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I don't find a simple definition of the spreadsheet report item "Retirement Account Annuity". Please explain the source of this data. Thanks!

I am retired at age 62. I want to plan for level consumption. Since I am planning to defer social security until 70, I expect to draw more heavily on my retirement accounts until social security kicks in. In ESPlanner, the draw is the same each year.

What do I look at to tell the source of a given year's retirement withdrawal, or when it switches from a TIRA or 401K to a Roth, assuming default order of withdrawal? Obviously the program knows the balances of these accounts, but I can't find where they are exposed.

I'm trying to figure out how to model the follow recommendation from your sister site "Maximize My Social Security ". The recommendation involves the younger spouse filing/collecting at 62 for 4 years to allow the older spouse to collect spousal until she is 70.

I ran Monte Carlo simulation and for the 2016 recommendations, it has Discretionary Spending (DS)at $115,251 and Current Amount of ($111,658), which also has to have an impact on Savings.

Tags: monte carlo

I have been working to get the Monte Carlo section up and running for my situation and have a couple of questions regarding its implementation.
A little background:

Tags: monte carlo

Just working through the Monte Carlo simulations and excited to be getting some data but first have a question about "Implement Portfolios" folder.

So i have 7 accounts. 6 tax sheltered (3 each for my wife and myself that are tax sheltered) and one open joint account.

Tags: medicare

My wife's retirement pension also includes re-reimbursement of Medicare part B premiums.

Am I correct in indicating the we will never enroll under the Social Security tab?

Perhaps this is a simple terminology question. I have assets (cash, stocks, and mutual funds set aside for my retirement in several taxable brokerage accounts. They assets are from Employee Stock Purchase plan and inheritance.

This is my 3rd run of ESPlanner since I retired June 1, 2013. Last year, and this year 2016, I have done a bit of consulting.
1) Am I correct to put that Income on the Earnings page under Self Employment Earnings after setting the retirement age to 1/1/2016?

I'm sure this has been answered plenty, but my search function keeps sending me back to the Home page. Here's the question, then:
How to comprehend "maximum indebtedness" in the Assumptions section?

Tags: monte carlo

In the years 2022-2025 of my Details Report (Monte Carlo planning method), my Total Income is less than Total Spending. Why would this be?

All of the modeling I've done until recently assumed a maximum age of 100. It would seem that living longer requires more assets at the outset of retirement than does dying at, say, 85.

I'm using the Monte Carlo simulation with Conservative Spending to assess the risk that my plan won't meet basic living requirements far into the future. To do that, I'm looking in the Monte Carlo results at the Percentile Distributions of both Living Standard and Income.

Is there a way to manually add entries to the past covered social security earnings? I'm missing a year and need to add it.

My domestic partner of 17 years and I both filed for divorced ex-spousal Social Security benefits this year. Hers is $1,113/month. Mine will be around $800/month.

Just want to make sure I have this all straight --

Income is the total income from all sources (wages, investments, SS, Real Estate)

I observe that some special expenditures and receipts for the last year of life are not reported as spending / income. What are the guidelines for these in the last year? Are they dependent on a month?

I want to look at different states to live in to compare cost of living, taxes...
or even different cities within a state.
Where or how can you do these different scenairos?

After entering specific income for work years I see a minor discrepancy in the amount in the pdf report. For some reason the last 2-3 years income is less than that inputted by a small and seemingly arbitrary amount. This was consistent for each person (a couple).

Where do I enter data so the program calculates the Social Security benefit for my adult disabled child. My understanding is that he will be eligible for 50% of my normal Social Security benefit when I start collecting Social Security. I don't see where to enter this in ESPlanner.

I anticipate inheriting both a Regular IRA and a Roth IRA sometime in the future.

Tags: 401K, after-tax

The 401-k after-tax balance should be entered into the "ROTH accounts" totals based on prior questions. This does address the tax exemption on withdrawal but does not address the taxable gains since ROTH balances are tax exempted.

Tags: Profile dump

When we are creating different profiles there is a danger of some parameter not being as expected. Reviewing parameters between profiles is very tedious going from one panel to another and looking at all the fields.

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