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We’re thrilled to announce our latest round of enhancements that have been added to NaviPlan. In our latest release, we have introduced a new account type, new client reports, Ontario tax updates, and various other improvements. You can view or read more about these changes below.
New account type –PRIF
Prescribed Registered Retirement Income Funds (PRIF) are now available for use within the Assets section of Net Worth. Additionally, PRIF conversion is also available for all eligible registered account types and provinces.
This additional account type offers greater and more realistic planning scenarios within NaviPlan.
Client portal enhancements
Collaborative client onboarding
The client creation workflow has been streamlined, allowing for a client to gain access to the client portal and receive a financial profile as soon as they are created within NaviPlan. This option makes onboarding new clients easier and more efficient.
Client portal functionality within the Presentation Module
Client portal management functionality has been added to the Presentation Module. This allows for unhindered access to client portal management for advisors who primarily work in the Presentation Module.
Fact finder archiving
Active fact finders can now be archived by the advisor within the fact finder management page. Archiving allows advisors to clean up any outstanding incomplete fact finders, allowing for future fact finders to be sent to that client if the situation arises.
Improved account entry
The homepage and net worth sections have been expanded to show net worth information from multiple sources (fact finder, financial plan). Clients now have greater visibility into their financial picture regardless of where they are in the financial planning process.
Expanded expense support and entry
Expenses in the client portal now support all expense types from NaviPlan. Clients can click the dropdown as they enter their expenses for inclusion.
New client reports
NaviPlan includes updates to several legacy and quick action report pages for use in the new client report format.
Income Tax Timeline and Timeline Comparison reports
Give clients an idea of the impact of taxes on their plan with the "Income Tax Timeline" and "Income Tax Timeline Comparison" reports. These reports present annual tax values over the course of a client's plan graphically. These reports can be used to visualize the burden of taxes and, in the case of the comparison report, visualize differences between current and alternative plan tax liability.
Efficient Frontier report
The Efficient Frontier report highlights all investment portfolios that provide the highest return for a given amount of risk (measured by standard deviation), represented by a line. This report is a great way to visualize the risk/return-efficiency of a client's portfolio return and how it can be improved. It can also be used to spring board conversations about reinvestment opportunities.
Detailed Cash Flow Analysis report
The quick action "Retirement Cash Flow Summary" report now exists as a client report called "Detailed Cash Flow Analysis." This report breaks down annual cash inflows and outflows and presents a surplus or deficit (if available). This highlights where expenses and incomes are coming from and can help explain to clients why shortfalls might be occurring during the life of the plan.
Net Wealth Accumulation report
Show clients how their wealth changes overtime with the "Net Wealth Accumulation" report. This report projects end-of-year net worth values through the plan and categorizes how changes in net worth occur. This report is a great tool to support answers on how net worth may change over the course of a client's lifetime and how each section of their net worth is affected.
Ontario tax updates
The Ontario provincial tax calculations now assume the budget proposals, including the elimination of the surtax, will not be enacted.
Additional tax details for alternative plans
It is now possible to accurately reflect and show tax strategies within the Scenario Manager. Found under "Tax Details" on the left-hand navigation of the Scenario Manager, you can model various tax credits and deductions as potential alternative scenarios for your clients. Like all changes in the Scenario Manager, these tax strategies are unique to this scenario and can be used as a comparative strategy to discuss the health of a client's financial plan.
New client preference –Tax Impact of Reallocation Default
Control whether or not you want capital gains to occur on reallocation with the Tax Impact of Reallocation Default user preference. By default, this option is checked. NaviPlan assumes that a capital gains tax will occur when a profile has its asset profile changed. This option offers more flexibility in regards to how you want your client's taxes to be calculated and reported.
Expanded Refundable Dividend Tax On Hand private corporation support
Refundable Dividend Tax on Hand (RDTOH) data entry will be split into Eligible Refundable Dividend Tax On Hand (ERDTOH) and Non-eligible Refundable Dividend Tax On Hand (NRDTOH), supporting greater accuracy in private corporation planning after 2019. This ensures accurate dividend refunds are paid back into the client’s private corporation after dividends have been paid to shareholders. This value can be adjusted within the “Historical Data” section of the “Private Corporation Details” pop-up for plans with a plan year of 2019 or later. Additionally, the Private Corporation Synopsis, Private Corporation Projected Balances, and Private Corporation Income Tax Summary reports support this split with columns for both ERDTOH and NRDTOH.
Adjustable Canadian Child Benefit net income assumptions
The default value to estimate the previous year’s net income/historical data number is now based on the current year’s net income, improving the way to model Canada Child Benefit (CCB) in a simple plan without detailed historic data. This solution, while not for all client cases, will provide an accurate calculation for this benefit in one easy step. To adjust this value, go to “Active Client- Assumptions - Historical Data - Canada Child Benefit”.
CPP/QPP start date improvements
CPP/QPP start date entry has been made more flexible. Start dates may now be entered by client age starting on the month of their birthday. The event calendar has been made to act like anywhere else you would see it in NaviPlan, and eventbased (like retirement) start dates can now be offset to start by years or months after the event. This gives control to recreate how a payout might actually occur.
We look forward to introducing additional enhancements to the newly improved NaviPlan and its client portal in the very near future. In the meantime, current users can learn more about these latest enhancements by accessing the NaviPlan learning center.