Happy Friday, readers. Below you will find a helpful series of articles and research reports seeking to link the challenges and opportunities of health care and retirement planning. In particular, we present ample evidence that health savings accounts are ripe for growth—and they represent an important opportunity for advisers and their clients to be better prepared for the long-term future. We hope you will share some of what you learn with a colleague.
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.
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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.
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MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.
With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.
One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.