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RMD Start Ages in TOTAL


by Alexander Long

With the passage of the SECURE Act in December 2019, there came important changes in the timing of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for retirement plans. For those who have not yet started their RMDs, they will now begin when they turn 72 years old.


Multiple Inherited IRAs in TOTAL


by Alexander Long

With the most recent update to TOTAL Planning Suite, the Inherited IRA feature has been updated to allow users to enter multiple Inherited IRAs. Each inherited IRA will have its own report page, so they can be entered in any pattern to illustrate even the most complex system of inherited IRAs.


Annuities in TOTAL


by David Winslow

Annuities in TOTAL are typically represented as either Tax-Deferred Assets or as Other Income.  Adding annuities to a plan is easy and even complex annuities can be modeled with TOTAL’s powerful features. 


New to TOTAL Desktop - Live Capital Projection Graph


by Alexander Long

With the newest version of  TOTAL Desktop advisors are now able to open a retirement projection graph during data entry. This graph allows advisors to actively see how each change affects a scenario.


10-Year Cash Flow Detail - New Reports in TOTAL


by Carolyn Rothwell

New detailed cash flow reports are now available in TOTAL, allowing advisors to demonstrate year-by-year, line-by-line changes to income and expenses. The reports include a total age span of 10 years, broken into two reports each displaying a five year period.  The start age for the detailed cash flow reports defaults to client 1's retirement age and can be adjusted to start at any age


TOTAL - New Release Available Now


by Carolyn Rothwell

A new release of TOTAL is available now, featuring new detailed cash flow reports, allowing advisors to demonstrate year-by-year, line-by-line changes to income and expenses over a 10-year span. Learn about all the new features included in the latest release.  


Illustrating Roth IRA Conversions / Rollovers in TOTAL


by Carolyn Rothwell

Converting a traditional IRA (or any other eligible retirement plan) to a Roth IRA is simple to illustrate in TOTAL by using the Monthly Additions/Withdrawals tab of the Asset Details input.  


Join a 20-minute Training Class of TOTAL's Social Security Strategies This Week


by Carolyn Rothwell

Join a 20-minute training to learn more about the new Social Security feature in TOTAL. The training will cover Social Security data entry, the new reports, and FAQs. Two Social Security Strategies classes remain, both scheduled for this week on Tuesday 8/23 and Wednesday 8/24.  


Improved Graphs & Report Visuals -  TOTAL 2016 Summer Release (Part II)


by Carolyn Rothwell

The summer release of TOTAL adds new features and updates to improve your planning experience! This post focuses on improvements to the report visualsAn earlier blog post focused on the new feature to explore the Social Security Strategies available to your clients.  


New Social Security Strategies Feature - TOTAL 2016 Summer Release (Part I)


by Carolyn Rothwell

The summer release of TOTAL adds new features and updates to improve your planning experience! This blog post focuses on the new feature to explore Social Security Strategies available to your clients. A second blog post focuses on the improvements to the report visuals including the graphs, cover, dividers and illustrations.

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