PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 28th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! At the beginning of July we introduced a new format for our weekly news roundup. We will continue to bring you the most popular articles of the week, but now our curated content will be themed. The fourth Friday of every month will focus on Health Care and Other Benefits. We hope you enjoy this new format and know you will find it helpful and informative.
Health Care and Other Benefits
Student Loan Assistance Trumps 401ks for Many Employees
However, the CEO of IonTuition says employees need to take a balanced approach to plan for their future and deal with immediate needs at the same time. Read more >
Advisers Shine Beyond the DC Plan
As one would expect, advisers have a greater impact on plan performance when they play a more active role in the retirement plan committee’s ongoing discussions and decisions about setting goals. Read more >
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 >
How to Run an HSA Exempt from ERISA
One common mistake plan sponsors make is representing the HSA as part of their employee welfare benefit plan. Read more >
HSA Evolution Could Drive Adviser Opportunity
Since the new Congress began in January, there have been more than 20 bills proposed that impact consumer-driven health plans, and more specifically HSAs. 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.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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