PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 24th, 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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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 >
Big Dose of HSA Education Needed
Survey results show nearly a third of consumers surveyed currently have an HSA, and many respondents had one previously, so, in total, almost half of respondents either currently have one or have had one in the past.  Read more >
IRS Publishes 2021 HSA Max Inflation Adjustment
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service adjusts its annual contribution limitations for health savings accounts to account for inflation. 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 >
A Time of Crisis. A Time to Solve Our Big Problems?
With passage of the CARES Act, Congress has demonstrated an ability to speedily enact ambitious bipartisan legislation that addresses the nation’s major challenges head on. Sources wonder whether the feat can be repeated. Read more >
Employers Called on to Retain Older Workers
By one estimate, allowing people to work longer could boost GDP by 19%. 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.

Fiduciaries of Mutual of Omaha 401(k) Plan Agree to Pay $6.7M to Settle Suit

The suit alleged 401(k) plan fiduciaries selected numerous investment options not to benefit the plan or its participants, but because they paid fees to Mutual of Omaha or its subsidiaries.

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