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New to Snap Projections? Longer-term user but need a refresher?

Join us for Live Product Walkthroughs including the opportunity to ask your own questions.  Get an overview of creating a projection, a review of new features, and have your questions answered by one of our resident Customer Success Specialists. These sessions are more informal than our regular CS Webinars, with less prepared content and more time for questions. This is a new format that we’re trying where you can register for a session and join at any time to ask questions or listen to answers addressing other users’ questions.

These sessions will highlight the basics of the software and provide training on the fundamentals. They will likely go over topics that advanced Snap Projections users are already familiar with.  


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 Upcoming Drop-in Sessions - Registrations

New user/Refresher Training sessions

Whether you're new to Snap Projections or a longer-term user needing a refresher, our engaging webinar is perfect for you. In these sessions, we guide you through the process of creating a plan in Snap for a sample couple. We review the Scenario Setup, Planning Pages, and Client Reports.

We'll also review any questions that you have.



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 Selected Recorded Sessions


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May 1, 2024: 💸 Base Expenses and Additional Expenses

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In this 45-min webinar, we guided you through the process of adding expenses to your projections.


In sessions recorded before March 6, 2024, we refer to Financial Assets as Capital Assets. Please refer to our Release Notes for more details.

Feb 21, 2024: 💼 Sample projections for a couple with a corporation

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In this 45-min webinar, we guided you through the process of adding a corporation to your projections.


Jan 24, 2024: 🎲 FHSA and Randomized Scenarios

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In this session, we guide you through the process of creating a plan in Snap for a sample couple. We review the Scenario Setup, Planning Pages, and Client Reports. Along the way, we touch on copying scenarios, Recommendations, the new FHSA account, and Randomized Scenarios.

Here is the sample client data for this session if you would like to create the projections yourself and then watch the recording.

Clients

  • Monika Gibson, born 1992-01-01
  • Eric Gibson, born 1992-01-01
  • Living in Ontario

General

  • Retirement age for both of 65
  • Inflation rates: 2.1%
  • Rates of return: Cash: 1%, Fixed Income: 2%, Equity: 5%

Expenses

  • Base Expenses: $78K/annually starting at retirement

Incomes

  • Monika:
    • Employment Income of $90,000 for indexed to Inflation until age 64.
    • DBPP of $60K starting at age 65, 80% survivor benefit, indexed at 2.1%
  • Eric:
    • Employment Income of $80,000 indexed to Inflation until age 64.

Assets

  • Monika:
    • Capital Assets:
      • Non Registered: Joint account with $0 to start and asset allocation of 40% FI /60% Equity
      • RRSP: $20K at 40% FI /60% Equity
      • FHSA: $0K at 100% Fixed Income
    • Real Asset:
        • Joint home with future purchase age 38, for $525K in 2030
    • Settings:
      • TFSA Contribution Room of $90K
      • RRSP Contribution Room of $40K, 
        1. Pension Adjustment of $15K
      • FHSA
        • FHSA Opening age: 32 (2024)
        • FHSA Carryforward room for 2024: $0
        • FHSA Lifetime contributions of $0K
        • First home: linked to home
  • Eric:
    • Capital Assets:
      • Non Registered: Joint account with $0 to start and asset allocation of 40% FI /60% Equity
      • RRSP: $40K at 40% FI /60% Equity
      • FHSA: $0K at 100% Fixed Income
    • Settings:
      • TFSA Contribution Room of $90K
      • RRSP Contribution Room of $50K 
      • FHSA
        • FHSA Opening age: 32 (2024)
        • FHSA Carryforward room for 2024: $0
        • FHSA Lifetime contributions of $0K
        • First home: linked to home

Debts

  • Joint mortgage of $450K with a future start age of 38 (End of year)
    • 5% interest rate and $2,600 monthly payments
    • linked to the home

Government Benefits

  • Keep all at the default values

Asset Contributions on the Planning pages

  • Eric: RRSP contributions of $12K per year until retirement
  • Both: FHSA contributions of $5K per year until age 35 (2027) and then $8K to age 38 (home purchase year) or until maximum contributions are reached

