The software is based on Inflows and Outflows. With Income used to model any of your client's inflows such as payroll, social security, pensions, or the sale of assets. And Goals used to model any of their outflows such as expenses, expenditures, or retirement spending needs.
The primary objective of a Goals-Based plan is to satisfy all your client's Goals.
On the cash flow report, Goals are labelled as Total Net Goals and Fees (column 5). To satisfy your client's Goals the system's default order is:
- Total Net Income (column 4)
- RMDs (calculated automatically),
- Gross Taxable Distributions (column 7),
- Gross Tax-Deferred Distributions (column 8), and lastly
- Tax-Exempt Distributions (column 9).
Note: There may be certain situations where you would rather see the source of funds follow a different order of withdrawals. You can change the system's order using Account Specific Withdrawals to select which accounts you want to satisfy the goals in a given year.
The Beginning Portfolio Value (column 3) in Year 1 (2018 for example) is just the value of all the accounts added together. Anything taken out of 1. Taxable Accounts (column 7), 2. Tax-Deferred Accounts (column 8), or 3. Tax-Exempt Accounts (column 9) will reduce this value. Any contributions or excess income will increase this value. The Simulated Net Return (column 13) is based on the allocation model chosen for this plan and will also change this value.
Here is an article for a complete breakdown of the cash flow report. Scroll down to Report Output: