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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
May 15, 2024
In Wealth Solver
Plan level fees All plan fees represented within WealthSolver are sourced from a Product's PDS or corresponding fee specific document (if applicable) where that document is a part of the PDS suite available to advisers for their clients. WealthSolver plan fees exclude any Investment Fees and Costs, Performance Fees, Buy/Sell amounts and Investment Rebates. These fees are applied to each investment option for the plan. Unfortunately, the terminology used for a number of plan fees is somewhat inconsistent across the market, which means that WealthSolver will need to re-categorise some fees against IRESS' standard plan fee framework giving consideration as to the nature of the fee. The fee sections in WealthSolver scenario modelling are broken into distinct types: ● Ongoing costs ● Rebates ● Transactional Costs ● Commission Details Ongoing costs The ongoing costs will generally be classified as one of the following: ● Administration fees ● Contribution Fee ● Expense Recovery Fee ● Insurance Premium ● Investment Fees and Costs (also known as ICR) ● Membership Fee ● Performance Fees ● Operational Risk Reserve Levy fees ● Trustee fees Some plans may also charge the following ongoing costs which we are able to include: ● Adviser Commission ● Adviser Service Fee ● Regulatory Reform Fee ● SMA Administration Access Fee ● Super Administration Fee Rebates The rebates may be classified as one of the following: ● Contribution Commission Rebate ● Investments Rebate ● Portfolio Balance Rebate ● Trail Commission Rebate Commission Details The classifications include: ● Contribution Commission ● Initial Commission ● Insurance Commission ● Trail Commission Why are there differences in Wealthsolver compared to the PDS? Divergence between the investment or plan fee stated in Wealthsolver and that listed in the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) can stem from several factors. Firstly, it's essential to recognise that the PDS serves as a comprehensive guide outlining the terms and conditions of the investment product or plan however, it may not always reflect real-time adjustments or nuances that could affect fees. Wealthsolver, on the other hand, can provide more dynamic and up-to-date information on performance fee changes or adjustments in management fees. Most discrepancies that people report are based on a lack of understanding of the underlying methodology of WS fee calculations compared to how the fund manager report their fee, particularly since the new legislation RG97 finalised in September 2022. As the terminology used for a number of plan fees is inconsistent across the market, WealthSolver has needed to re-categorise some fees against IRESS's standard plan fee framework giving consideration as to the nature of the fee, this can lead to difference in the outputted fee, however the underlying costs to clients remain the same. We have a further post on Wealthsolver fee disfferences and how to check the underlying fee setup inside Wealthsolver Research here.
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
May 14, 2024
In Wealth Solver
Divergence between the investment or plan fee stated in Wealthsolver and that listed in the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) can stem from several factors. Firstly, it's essential to recognise that the PDS serves as a comprehensive guide outlining the terms and conditions of the investment product or plan however, it may not always reflect real-time adjustments or nuances that could affect fees. Wealthsolver, on the other hand, can provide more dynamic and up-to-date information on performance fee changes or adjustments in management fees. The Wealthsolver Research team update the fees manually when documents are sent by a provider but also based on their manual follow ups on a set schedule . There are more than 1500 managed funds in Australia alone let alone all of the platforms and international funds, so as you can imagine, this takes time to manually update and they are not always updating on the same day or week that a PDS or product fee changes.   It’s also dependent on the providers themselves and their internal process. This is all a human based data entry so it’s not an automated process. You can subscribe to Wealthover updates which will tell you every time the product is updated, and we always review the actual Wealthsolver research area to confirm what date the product or investment was last updated. If you see that a product or an investment spreadsheet with fees that is well behind in being dated, most likely it is because the provider hasn’t given a new version and the WS team are not up to the follow up yet (or they are too small to be worthy of follow up). When someone raises this if they come across it, we can then forward it to the Wealthsolver team, and they will check whether it is scheduled or whether they need to go back to the provider. However, I am very rarely reporting fees that do not match, usually less than a handful a year as they are a very thorough team and most bigger providers are on track with regular updates. It has only been small boutique funds that are incorrect.   Most discrepancies that people report are based on a lack of understanding of the underlying methodology of WS fee calculations compared to how the fund manager report their fee, particularly since the new legislation RG97 finalised in September 2022. Unfortunately, the terminology used for a number of plan fees is somewhat inconsistent across the market, which means that WealthSolver has needed to re-categorise some fees against IRESS's standard plan fee framework giving consideration as to the nature of the fee, this can lead to difference in the outputted fee, however the underlying costs to clients remain the same. We have another post with more detailed information on RG97 and investment, transaction and performance related costs within Wealthsolver.   Below is an example of checking in WS for the fee update date:  You can also subscribe on Iress Community to receive updates when products are updated on Wealthsolver in the Release Information area
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
May 08, 2024
In Portfolio
An extremely frequent query we receive from users of XPLAN is around missing holdings or entire missing share accounts in Portfolio/IPS, where the clients account sits under the advisers code with the platform, and yet they are not receiving data in XPLAN. On almost every occasion, this is because transferred, Chess transferred or In-specie transfered shareholdings do not appear in datafeeds from any provider, as the platform cannot account for the volume or cost base when a share was purchased elsewhere and therefore cannot include these in a datafeed. This almost always includes shares bought within the same platform but transferred between entities; such as from non super into super but within the same platform. This means that when every holding inside a platform is obtained via transfer, the entire account/subfund does not come through to IPS external accounts at all until you add it, as there is no transaction to tell the system to create an account. It will need to be added manually inside Portfolio>Admin>External accounts>Add external account. And then each individual holding will need to be 'purchased' back in Portfolio Position and linked back to the subfund you've just added. If the subfund is visible (perhaps because other holdings bought on the platform are there), but some holdings or transactions from transferred shares are missing, you will need to add these in IPS>Position>Add>purchase and add the transaction details in manually: Complete the fields as per your own business process, as a minimum you will need to link it to the Portfolio account, investment code and add dates and unit prices. The other fields are optional. This should now have created your portfolio, transactions and the unit prices should update as expected. Any future transactions bought within this platform will then link to within this account.
