Some individuals report that health care costs are affecting their ability to save for retirement and their overall financial wellbeing. However, employers continue to advocate for employees to also save in health savings accounts (HSAs) to address current and future health expenses, even as employees say they are struggling with saving in both. An expert offers a strategy for doing so, and research suggests a way to combine health management with annuities to address future health care expenses. Other than health care, providers are continuing to develop products designed to improve employees’ financial picture via student loan repayment benefits and equity compensation plans. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.
Of the nearly half of survey respondents who report they have experienced health care cost increases in the past year, 24% state they have decreased their contributions to retirement plans, and 17% have taken a loan or withdrawal from a retirement plan.
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The nomination process has begun for the 2019 Plan Sponsor of the Year and Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Awards. Today is the deadline for nominations for Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Awards.
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The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.
Bob Collie, head of research at the Thinking Ahead Institute, tells PLANSPONSOR version 3.0 will be customized by “hyper-customization and integrated whole-of-life wealth management” that takes into account all of a person’s savings.