Retirement Savings Planner - Ideas Forum

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  1. Networth Calculation and Printout

    Add new Networth screen where you enter non-retirement investments and assets, as well as Liabilities. Can then show Networth. Even better, is to add a growth rate to both assets and the liabilities and project networth over time.

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    • Investment screen: Add Asset Classes or Risk Styles

      Add column for asset class or risk style so that each investment can be classified. Then create a pie chart showing the "allocation". Do not do any optimization but just "report" the % allocation among asset classes specified by user.

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      • Plot actual investment performance

        Place a marker (dot/line plot) on each annual bar of the savings graph representing what their actual investments were worth. This would allow us to show graphically where the client is in relation to their savings goal (above or below trend). Should only require input on a spreadsheet once per year at their annual review.

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        • PRO Version: Integration with Advisors Exchange

          Integrate with Advisors Exchange so that client portfolios can be pulled automagically without having to hand enter anything.

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          • expand performance input field

            I would like to expand the performance input field, especially during their working years. Perhaps by decade for example 20 -10% 30-9%40-8%50-7%60-6%. Ive used an average ranging from 11% in the early days to 8% now.

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            • Enhanced Investment Values plus Internet Data pull

              Add symbols and shares to Investment screen, and perhaps cost basis. Can then pull values from internet sites like Yahoo to instantly update portfolio value without waiting for your "statement" to arrive in snail mail.

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              • Consumer: Show remaining income

                If one spouse has retired and is collecting Social Security and the other continues to work for several years it's possible there may excess funds available. This excess amount should be shown so they could be redirected into an investment.

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                • Investment Screen: Add re-allocation calculation

                  Add a current % of portfolio for each line item. Also add "proposed %" for each line item where advisor enters the re-allocation. Re-allocation percentages calculated by outside optimization programs NOT in the Retirement Planner. But given a current % and a proposed %, calculate the proposed $ values and display a column for "Proposed Change" which tells you a positive or negative number and a dollar amount to CHANGE the investments from one allocation to another. Ideal for 401k plans, for example.

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                  • CONSUMER: Allow creation of multiple files.

                    Add traditional File New, Open, Save for the consumer editions.

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                    • CONSUMER - PRINT SPREADSHEET OPTION

                      Program has the option to export spreadsheet to EXCEL. Not all users have EXCEL. Shifting back and forth and doing many screen prints is cumbersome.
                      REPORT option has print spreadsheet but is limited to "9 most important" columns.

                      Would be helpful resolving problem with a print of one age data on one page for review.

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                      • CONSUMER - Add option "Do you want to save this file?"

                        Option would allow for "what if" scenario if a user wants to change fields then exit out of the program without savings this data. Current EXIT will automatically save data now.

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                        • Consumer: Add 2 additional spreadsheet columns - Total Fed Tax & Total State Tax

                          Would serve as a possible "Red Flag" item. If I normally pay $20,000 in Federal Taxes and a one year line now shows #35,000 then user needs to research why. May be valid - may not be valid.
                          Same would be true in reverse - normally pay $20,000 and now one line $12,000.
                          If valid would allow user to make necessary change to reduce withholding amounts.

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                          • Consumer: Report Cover Sheet

                            Print in lower left hand corner the location of where DEFAULTS.DAT is located.

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                            • Consumer: Report User Page

                              Allow for the creation and editing of a one page for user notes. User could enter such notes as to report planning things to do list, deadlines to be met list, account telephone numbers, whatever.

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                              • Consumer - Add "Last Update" column to Investment Table

                                Add a column to the Investment Table to show Last Update for that entry. This could server as a reminder if date is extremely old suggesting an update to
                                Current Estimated Dollar Value perhaps is in order.

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                                  • Consumer: Add RMD Report Option

                                    User age 70 need to be concerned with Required Mininum Distributions. It would be nice to have a RMD printed report rather than go searching for this data from the spreadsheet.

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                                    • Consumer: Add Grand Total Lines

                                      Add Grand Total lines to 3 report items:
                                      Portfolio of Investments, Cash Infusion and Special Expenses.

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                                      • Import lines into Special Expenses from CSV format

                                        Or perhaps from a Quicken format. This would allow you to import a "budget" without having to hand enter it.

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                                        • Add password protection

                                          On program open, require password to enter the system to prevent casual users from seeing personal job income and related financial information stored in the Retirement Savings Planner.

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