. . . the real distinction for financial advisors is not MaxiFi’s cost-effective price point, but its potential to frame the entire financial planning conversation differently – around the long-term impact of a client’s decisions on their long-term sustainable standard of living, instead of “just” their assets.
I’ve used ESPlanner since its earliest days and recently tried MaxiFi. The user experience is dramatically improved. Despite the fact that I probably spend as much time planning my own retirement as anyone, MaxiFi recommended that I slightly tweak my Social Security claiming strategy and make a change to withdrawal order that resulted in an increase in lifetime consumption. I believe there may even be a better withdrawal strategy and MaxiFi will help me test that theory. I’m a fan!
MaxiFi is the next generation. MaxiFi’s dynamic programming provides the most accurate forecasts and projections of any financial planning product I’ve seen and is essential to our ability to deliver accurate financial advice. The Monte Carlo approach is uniquely theoretically sound, providing guidance about the impact of different investment outcomes on spending decisions. The web-based user interface is clean and intuitive. The program is stable and there is excellent technical support. Since our founding in 2002, using this product and its predecessor for financial planning, we’ve delivered hundreds of financial plans and our clients find our financial advice persuasive and compelling
MaxiFi Planner is a simple and elegant solution for financial advisors seeking to advise clients or for unadvised investors looking to optimize their own plan.
As a financial planner, I’ve tried all of the traditional financial planning programs. MaxiFi beats them all because it focuses on what matters most – annual sustainable spending throughout your lifetime. I used ESPlanner for many years, and now MaxiFi is my new “go to” financial planning program. MaxiFi has a great user interface, some really cool living standard maximization features, and a Monte Carlo analysis that is much more useful than traditional Monte Carlo. MaxiFi allows me to answer all of my client’s financial questions with confidence. Use MaxiFi only if you want to take control of your life and start making smarter financial decisions.
My business is focused on helping my clients discover a sustainable, inflation-adjusted retirement income. After using a variety of planning programs I became so frustrated with their complexity, cost and unsatisfactory results that I created my own utilizing a funding ratio calculation similar to that used by pension plans as well as a Monte Carlo simulation. It wasn't fancy but it worked.
Then I discovered MaxiFi. Not only is it easy to use, it provides sound solutions to the challenge advisors face when stretching a finite amount of retirement resources (money) over a retirement that can last up to 30 years.
Professor Kotlikoff has really raised the standards of retirement planning with his innovative way of determining an income level based on each year's potential returns. It's a real game changer for those of us who have relied on the usual Monte Carlo simulations. MaxiFi helps the advisor educate clients and show graphically how incomes can change based on the rate of return over a long period of time and at the same time discover a sustainable, inflation-adjusted income a retiree can rely upon. Kudos to Professor Kotlikoff for his pioneering work in the field of retirement planning.
MaxiFi Planner is a powerful tool that projects a consistent discretionary spending budget, even with inconsistent income. This really helps my clients see how to transition to retirement, and with confidence. It’s very robust and accounts for Social Security, taxes, retirement account withdrawals, real estate, and much more. The staff is very knowledgeable and always responsive. Outstanding product.
MaxiFi is obviously very thorough and considers many variables simultaneously. Given how complex things have become (taxes, investments, etc.), having a tool like this is indispensable.
MaxiFi helps answer the question that everyone asks - "Will I have enough money to live on?" It defines "live on" as discretionary spending and that is where the advisor can help the client by making sure that the non-discretionary amount is more inclusive than simple housing costs. Most of my clientele do not want glitz and glamor but want something that they can understand. This fits the bill and is a great arrow in our quiver of tools.
I finally got around to running my first plan on MaxiFi. You guys have done an outstanding job! The browser interface is easy-to-use and flexible, greatly simplifying data entry. The explanatory notes throughout are very useful as are the maximization functions with flexible assumptions. I’ve spent many hours over the years satisfying myself as to the accuracy of calculations in ESPlanner. I’ve grown to have complete confidence in ESPlanner, which translates into complete confidence in MaxiFi since they share the same computation engine. Congratulations on a fine product.