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Tax cut optimism may be overblown

March 22, 2017

Even if new health-care legislation makes it through the House and Senate, the timing is likely to push tax reform into next year, pushing tax cuts further into the future, says Wall Street Journal columnist Justin Lahart. "Investors who are...

InvestmentNews turns 20: A young industry evolves, as does our coverage

November 10, 2018

The 20 years since InvestmentNews launched in 1998 have involved tremendous change in and around the financial advice industry. Here are 20 events that rocked advisers and their clients — many of which will continue to shape the profession...

HSAs give asset managers distribution outlet for in-house funds

January 30, 2019

Health savings accounts are getting more popular, and it's no surprise asset managers and retirement plan record keepers are debuting products to jump on the bandwagon. Voya Financial Inc. launched its first HSA platform last week, following...

Even the strongest retirement plans can be derailed by health care costs

February 26, 2018

Rising health care costs have long been the bane of working Americans, but most people don't give enough thought to how escalating health care costs in retirement can derail even the most solid financial plan. "While the exact cost varies for...

Growth in Health Savings Accounts may have stalled, says EBRI

February 20, 2018

Growth rates in health savings account (HSA)-eligible health plan enrollment have been trending down since 2014, showing very little growth since then, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. EBRI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research...

Health care costs squeeze retirement savings

April 13, 2016

Once upon a time, workplace-based savings accounts were focused largely on retirement. Contributions to 401(k) plans or similar employer-sponsored plans helped employees build a retirement nest egg while reducing their current tax burden. But...

Helping clients get a second chance at Medicare benefits

December 14, 2014

Medicare annual enrollment just ended for most beneficiaries. Yet many Medicare beneficiaries throughout the United States will get a second bite at the 2015 enrollment apple. Every year, carriers discontinue a significant number of Medicare...

Improved health outcomes can boost retirement savings

July 10, 2018

What would you say about a planning tool that quantifies how improved management of a chronic health condition can reduce a client's medical expenses, increase their life expectancy and boost disposable income? What if you took it a step further...

Open Medicare enrollment season gives clients a chance to save

September 25, 2014

Medicare's annual open enrollment season is an ideal time for clients to shop around for new Medicare coverage — even if they are happy with their current plan — to see if it is still appropriate for their needs. Open enrollment this year...

Promise of ACA's small business initiative falls flat

August 31, 2014

The Affordable Care Act made many great promises. Like all legislation, some promises materialized, such as guaranteed-issue health insurance. Other provisions failed to take hold. One area that held great promise was the Small Business Health...

Small businesses still ailing in wake of Affordable Care Act

August 31, 2014

A year ago, financial advisers were cheering the launch of government health insurance exchanges, but today they're grappling with costly group insurance policies for their small business clients, who have been hurt by delays in the implementation...

Rethinking retirement income replacement rules

December 10, 2015

I sympathize with financial professionals who try to advise their clients on how much to save for retirement when the traditional 80% of pre-retirement income target is being questioned. Some research suggests that the rule of thumb, based on...

Little has changed in health of Social Security system

July 29, 2014

The looming, long-term deficit of the Social Security system is the perpetual elephant in the room in Washington. Each year, we are reminded of the silent giant's presence with the release of the Social Security Board of Trustees' annual report....

Delayed retirement reduces health care costs

June 12, 2014

I know I must sound like a broken record (or an iPod in permanent shuffle mode), but delaying retirement by even a few years can have a big impact on a client's retirement income plan, thanks to higher Social Security benefits and by allowing...

New ways to estimate and fund long-term care costs

July 5, 2018

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of retirees more than the three letters: LTC. The potentially crushing costs of long-term care in a nursing home, memory care unit or even at home — most of which are not covered by Medicare — can easily...

Trump moves to undermine Obamacare

October 12, 2017

President Donald J. Trump began his own effort to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act after Republican leaders in Congress failed to repeal and replace his predecessor's signature legislative accomplishment. Mr. Trump's directive, signed...

A doctor deconstructs the Affordable Care Act

October 6, 2013

Fewer advisers have kept a closer eye on the Affordable Care Act than Dr. Carolyn McClanahan, a physician and director of financial planning at Life Planning Partners Inc. Indeed, health care reform has kept her busy: It's been a focal point...

Health care knowledge boosts your value

September 8, 2013

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey published last month, 51% of those polled said they don't have enough information about the Affordable Care Act to understand how it will affect them and their families. That isn't surprising, given...

From elder planning to implementation

May 17, 2015

Not to beat a dead horse, but the population in the United States is getting older and older. Most everyone has heard the statistic that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. Couple that with the fact that life expectancies continue to grow....

Health coverage may not be client's first priority

May 19, 2013

When it comes to helping clients save for health care costs during retirement, financial advisers need to balance concerns about massive medical costs with a retiree's quality of life, which is no small task. The keynote session at the Retirement...

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