PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 28th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers. The focus of this weekend’s mailing is health care and retirement—a topic that is clearly on many peoples’ minds. Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, retirement plan advisers were growing increasingly focused on the links between physical wellness and financial wellness. Collected below is a series of articles and reports on just that. We hope you find our reporting useful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague. Stay well!

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‘Lifestyle Benefits’ Suddenly Seem Excessive Amid Economic Crunch
Heading into the coronavirus pandemic, employers were innovating and expanding their ancillary benefits for employees. Read more >
Employees More Focused on Financial Planning Related to Life Events
Employees surveyed said their ideas and feeling about money varied greatly throughout each life stage, and 40% identified more with others who are going through similar life events than those in defined generations. Read more >
Big Dose of HSA Education Needed
Simply put, a lack of insight and advice means Americans are failing to take full advantage of health savings accounts (HSAs). Read more >
Planning for Clients’ Health Care Expenses in Event of a Layoff
Mark Waterstraat, president of consumer solutions at Alegeus, offers simple steps to coach clients through managing their health care finances after a layoff. For example, did you know that individuals can use HSA funds to pay COBRA premiums tax-free? Read more >
Employees Need HSA Education, Especially Now
Education is vital for all benefits, and especially now for health insurance coverage, says Fidelity Investments. Read more >
Advisers Giving Back: Brad Arends at intellicents
The plight of rural community health care systems is a personal matter for the community in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and for Brad Arends at intellicents. Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit Clears Dismissal Motions

While a court has ruled the plan’s advisers should be carved out of the litigation, the counts against Home Depot fiduciaries will proceed.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Excessive Fee Lawsuit Filed Against Duke Energy

The drumbeat of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) excessive fee lawsuits rolls on.

AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

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