SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles Schwab has launched integrations with leading Health Savings Account (HSA) providers to enable advisors to invest and manage their clients’ HSA investments. These Advisor-Managed Consumer-Direct HSA programs use Schwab’s Health Savings Brokerage Account (HSBA), a brokerage window within an HSA that delivers broad investment capabilities for advisors and their clients.
Health Savings Accounts continue to grow in popularity, with 28 million HSAs holding nearly $66 billion in assets as of year-end 2019, including $50.2 billion in deposits and $15.7 billion in investments.* Schwab makes it possible for advisors to maximize the value of these triple-tax-advantaged accounts for their clients by offering the ability to invest through a brokerage window designed specifically for HSAs.
Financial advisors are in an ideal position to educate clients about the role HSAs can play in helping manage health care costs in retirement. “Paying for health care in retirement is a top concern for Americans. This HSA program offers advisors a powerful tool to address this challenge, and can also help them deepen client engagement, increase referrals, and achieve a competitive advantage,” said Mark Coffrini, senior vice president, Schwab Retirement Business Services.
Opening an HSBA electronically is easy through integrations Schwab has developed with leading health care financial services providers Optum Bank and Discovery Benefits LLC, a Wex company. Schwab’s HSBA offers access to thousands of investment options including mutual funds, exchange traded funds, REITs, individual stocks and bonds, and more.
Portability and Flexibility
Like individual retirement accounts, HSAs are portable, so even if an investor is not currently with an HSA provider with access to Schwab’s HSBA, they can open an additional HSA and transfer their existing HSA savings to an Optum Bank or Discovery Benefits HSA. They can continue making contributions as long as they remain covered by a high deductible health plan. Importantly, individuals can have multiple HSAs. For example, an individual can contribute to their workplace HSA via payroll deduction and transfer funds to a separate HSA managed by their advisor.
HSBAs work like other Schwab brokerage accounts. They are accessible to advisors through Schwab Advisor Center (SAC), and to investors through Schwab Alliance or Schwab.com. Account data downloads are available through Schwab’s Data Delivery (SDD) process. And, they can be incorporated in Schwab OpenView gateway, as well as integrated with third party software. Additionally, advisors can leverage the standard custodial billing process for management fees through SAC.
Schwab is already an established leader in the HSA marketplace. Charles Schwab Trust Bank custodies $7.4 billion in HSA investments, representing nearly half of all HSA investments as of December 31, 2019. In addition, many leading HSA providers rely on Schwab Retirement Technologies® for advanced recordkeeping and administration services to support workplace HSA benefit programs.
Advisors can learn more about the Advisor-Managed Consumer-Direct HSA Program here.
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Schwab Health Savings Brokerage Account (HSBA) is offered through Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”), Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer offering investment services and products. Trust, custody, and deposit products and services are available through Charles Schwab Trust Bank (“Schwab Trust Bank”), Member FDIC. Schwab and Schwab Trust Bank are separate but affiliated companies and wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Please consult with your legal counsel and tax advisor about your particular circumstances. Third party HSA providers are not owned by, affiliated with, or supervised by Schwab or Schwab Trust Bank nor is Charles Schwab or any of its affiliates responsible for the services provided by these HSA providers. Schwab provides referrals to unaffiliated, third party HSA providers who use Charles Schwab Trust Bank and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. brokerage services for the investment portion of their HSA programs. Schwab is not responsible for the services provided by these HSA providers.
Discovery Benefits, LLC and Optum Bank are unaffiliated with The Charles Schwab Corporation and its affiliates.
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*2019 Devenir Year-end HSA Research Report. Devenir Group, LLC.
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