PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 23rd, 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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Facts You Haven’t Learned About HSAs
One overlooked benefit of HSAs is that people can actually spend money on qualified health care expenses out of pocket and then reimburse themselves tax-free via the HSA once they enter retirement.  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 >
An Eye-Opening Millennial Q&A
Kevin Boyles at Millennium Trust says companies have been responding to the pandemic with exceptional agility—driven in no small part by the expectations of their Millennial workers. Read more >
Employers Face High Health Care Benefit Costs for 2021
Many are already implementing strategies to drive down expenses. Read more >
Considering Health Expenses in Retirement Planning
To start off the panel, attendees were asked whether they currently offer a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with an added HSA feature in their plan design. Seventy percent answered yes, while 10% said no but that they are considering one, and 19% stated they do not and are not planning on adding one. Read more >
Supporting Financial Wellness in the New Workplace
Financial wellness has taken on a new relevance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts share tips on how advisers can figure out how to offer access to best-in-breed programs to enrich overall benefits programs and participant outcomes. 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.
HUB International Running Full Steam Ahead on RIA Acquisitions
The aggregator expects it will announce several more acquisitions of leading retirement plan advisory firms this year and have a busy 2021.
Has the DOL Found an ESG Middle Ground?
George Michael Gerstein, an ERISA attorney with Stradley Ronon, dissects the DOL’s final rule regarding ESG investing in retirement plans, calling it a compromise that might be here to stay.
A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
OMB Has Received a Final Fiduciary Rule From DOL

The sense of déjà vu associated with the filing of a finalized fiduciary rule by the Department of Labor is palpable, but one ERISA expert says this version could actually stick—for good—despite the pending change in administration.

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