Planit:Assumptions and Notes Tab

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What assumptions must I enter before calculating the results for my modular goal?
• Tax calculations
• Investment income distribution
• Rate of Return and Standard Deviation
• What should you use?

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On the <Results> screen you first have a few assumptions to set up for this specific goal on the Assumptions tab.


Average Tax Rate

This the the average tax rate which will be used to calculating the tax on investment income pre-retirement.

The Modular Goal Process does use a full T1 tax calculation, but does it does use this Average Tax Rate on pre-retirement since in the pre-retirement period the Modular Goal Process does not use the current taxable incomes it only uses it at Retirement.

As just explained above, the number that you enter in the Tax Rate field, will be used to determine the taxes payable on any investment income earned during the pre-retirement period. So if you have a client who is currently 45 and they are retiring at age 55, this tax rate will be used between now and age 55.

This table will provide you with some suggestions for identifying the tax rate.


Portfolio: This is where you can specify what investment assumptions you want to make relative to this goal. This drop down will be populated with all of the standard portfolios available on the site, plus several other options, depending on what you have already done for the client. You can choose the “Custom” option which allows you to manually choose the return and standard deviation I want to use. There should also be various pre-defined portfolios you can also choose. "This Goal" is defined as if you have more than one portfolio. It will run different returns for the "Goal" linked to the Portfolio.


Return on Assets: As mentioned above, if you select “Custom” you can manually enter your return assumption to be used for your analysis. Or if you select one of the portfolio options, the return for that portfolio will be displayed. The portfolio returns will be adjusted based on the return reduction factory you used on the <Planning Assumptions> screen.

Standard Deviation: This number will be populated for you if you select one of the standard portfolios, but if you use a custom return, you’ll have to set a reasonable standard deviation for that rate of return assumption.

Investment Income Distribution: When you click on the Colored Pie Chart you can view the Income Distribution. When you select a standard portfolio, the income distribution that is typical for the asset allocation of that portfolio will be displayed. You may then retain that income distribution or edit it to recognize your implementation approach.