Fidelity’s Award-Winning HSA Can Help Advisors Meet Their Clients’ Growing Demand to Manage Health Care Expenses
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest and most diversified financial services organizations, today announced availability of the industry’s only full-service health savings account (HSA) for financial intermediariesi. Broker-dealer firms, banks and registered investment advisors which are clients of Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions – the industry’s largest clearing and custody providerii – can now help their clients better prepare for and manage health care expenses through Fidelity’s award-winningiii HSA solution, which was established in 2005 and has more than $5.4 billion in assetsiv. Fidelity was named the best HSA provider for both spenders and investors in the Morningstar 2019 Health Savings Account Landscape reportv.
The Fidelity HSA® is a full-service, open architecture brokerage account that is fully integrated with WealthscapeSM, Fidelity’s advisor technology platform. Fidelity acts as the HSA custodian and provides all services integrated through its robust brokerage platform – allowing advisors to handle all aspects of clients’ HSAs, including professional investment management and operational oversight, in one place. HSAs offer a triple tax advantage: contributions are tax-deductible, investors can spend their money on qualified medical expenses tax-free, and any growth is tax-freevi.
Investors are concerned about their health – of the four areas of well-being identified in Fidelity’s 2019 Investor Insights Study (health, financial, life and work), health is the leading cause of stress for all investors, and more than a third are either stressed or not confident about their own health in particularvii.
“Our research shows that paying for health care is a top concern for many people, and HSAs help advisors provide peace of mind for their clients around their financial futures, including the ability to handle health care costs, which are often difficult to plan for,” said Begonya Klumb, head of HSA, Fidelity Health Care Group. “We continue to experience tremendous growth with our HSAs for employer clients and individual investors, and know there is significant demand from the advisors we work with, since HSAs are a way to help clients invest in their long-term well-being in a highly tax efficient way.”
The Fidelity Health Savings Account offers a full brokerage platform with access to more than ten thousand mutual funds, as well as stocks, bonds and ETFs. Advisors can manage and monitor Fidelity HSAs through Wealthscape. Functionality includes easy account setup and ongoing management; the ability to fund accounts and transfer assets; and trading, reporting, correspondence and service features.
The Opportunity for Advisors
HSAs enable advisors to diversify their product offerings and potentially increase assets under management with clients who are looking to invest in their future well-being. According to Morningstar, as of mid-2018, total HSA assets surpassed $51 billion, $10 billion of which is invested (i.e., not in a checking account) and is growing at a faster rate than total HSA assetsviii.
“HSAs give advisors a significant opportunity to deliver value at the top of the Advice Value Stack – helping clients achieve freedom from worry around caring for themselves and loved ones,” said Ryan Plotner, head of brokerage and banking solutions, Fidelity Institutional. “What’s more, managing HSAs in Wealthscape alongside other accounts gives advisors a holistic look at the full financial picture, which is increasingly important as the shift toward financial planning continues, and for helping clients reach life goals and fulfillment.”
More About HSAs
An HSA is a tax-advantaged medical savings account that can help investors pay for qualified medical expenses.
To be eligible to open or contribute to an HSA, individuals must be covered by a high-deductible health plan and cannot be enrolled in Medicare or be a dependent on another person’s tax return. For more information about HSAs, please visit: www.fidelity.com/hsa.
Fidelity launched its workplace HSA offering in 2005. In 2018, Fidelity expanded availability of HSAs to small- and mid-size employers and introduced a new retail HSA offering to individuals who may not have access to an HSA through their employer.
With easy-to-use tools that highlight the options to invest, Fidelity is committed to educating account holders about the growth potential of investing their HSA funds, as many aren’t aware of these options and hold their assets in cash.
For more information about Fidelity HSAs for advisors, please visit go.fidelity.com/HSA.
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i Fidelity offers the only full-service, open architecture HSA broadly available for intermediary clearing and custody advisors.
ii Source: 2019 Aite “New Realities in Wealth Management” Report.
iii Fidelity was named the best HSA provider for both spenders and investors by the Morningstar 2019 Health Savings Account Landscape report, which evaluated 11 of the largest HSA providers. More details are available here: https://www.morningstar.com/articles/947613/our-2019-rankings-of-11-top-hsa-providers.
iv AUA as of 11/30/2019.
v The Morningstar 2019 Health Savings Account Landscape report evaluated 11 of the largest HSA providers. More details are available here: https://www.morningstar.com/articles/947613/our-2019-rankings-of-11-top-hsa-providers.
vi With respect to federal taxation only. Contributions, investment earnings, and distributions may or may not be subject to state taxation.
vii The 2019 Fidelity Investor Insights Study was conducted during the period August 6th through August 26th, 2019. It surveyed a total of 2,026 investors. The study was conducted via a 25-minute online survey, with the sample provided by Brookmark, a third-party firm not affiliated with Fidelity. Respondents were screened for a minimum level of investable assets (excluding retirement assets and primary residence), age, and income levels.
viii Morningstar 2018 Health Savings Account Landscape
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