UMB Health Services, is a division of UMB Bank, n.a., based in Kansas City Missouri. UMB Healthcare Services is a top 10 custodian, with account holders throughout the nation. Today, UMB Healthcare Services provides solutions for more than 5.6 million healthcare spending account cards, including more than 1.25 million HSAs, with nearly $2.6 billion in HSA assets and deposits. Check out this infographic to learn more about the UMB Bank.
for UMB Bank as an investment vehicle
The ideal investment health savings account (HSA) has no investment threshold, allowing the very first dollar you contribute to be invested. If you're using an HSA for investment purposes, seek an administrator that does not hold your dollars hostage in a checking account earning little to no interest.
UMB Bank has established an investment threshold of $1,000. You must always have $1,000 in the HSA checking account. Any excess dollars over this amount can be transferred to the investment account.
UMB Healthcare Services offers account holders a well designed pre-selected investment lineup composed of 33 mutual funds via HSA Saver, their proprietary investment platform. 70% (23) of the funds in the pre-selected lineup are from the Vanguard Group. The other fund families represented in the lineup are illustrated in the chart below.
The table below displays the number of funds offered for each asset class in the UMB Bank investment lineup.
There's no secret that we here at the The HSA Report Card are big proponents of passive index investing. Thus, we look favorably upon administrators that offer low-cost index funds for each of the major asset classes. In the table above, you can see that UMB Bank offers low-cost index funds for every major asset class. In fact, low-cost, broadly diversified index funds represent 70% of choices. UMB Bank has done a great job of constructing a well-rounded investment lineup.
How expensive are the funds in the UMB Bank investment lineup?
UMB Bank offers participants a large number of low-priced funds. The expense ratios across asset classes are extremely low due to the heavy emphasis on low-cost index funds from the Vanguard family. Of the 7 HSA administrators in our study that offer pre-selected investment lineups, UMB Bank ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to investment costs.
Interest Bearing Account
The UMB HSA Deposit Account is an interest bearing account. Interest bearing accounts make sense for participants who are uneasy about investing their HSA dollars in the equity markets.
In our study of the top 10 investment HSAs, UMB Bank ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to fees. UMB Bank charges its participants fixed fees, which is something we at The HSA Report Card view favorably.
UMB Bank participants can evade the maintenance fee by leaving $3,000 in the HSA checking account. Before opting to leave $3,000 in the checking account, take into consideration the opportunity cost of not investing this money.
In this section, we have a little fun projecting fees for each administrator. Our goal was to find the path to the lowest possible fees for each administrator. Keep in mind, we are assuming the HSA is being used solely for investment purposes, therefore only certain fees will apply. Given that every HSA offering is different, there is no perfect way to compare the top 10 administrators in our study. Nonetheless, we gave it a shot and believe there is value in presenting our findings.
In order to compare fees, we made a few simple assumptions:
Every dollar above the investment threshold was invested.
Current and future contributions were invested in a single fund.
No transaction fee (NTF) or commission-free ETF programs were utilized to buy the index funds.
If these index funds were not available under the NTF and/or commission-free ETF programs, we turned to the open market and executed a single trade per calendar year in order to keep transaction costs down.
For UMB Bank we made the following assumptions:
Every dollar was invested in VTSAX (expense ratio 0.05%)
Annual Administrative Fee: $30
Annual Investment Fee: $36
The chart below summarizes the projected fees on different investment balances for UMB Bank.
The following chart illustrates where UMB Bank stands in terms of fees compared to the other top investment HSA administrators.
UMB Bank ranks as the 7th lowest cost provider among the top 10 investment HSA providers in our study.
In our search for the very best investment HSAs, we looked for specific technical features that make the the investment process simple and hassle-free. Of the 6 technical features we look for in an investment HSA, UMB Bank checks off 5, making it one of the more feature rich investment offerings in our study.
Within the WealthCare portal you can schedule recurring transfers from other financial institutions to the HSA Checking account.
There is a one-way sweep from the HSA Checking account to the investment account. When your HSA balance exceeds a threshold you set, money will be swept into your investment account and be allocated per the elections you have set up for investments.
UMB Bank does not have an auto-rebalancing feature. Investments must be manually rebalanced.
Dividends are automatically reinvested by each mutual fund in the investment account.
UMB Bank offers users an intuitive user interface and a hassle free digital customer experience. The UMB Bank HSA is fully integrated; a single password is all it takes to access all accounts. The HSA account and investment account can all be managed via the online member portal (WealthCare). You can view account and investment balances as well as graphs and reports to monitor contribution limits. HSA Saver is UMB Bank's proprietary investment platform, which has received positive reviews by participants.
Receipt Storage Tool
Manage all of your receipts online using UMB Banks WealthCare portal. Simply take a photo on your phone or upload a scanned document from your computer to store for future tax free reimbursement, submit with a new claim or match with an existing claim.
Pros & Cons
1. Reasonable fees
2. Well constructed investment lineup
3. Investment process can be automated thanks to an investment sweep feature
4. Integrated platform. Investments are built in. One log in to access all accounts.
1. $1,000 investment thresold
2. Opaque fee disclosures
A UMB Bank HSA may be right for you if:
You are satisfied with the investment options in the pre-selected lineup
You want to automate your investments
You desire an online receipt storage tool
You are also planning on spending some of those HSA dollars. UMB Bank is on our short list of the best HSAs for spenders.
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