Analyse the projections

  • Do these clients have enough money to reach age 100 without a shortfall?
  • What happens if we stress test the projections? Copy the scenario first.
    • There are 2 important aspects to consider when stress testing the projections:
      •  The average annual return
      •  The sequence of those returns
    • Using Randomized Scenarios on the copied scenario, we will illustrate the impact of both of these considerations.
      • Update the asset mix for the chart to 40% fixed income and 60% equity (as our baseline projections illustrate)
      • Choose position 20 on the slider which represents the 20th worst case in terms of the average real rate of return for the entire projection period for these 101 randomly generated sequences
      • Apply this to the projections
        • Variability has now been introduced to the projections
        • At position 20, the average nominal rate of return has been reduced (by approximately 1%) from the base projections
      • Review the results
    • A few important notes:
      • Stress-tested scenarios aren’t intended to replace your base financial projection.
      • The base projection (with consistent rates of inflation and investment returns) should be used for strategic decisions such as when to retire or whether to commute a pension.
      • Make a copy of your base projection first, before performing stress testing.

Jan 10, 2024: A Baseline Projection and Frequently Asked Questions

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In this webinar, we created a basic plan in Snap for a couple and answered the following frequently asked questions by our users:

  1. What is the minimum information needed to create a projection?
    • Year of Birth and Province of Residence
    • Sources of Income
    • Asset values as of the start of the year of projections and available contribution room, and
    • How much the clients are saving, if at all.
  2. How to rename a scenario?
  3. How to adjust the contribution room and set up Employer Matching?
  4. How to maximize contributions to TFSA?
  5. What do Base Expenses consist of and what do I put under Additional Expenses?
  6. Why is there a shortfall?
  7. How to copy a scenario?
  8. How to compare scenarios?
  9. What is Cash Flow Management (CFM) and how to use CFM Order column?
  10. How to convert RRSP to RRIF sooner?


Dec 20, 2023: Plan Review for a couple in their 40s

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In this webinar, we reviewed a basic plan in Snap for a couple and answered the following questions that they asked regarding their retirement:

  1. How long will my money last? Am I going to be okay?
  2. How much can I spend so I won't run out of money?
  3. How much will be left for my children?
  4. How much more do I need to save to reach a specific retirement income goal?

Last we reviewed how to rebase projections created in the past to start them in the current year.


Dec 6, 2023: Sample projections for a couple nearing retirement

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In this session, we reviewed a sample projection and answered the following 3 questions: 

  1. How long will my money last? Am I going to be okay?
  2. How much can I spend so I won't run out of money?
  3. How much will be left for my children?

July 19, 2023: A new way to enter and highlight spending goals in Snap Projections

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In this session, we reviewed a sample projection and highlighted: 

  1. Base Expenses
  2. Additional Expenses
  3. The Cash Outflows chart
  4. Entering specific withdrawals on the Planning page to cover expenses

For a similar session, which also includes the entry of tax-deductible expenses, please click here to view (August 2, 2023). We covered the same topics as above (except for point 4) but also discussed entering tax-deductible expenses.


In sessions recorded before July 13, 2023, we refer to Base Expenses as After-Tax Spending. Please refer to our What's New? article for more details.

March 15, 2023: Tips and Tricks

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In this session, we reviewed a sample projection and highlighted: 

  • Scenario Setup input flow
  • Moving/Copying assets to the spouse
  • RRSP and TFSA Contribution room input and RRSP -> RRIF Conversion age settings
  • Tips for the Planning page (mouse hover, Copying Scenarios, Scenario Notes, keyboard shortcuts)
  • Running a Sustainable Scenario, starting at any age
  • Opening detailed tables on the Planning page
  • Charts and making them full screen, selecting and deselecting
  • Create their final report. 

February 1, 2023: Useful features you might have missed in Snap 

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In this session, we reviewed some helpful features in Snap that you might have missed.

This session covered:

  • Using the charts and reports efficiently 
  • Additional tables that you can see on the Planning pages 
  • Tips to enter insurance data quickly 
  • Mouse hover to see the Contribution and Withdrawal limits of Registered Assets
  • How to copy, paste, rename and switch scenarios in a plan. 

January 18, 2023: Back to basics 

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It’s the start of the new year, and we want to help you be ready to go with Snap Projections. In this session, we take it slow and provide a walkthrough of Snap for new users and those who would like a quick refresher on Snap's basics. We also highlight improvements that were made in 2022.

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