PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 21st, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! It’s hard to believe, but this will be the last edition of PLANADVISERweekend for 2018. It is fitting that the subject is health care and financial wellness, seeing as the holiday season offers for many a time to reflect on what really matters in our busy lives. Everyone has their own traditions to welcome the New Year, but few would argue that good physical and emotional health are among the most important elements of happiness. In that spirit, we offer below some new ways that advisers and their plan sponsor clients can help workers take charge of their physical, mental and financial health in the next year.

Health Care and Financial Wellness
Education and Better Investments Needed to Propel HSAs to Retirement Savings Vehicles
The frequency of withdrawals prevents HSA account holders from building a meaningful balance to use for health care expenses in retirement, and individuals are unlikely to allocate their assets to investment products if their primary goal is to fund short-term medical expenses, Cerulli says. Read more >
Employers Describe Financial Wellness Initiatives as Pilot or Ad Hoc Programs
Few employers surveyed by the Employee Benefit Research Institute currently consider the financial wellness initiatives as “holistic” programs, and they noted challenges to offering these programs. Read more >
Selecting the Optimal Investment Lineup for HSAs
Health savings accounts have been used largely like checking accounts, so cash is the largest component of most HSAs, Jamie Greenleaf, lead advisor/principal at Cafaro Greenleaf, told attendees of PLANSPONSOR’s 2018 HSA Conference in New York City. Read more >
Finding Money for Both HSAs and Retirement Plans Can Be a Challenge for Employees
Willis Towers Watson suggests portals integrated with financial planning tools can help employees make strategic decisions about where to best save their money based on their unique financial situation. Read more >
Health Care Unknowns Have Always Vexed Retirement Planners
A new “Cost of Long-Term Care” analysis published by Moll Law Group underscores the fundamental difficulty of planning for the health care unknowns faced by all retirement savers. Read more >
Concerns About Retirement Health Care Costs Increasing Interest in HSAs
However, only 8% of respondent to a ConnectYourCare survey are seeking advice about how much to contribute to a tax-advantaged health savings account. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Many Retirees Wish They Had Delayed Taking Social Security Benefits

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.

SECURE Act's House Passage Brings Test of Congressional Mediators

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.

Excessive Fee Suit Filed Against Greystar Management

The lawsuit accuses the sponsor of a small 401(k) plan with failing to monitor and correct excessive fees.

Another Bill Proposed as Senate Committee Hearing Brings Calls for Retirement Action

Besides a lengthy Finance Committee hearing discussing the popular RESA legislation, the day on Capitol Hill also brought news of the introduction of the new Retirement Security and Savings Act.

Some Expect Senate Action Sooner Than Later on SECURE Act

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.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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