate. Read more >
Participants Investing in HSAs Stay Committed to 401(k)s
Most participants are taking advantage of the combined benefits an HSA and 401(k) have to offer, but there is still a gap in knowledge of HSA basics among participants.  Read more >
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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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