General Disclosure

LAST UPDATE: March 20, 2020

Important Disclosure Information

JourneyGuide is designed to be an interactive retirement planning experience for advisors and clients (individually or collectively referred to as “User” or “Users” as the situation permits). JourneyGuide’s mission is to provide software that helps advisors move clients from being concerned about their retirement to being confident in it.

The materials or other information generated as part of JourneyGuide concerning the likelihood of retirement income outcomes are meant for general illustration and/or information purposes only, are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of future results. Calculation methodologies utilized by JourneyGuide may differ from those used by other entities. The information presented is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.

Any retirement outcomes produced by JourneyGuide may or may not reflect any specific product, and may or may not include any or all fees or expenses that may be incurred by investing in specific products.  The actual returns of a specific product may be more or less than the returns used in JourneyGuide.  Financial forecasts, rates of return, risk, inflation, and other assumptions may be used as the basis for illustrations.  Such factors make calculations uncertain, so they should not be considered a guarantee of future performance or a guarantee of achieving overall financial objectives.  Past performance is not a guarantee or a predictor of future results of either the indices or any particular investment.

JourneyGuide results may vary with each use and over time. 

Information Provided by Users

Information that is provided about assets, financial goals, and personal situation are key assumptions for the calculations and projections made by JourneyGuide.  Please review any report generated by JourneyGuide to verify the accuracy of these assumptions. If any of the assumptions are incorrect, a User should notify his or her financial advisor. Even small changes in assumptions can have a substantial impact on the results shown.  Information inputted into the JourneyGuide software should be reviewed periodically and updated when either the information or circumstances change.

JourneyGuide is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the information inputted into the software. All asset and net worth information is provided by Users, and is not a substitute for the information contained in the official account statements held by Users’ custodians.  The current asset data and values contained in those account statements should be used to update the asset information, as necessary.

Assumptions and Limitations

All results generated by JourneyGuide are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of future results.  All results use simplifying assumptions that do not completely or accurately reflect a User’s specific circumstances.  No software can accurately predict the future. Keep in mind that the strategies are a point in time and may change due to updates or because of changes in personal circumstances or market conditions. As investment returns, inflation, taxes, and other economic conditions vary from the JourneyGuide assumptions, actual results will vary (perhaps significantly).

All JourneyGuide calculations use asset class returns, not returns of actual investments.  The projected return assumptions used are estimates based on forecasts of each asset class.  The portfolio returns are calculated by weighting individual return assumptions for each asset class according to a User’s portfolio allocation.  The portfolio returns may have been modified by including adjustments to the total return and the inflation rate.  The portfolio returns assume reinvestment of interest and dividends at net asset value.  Interest and dividends are taxed for non-qualified accounts, but not taxed for qualified accounts.  Portfolios are reallocated annually to the allocation as provided by a User for the applicable year. No costs, except for your advisor’s fee, portfolio rebalancing costs and taxes, if applicable, are deducted from the portfolio value.  No portfolio allocation eliminates risk or guarantees investment results.

JourneyGuide does not provide recommendations for any products or securities.

Results Using Monte Carlo Simulation

Monte Carlo simulations are used to show how variations in rates of return each year can affect results. Once all of the inputs and assumptions have been entered, the information is run through proprietary calculations to produce output.  Five thousand Monte Carlo simulations are run in order to reflect the breadth of potential market returns that an individual could experience during retirement – fully taking into account sequence of return risk.  A Monte Carlo simulation takes information inputted by a User and certain return assumptions, each time using a different sequence of returns.  Some sequences of returns will give better results, and some will give worse results.  These multiple trials provide a range of possible results, some successful (meeting goals) and some unsuccessful (not meeting goals).  The percentage of trials that were successful is the probability that a personal situation, with all its underlying assumptions, could be successful.  In analyzing this information, please note that the analysis does not match actual market conditions, which may severely affect the outcome of goals over the long-term.

Risks Inherent in Investing

Results provided by JourneyGuide cannot be guaranteed.  All investments entail a risk of loss and money can be lost.  Generally, among asset classes, stocks are more volatile than bonds or short-term instruments and can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, or economic developments.  The bond market is also volatile.  Lower-quality debt securities generally offer higher yields compared to investment grade securities, but they also involve greater risk of default or price changes.  International markets can be more volatile than U.S. markets due to increased risks of adverse issuer, political, market, or economic developments, all of which are magnified in emerging markets.

There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will outperform a non-diversified portfolio, and vice-versa, in any given market environment.  No investment strategy, such as asset allocation, can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values.  Inherent limitations and market conditions may affect the performance of the portfolios.  Past performance does not guarantee results.

Income Strategies

Income strategies as used in JourneyGuide generally come in the form of social security benefits, pensions and annuities as a de-accumulation vehicle.  When it comes to annuities, they are long-term investments designed to help meet retirement needs.  JourneyGuide’s income solutions primarily utilize fixed, lifetime annuities and occasionally fixed indexed annuities with income riders. 

Fixed annuities utilized as an income vehicle generally are contracts that in exchange for a client’s premium an insurance company shall provide an income stream(s) to a client.  The same is for fixed indexed annuities utilized as an income vehicle, with the added features generally providing clients index-linked strategies providing for downside protection combined with upside potential linked to the price of an index, such as the S&P 500.  For fixed annuities and fixed income annuities, any expenses and charges, except as set forth below, typically are included by the insurance company when determining the income stream.  Annuity guarantees, including guarantees associated with benefit riders, are subject to the claims-paying ability of the insurance company

Surrender charges may apply if money is withdrawn before the end of an annuity contract.  All withdrawals of tax-deferred earnings are subject to current income tax, and, if made prior to age 59 ½, may also be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. The contract, if redeemed, may be worth more or less than the total amount invested.  Additionally, if purchased within a qualified plan (including an IRA), an annuity will provide no further tax deferral features.  All other benefits are available for an additional cost.  It is important to weigh the costs against the benefits when adding such options to an annuity contract.

Report is a Snapshot and Does Not Provide Investment, Legal, Tax, or Accounting Advice

JourneyGuide provides a snapshot of a User’s current financial position and can help Users to focus on their financial resources and goals, and to create a plan of action.  Because the results are calculated over many years, small changes can create large differences in future results.  JourneyGuide does not provide investment, legal, tax, or accounting services.  Nothing herein should be construed as or considered investment, legal, tax, or accounting advice.  Before making decisions with investment, legal, tax, or accounting ramifications, Users should consult appropriate professionals for advice that is specific to their situation.