PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 16th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing features timely articles and research on the topic of Client Service. We take a deep dive into the latest health care cost inflation figures and how DC plan clients view the intersection of health and wealth planning. Additionally, we offer a new take on the importance of education about hardship withdrawals and loans, and on the efforts by one advisory firm to increase the diversity of its staff and clientele alike. 
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Worried About Health Care Cost Inflation? It Has Only Just Begun
The health care cost inflation projections contained in HealthView Services’ latest reporting are simply astounding; accounting for projected lifetime inflation, a healthy retired couple at 65 can expect $600,000 in health-related expenses alone. Read more >
Advisers Compete for Benefits Dollars and Time
New research from Fidelity warns that plan sponsors’ increasing focus on health care is cutting back the amount of money and time they have to devote to retirement benefits; satisfaction with advisers is also up. Read more >
Provider Call Centers Aim to Educate About Hardships and Alternatives
One of the biggest downsides to taking out a hardship withdrawal is that it diminishes a participant’s ability to make the most out of compounding earnings. Moreover, it’s often difficult for a participant to put the amount of money withdrawn back in the plan. Read more >
Educating Participants About the Dangers of Taking Out a 401(k) Loan
It is critical for plan sponsors and advisers to educate participants about the consequences of taking out a loan, Julie Stich, associate vice president of content at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans tells PLANADVISER. “They need to keep the money in their plan to build up money over time through contributions and the compounding of investment returns,” Stich says. Read more >
Inclusion, Diversity and the Noble Purpose of Advisers
The principal of financial adviser inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones reflects on her job leading the advisory company’s revamped diversity efforts—informed by her own first career as an adviser in the field. 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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