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I want to put my database in cloud storage so I can access it from different computers which are in different locations (Florida & Connecticut). Can you provide some detailed guidance on how to accomplish this?

OK, how do I get ESPlanner to let me control total spending? It came up with a number that is about double what we actually spend then draws down our regular savings to pay for it. Huh? I really don't care what ESPlanner thinks we should spend.

Over $100 difference between ESP(higher) and AnyPIA from S.S. downloaded program

I've created a comprehensive financial life plan. It's in today's dollars which makes it easier to However, I need to follow this plan for the next few decades. What are some recommended approaches for updating and following the plan over decades?

I'm planning to put my house on the market next year, to downsize. We'll sell the current house without having bought another, to remain more flexible in terms of market opportunities.

When I enter the lump sum payment, it treats it as a taxable event. I have been given the option of rolling over the payout to a self-directed IRA or my employers 401k plan. But I can't figure out how to enter it properly.

I want my stock allocation to reduce over time, perhaps -1% per year, sometimes called a "glide path". What are good ways to do this in my ES Planner model? Haave you tried this?

I am wondering how the Nominal Assets Income figure on the Federal Taxes Report is calculated.

Tags: annuity

Can someone suggest a public source of information about available annuities, without engaging a broker? I'm comparing the benefits of placing about 30% of my retirement assets in a fixed annuity, at retirement.

I would like one table that tells me and my wife, for my a given level of spending, the required smooth withdrawal rate and the effect on my assets over the time horizon. When I do this in Conventional Planning I get a huge level of spending in the current year.

Hi All-

Given the precarious financial state of SS, I am wondering what adjustments are being made by users as to benefit taxation or reductions. ESP clearly allows for you to adjust some parameters and by different dates. Anyone come up with reasonable ideas?


My wife receives a non-covered pension from a state teachers retirement system. She receives a flat amount, not a percent, of a COLA increase annually (e.g. $800/yr). I entered her pension as non-covered with zero % annual increase in ESPlanner.

1. Expenses tab, item #5: Is the growth percentage real growth over and above inflation rate?

It would be nice if ESPlanner allowed an input for non-spousal inherited IRA's. Is this something that might be considered in the future? It seems like it would be easy enough to do - just add the decendents date of death and then the account balance.

ESPlanner does not seem to be implementing a WEP reduction to my social security benefits. My situation is the following: I am 70+ and began receiving SSA benefits a few months ago based on covered employment early in my career.

I have defined Default as the portfolio for my wife's and my retirement assets, and Portfolio 2 for our non-retirement assets.

I have gotten much out of the use of ESPlanner over the years, so thanks!

I'm getting error message: "An unexpected err has occurred:
Error Number: 1004
Error Desc: 'C:\Users\Bob\Documents\My ESPlanner\xxxxx.xls' could not be found. Check the spelling of the file name, and verify that the file location is correct.

I'm just starting to play around with user-defined assets.

Why is there no “relative risk” for new funds that I’ve added? Does this matter? Will this affect the way Monte Carlo results are calculated?

Tags: Balances

I could've sworn I knew the answer, but can't find it documented to confirm.

Are balances --- e.g. Net Worth report for 2015 -- reflecting the value as of 01/01/2015 or 12/31/2015?