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 1.5 million HSAs, with nearly $3 billion in HSA assets and deposits. Check out this infographic to learn more about UMB Bank.
Report Card 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.
Keeping funds in a low-interest cash account means accountholders miss out on those funds’ potential investment returns; this is known as opportunity cost. In a way this is a hidden fee because the opportunity to earn money on those dollars is lost. In the case of HealthEquity the opportunity cost of $1,000 not invested is $59, assuming a conservative annual rate of return of 6% and $1 earned in UMB’s savings account.
UMB Healthcare Services offers account holders a well designed pre-selected investment lineup composed of 34 mutual funds via HSA Saver, their proprietary investment platform. 69% (24) 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.
At The HSA Report Card we are big proponents of passive index investing and thus rate highly 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 69% 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 8 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.
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 0.04%)
Annual Administrative Fee: $35.40
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 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.
Personal Finance App Integrations
Pros & Cons
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.