From Beginner to Pro, Make the Most of Your HSA Investments
February 5, 2019
You have a Health Savings Account (HSA). You’ve heard about its investment potential, and you’ve read that it’s like “an IRA on steroids” due to its triple-tax advantage. And you’re investing to grow your funds so they increase at a much higher rate than they would in an HSA’s cash account. But even the most savvy investors can get more out of their accounts. We’ve compiled a few tips to help HSA investors — both new and old — maximize their HSA funds.
Simplify investment monitoring
Some people check their investments every day. Others prefer to check quarterly. The quality of your investment checks and balances matters much more than the frequency. No matter the timing, when looking over your investments, make sure to:
- Evaluate the performance of your existing investments.
- Review available fund options (since they can change).
- Consider life changes that could influence your investment strategy.
With a Discovery Benefits HSA, you can easily check your investments by logging into your online account, clicking the “Accounts” tab, then choosing “Investments.” From there, you can view charts and graphs that show you how your investments have performed.
Adjust investment goals
Your financial needs can change, which may result in the need to adjust your investment goals. That’s natural, since an HSA is especially useful in preparing for retirement healthcare costs and the estimate for what retirees need to cover healthcare costs changes annually.
It’s important to have tools and resources available to help you adjust your investment strategy. Our HSA investment guidance tool within your online account helps you set and achieve your investment goals, giving you the ability to:
- Track your healthcare expenses.
- Obtain a personalized risk assessment.
- Access simulations to estimate your healthcare balance at retirement.
Lean on automation for a hands-off approach
If you’re playing the “long game” with your investment strategy, we have good news! While there are bull and bear markets, the stock market has gone up much more often than it has gone down throughout its history. For example, the annual rate of return for stocks in the S&P 500 is 10 percent. Your investments fluctuate day to day and year to year but, over time, the good years have more than made up for the bad ones.
If you’re in it for the long haul, we make it easy for you to make the most of automation. Within your online account, click on “Investments,” then “Investment Account Setup.” From there, you can set your HSA to automatically transfer funds from your cash account to your investment account (in $100 increments) when your cash balance reaches a threshold of your choosing.
Would you like to learn more about some of the enhancements made to our HSA offering? Check out this HSA Year in Review blog post.
Please note: Discovery Benefits cannot provide investment advice and encourages its participants to seek guidance from a financial adviser for help with investment decisions.