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
May 08, 2024
In Client Focus
The video below outlines how to search for a client insurance policy by provider so that you can identify a client, and then send them an email out about their policy using search criteria. You can find the post here if you do not yet know how to setup an email template. How to search for clients by Insurer to send an email
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
Mar 02, 2024
In Client Focus
Following XPLAN's recent announcement regarding new policies implemented by email providers for high-volume senders, they’ve released a significant enhancement. In response to the policies, Xplan have provided site administrators with the ability to directly input DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) keys into Xplan system settings, eliminating the need to rely on Iress for this task. As a site administrator, Practice Dynamix now have the convenience of accessing the DKIM input function within system settings > client focus > email > DKIM. Moreover, this functionality extends to user groups, offering flexible control over DKIM key management though admin > email > DKIM. System settings   User group   Looking ahead, XPLAN are working on enabling DKIM key rotation (the rotate column) in the next Xplan release. While we and XPLAN strive to minimise disruption, there is a possibility that ongoing development on key rotations may necessitate re-entry of existing keys. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in allowing us to expedite the delivery of this enhancement without further delay.
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
Feb 19, 2024
In Xtools & Xtools+
Given the recent expansion of investment bond offerings and steady containment of tax concessions for super and child income, investment bonds have become a more compelling strategy for Australian financial advisers. As advisers dig deep into their due diligence, we’re seeing increased demand for rigorous, impartial modelling of investment bonds. Advisers want to test their ideas to ensure their clients will be better off, and now, since the release of Xplan 24.2.309, you can easily model these detailed calculations in Xtools+.   While investment bond strategies could be used to meet shorter term goals and work around the limitations of super, advisers were cognisant of limitations. In previous years, investment options were limited to a few at most and tax sheltering may not be as generous as super and/or income spitting.    Advisers can now use Xtools+ modelling to answer questions like:    What if my client uses a bond to fund early retirement and starts drawing it down in the 8th year? Will my client really pay less tax than they would using a managed fund? How will the investment returns compare, net of fees and tax?   Will my client get the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card if they use an ‘investment bond in trust’ structure? Or should they use such a structure to reduce Aged Care fees? Will they pay more tax that way? Will the health care/aged care savings make up for the additional tax and administration cost? Should I use an annuity or an Aged Care annuity and insurance package instead?   For a detailed summary of the new investment bond features, see CALM: Considering an Investment Bond? Now Xtools+ can help! (https://community.iress.com/t5/Help-Guide-Xplan/CALM-Considering-an-Investment-Bond-Now-Xtools-can-help/ta-p/61099) For a simpler version, read on.    How to model a bond  • go to the relevant entity (Individual, Trust or Company) • select Investment Bonds from the menu • click Add Investment Bond. You can model a New or Existing Investment Bond     Model projected balances, including the fees, internal tax and franking credits.  • You can project the balance of up to 20 Investment Bonds. The 20 bonds can be spread across the Client, Partner, Joint, Trust and Company.  • The projected value of the investment bond will include the 30% earnings tax on income and growth as well as the benefit of franking credits. Since capital gains are fully taxable, 100% of the growth is taxed in every period of the projection.    Model a Funeral Bond • When you’re modelling a bond for Individual, you can set it as a Funeral Bond, and provided the bond qualifies, it will be exempted from the Income Support Asset and Income Tests.    Model Ongoing and/or Irregular Contributions and Withdrawals in present or future value   Automatically track the tax outcome • Calculations automatically track the 125%/10 year rule, and reset the withdrawal year when contributions exceed those for the previous year.  • When you model a withdrawal, the taxable amount is automatically calculated and, if it's within 10 years, included in taxable income.   Model the social security impact • You can model a Funeral Bond for the Client, Partner and/or Joint. When you model a Funeral Bond, the default settings will limit future contributions to the exemption limit (currently $15,000). • Investment Bonds that are not Funeral Bonds are always included as a Financial Asset, counted as an Asset and deemed under the income test.  • If the Investment Bond is held by a Trust or Company controlled by the Client and/or Partner, it’s counted under the Assets test as part of the entity’s assets. Any taxable withdrawals from the bond are also counted under the Income test as part of the entity’s taxable income.   