PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 22nd, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! Those advisers who attended the 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference last week in Washington, D.C., will perhaps have noticed the increased focus being paid by plan sponsors to the topics of health care, student loan debt, and other ancillary benefits. Notably, this year’s conference kicked off with our first ever HSA Bootcamp, where there was an impressive amount of engagement among the attendees and discussion of innovative ways to link retirement, health care and individuals’ general finances. These subjects will remain top-of-mind for PLANADVISER’s editorial team ahead of our forthcoming conference and other new one-day events. Find more information on www.planadviser.com.

Health Care and Other Benefits
Planning for Health Care Costs in Retirement Is a Personalized Process
Vanguard has issued a new framework, jointly developed with Mercer, that helps pre-retirees and retirees with planning for annual health care costs and long-term care expenses in retirement. Read more >
Considerations for Helping Terminating and Retiring Participants
“If a plan sponsor can invest in an adviser or other person to provide direction for terminating or retiring employees, that would be extremely helpful,” Terry Dunne, from Millennium Trust Company, told 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference attendees. Read more >
An Experiment in Crowd Funded 529 College Savings
A little more than a year ago, Franklin Templeton launched its “Spryng” college savings tool, making a bet that the capabilities of crowdfunding could translate well to the college savings domain. Read more >
Broad-Based Financial Education Found to Be Ineffective
Instead, programs need to be tailored to each individual’s specific financial goals. Read more >
Employers Likely to Ramp Up Student Loan Repayment Benefits
While not a traditional topic for retirement specialist advisers to speak about, experts agree that student loan repayment benefits are a powerful boon to financial wellness programming—and a topic that financial advisers should learn more about.  Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?

One fiduciary insurance expert who has long been tracking ERISA litigation says a spate of new complaints filed in recent weeks are the ‘most outrageous’ the industry has ever seen.

IRS Life Expectancy Tables Updated for Retirees

The actuarial update is important for plan sponsor clients to note, but the effect to regular business is likely limited, as the individuals most affected are likely no longer employed by the plan sponsor.

Huntington National Bank, PAi Partner on 401(k) Solution

The new solution will help to promote plan participation and engagement.

Booz Allen Hamilton, Others Face Passive TDF Performance Lawsuits

Unlike many other ERISA lawsuits, the complaints suggest the plan fiduciaries in question should have considered more expensive target-date funds that might have performed better.

The New Vesting Schedule Debate
Surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest plan sponsors are shortening their plan’s vesting periods, but there remains disagreement in the industry about whether vesting schedules may in fact disappear.
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