Powerful Irregular Transactions ·         You can enter Irregular Contributions and Irregular Withdrawals from both the Input and Display screens (click on the Contributions or Withdrawals hyperlinks).  ·         The Irregular transaction inputs combine amounts for Special Dates with amounts for each Date. Use the Click to Update hyperlink to see how the amounts add up to populate the row in your projection.     Investment Returns  For the investment returns, you can use: • The Client, Partner or Joint Risk Profile (including a Risk Profile that was customised in Client Focus). The Risk Profile settings are available from Input > Basic Details.  • Any of the System investment profiles (set by your administrator). • If you are using an investment Profile, you can set a Custom return by changing the Return Type to Custom, then entering in custom Income, Growth and Franking percentages.   If the investment bond is held by the Client, Partner or Joint, you can use the Investment Returns setting from the menu on the left to: • Set a single investment profile for the whole scenario (including investment bonds), by selecting Overall Return. This means that when you change the return from the Visualiser interface, Investment Bonds also change. • Set the investment profile for all bonds separately to financial assets, super and pensions, by selecting Set by Asset Group. • If you’ve set the Investment Returns setting to Set each Asset, you can adjust all the Investment Profile settings for all of the Client, Partner and Joint holdings in one place, at Investment Returns > Detailed Return.   Practice Dynamix are in the process of updating the tables and documentation in our SOA in order to reflect the changes above and this will be released shortly, if not by the time you read this update.   For more information about the new Investment Bond functionality see CALM: Considering an Investment Bond? Now Xtools+ can help! (https://community.iress.com/t5/Help-Guide-Xplan/CALM-Considering-an-Investment-Bond-Now-Xtools-can-help/ta-p/61099)(https://community.iress.com/t5/Help-Guide-Xplan/CALM-Considering-an-Investment-Bond-Now-Xtools-can-help/ta-p/61099)
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
May 09, 2022
In Portfolio
This form is required to be completed in full when reporting a Datafeed issue of any description. Completing the form provides us with all necessary information and reduces the need to go back and forth with you. Please ensure you also include a portfolio valuation from the fund manager as we need to understand what the portfolio should look like.
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
Apr 27, 2022
In Client Focus
When a client passes away our recommendation is to remove their profile from their partner in order to avoid any inadvertent communication, reference or confusion occurs. The deceased person can remain on XPLAN with their own profile, and any file notes or portfolio data can remain on both client and partner profiles. The process that we recommend users follow on XPLAN is: Change the deceased persons entity status to ‘Deceased’ You should then unlink the deceased person leaving the remaining client as an ‘active’ profile. To do this go to Key Details>Click the client name at the top of the page and select “Purge Partner options”> next select Separate and then you would choose either 'Duplicate', 'Share' or 'Separate' to transfer a copy of file notes over depending on your preference for how the file notes are saved. This essentially splits the client and the deceased person in XPLAN whilst keeping both their profiles for you to access as usual. It removes the risk the remaining client will receive documentation with the deceased persons name on it. You can also select Widowed as a marital status in XPLAN:
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
Apr 27, 2022
In Client Focus
Our process is for Users to merge their own client where a client profile has been duplicated either inadvertently or deliberately. Users should be aware that when you merge a client this only merges Client Focus data and NOT File notes, Portfolio data, Xtools or Wealthsolver scenarios. If you wish to merge clients who have data mentioned in the modules above you will need to manually do this by adding them to the profile you wish to keep. You can merge the client by going to the following area from the client list (Functions>Merge client) and searching for the clients you wish to merge. Then merge the source details of the client into the target client record. This will merge any client focus data but will not merge file notes or portfolio. File notes can be transferred manually by going into each file note and in the third tab of each file note; 'related', then add the name or entity ID of the client you have merged into and remove the original client, and then save.
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Ashleigh - Xplan Expert
Apr 27, 2022
In Client Focus
Practice Dynamix do not allow the deleting of a client for security reasons. The process for the removal of clients from XPLAN is as follows: You should go into the client you wish to be deleted and add ‘delete’ before their preferred name You should also change their client category to ‘Delete’. We will then periodically remove any clients marked as delete without users needing to notify us.
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