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VisualCalc has introduced a new, updated version of its VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool. The VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool is a web-based calculator that banks and other financial institutions, such as financial planning and investment advisory firms, can offer their clients to help them better prepare for their retirement. This customer self-service tool can be deployed on an financial institution’s website to help its clients assess their current retirement health, and understand what changes they can make to better align their current financial and investment strategy with their future retirement needs

VisualCalc launched the initial version of its Retirement Planning Tool in 2012. This newly updated version includes a number of new features that address the specific requirements of banks and other financial institutions. Two of the key features incorporated in this updated version are: 1) support for both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, and 2) the ability to deploy the tool in either a turn-key, non-authenticated mode (“Public Mode”), or a fully integrated, authenticated mode (“Private Mode”).

Both the Public and Private mode versions of the VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool are interactive, graphical, web-based calculators that enable users to quickly and easily assess whether or not they are on track to meet their retirement needs, and, if not, what changes are required to achieve their retirement objectives. This is facilitated by the tool’s “what-if” analyses capabilities. Users can manipulate a set of easy-to-use input mechanisms, such as buttons and sliders, to change a multitude of variables related to their financial strategy and retirement goals, including investment allocations, social security assumptions, projected pre- and post-retirement earnings, and expected retirement age. The impact of these changes, and their effect on the user’s retirement health, are immediately shown in clear, easy-to-understand tables, graphs and charts. This helps participants determine what changes are needed to best meet their retirement objectives.

Both the Public Mode and Private Mode versions of the new VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool are built on a platform featuring an embedded calculation engine that supports state-of-the-art computational algorithms and simulation techniques, such as Monte Carlo methods. This advanced pre-configured calculation engine drives the results of the user’s analysis. On top of this analysis engine, the tool’s user interface can be easily customized to incorporate the financial institution’s branding and graphical standards, so that the calculator has a consistent “look and feel” with the institution’s website and other marketing properties and collateral.

 

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The Public Mode version of the VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool can be quickly and easily deployed on a financial institution’s website in turn-key fashion, with a minimal set of changes required to adapt it to the institution’s graphic standards.

The Private Mode version of the VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool offers an additional level of customization and integration. The tool’s functionality can be customized to incorporate a given financial institution’s specific needs, including account types and names, defined benefit plans, interest rates, and business rules. The tool can also be can be integrated with the institution’s internal databases, so their client’s account information and the institution’s business rules can be automatically loaded into each user’s session. The calculator is also able to bring in external data, such as social security balances and account balances at other financial institutions, so that users are presented with the most complete, accurate and personalized picture of their current retirement plan. This holistic view of both internal and external resources also helps financial institutions work with their clients to optimize the overall allocation of their retirement fund balances, including the consolidation of multiple accounts into a single integrated account.

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The VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool addresses the growing need for consumers to take a more active role in constructing and managing a personalized retirement plan that is optimal for their needs. This generally involves increasing the amount of their contributions, and reallocating funds to an investment mix that best meets their retirement goals. Data from general industry-wide use of retirement planning calculators, as well as specific results from existing VisualCalc customers, validate this benefit:

  • One financial institution that has deployed the VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool has found that their clients who use the tool have grown their account balances 40% more than those who do not. These clients have increased their contributions to their plans, access their accounts 25% more often, and perform nearly twice as many transactions on their website.
  • Another institution that deployed the VisualCalc Retirement Planning Tool one year ago has found almost a 10% increase in the number of participants to its elective deferred compensation plan. In addition, participants have increased their contribution rates and replacement ratios.
  • An independent study found that workers who have performed a retirement needs calculation are more than twice as likely than those who have not to expect they will need to accumulate at least $1 million before retiring.
  • Another independent study revealed that 77% of retirement plan participants would increase their retirement savings if they knew how much they needed to save.

VisualCalc has introduced the VisualCalc Deposit Allocation Tool, a new, web-based sales tool that helps banks determine a customer’s optimal deposit allocation across a variety of their deposit products. The tool can be used internally by a bank’s associates to help establish and cultivate relationships with customers and prospects. The Deposit Allocation Tool can also be deployed on a bank’s website for direct us by their end customers and prospects.

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The Deposit Allocation Tool is an interactive, graphical web-based tool that can be used by the bank’s associates as a “guided selling solution and relationship builder”.  The Deposit Allocation Tool establishes a standardized, pro-active sales process for all associates to follow. The tool guides associates through their interaction with bank customers and prospects, helping them make the best possible recommendation regarding the allocation of the customer’s deposits across the bank’s deposit products. This, in turn, can help the bank improve customer satisfaction and retention, increase overall deposits, and gain market share.

The Deposit Allocation Tool takes a series of inputs, including data about the customer’s financial objectives and deposit balances, and then processes this through an allocation analysis engine that contains bank-specific information regarding their deposit products. This deposit product information includes account types, interest rates, and business rules (e.g., minimum deposit amounts). Based on this analysis, a customer’s deposit balances are automatically allocated across the bank’s deposit products to maximize the customer’s return. The recommended allocation is visually displayed in a set of easy-to-interpret charts and graphs.

In addition to the recommended allocation, The Deposit Allocation Tool also enable associates or customers to perform interactive “what if” analyses by varying some of the inputs and dimensions on the tool. The results of these “what if” analyses are displayed in an “alternative solution” section of the tool.

The Deposit Allocation Tool is a configurable sales tool that can easily be customized for use by any bank. On top of its pre-configured allocation analysis engine, the tool can quickly and easily be configured to incorporate a given bank’s specific needs, including account types and names, interest rates, and business rules. The tool can also be customized to incorporate the bank’s branding and graphical standards, so that the tool has a consistent “look and feel” with the bank’s other marketing properties and collateral.

The VisualCalc Deposit Allocation Tool is available and in use by customers today. Pricing varies depending on the number of users and a company’s hosting requirements. 

VisualCalc introduced two new custom web-based consumer tools for health care providers: 1) the VisualCalc Health Plan Comparison Tool; and 2) the VisualCalc Health Treatment Fee Tool. These graphical customer service tools can be deployed on a health care provider’s website for use by its existing and prospective customers.

Both of these tools guide users through an intuitive, step-by-step process to help them make better decisions regarding their health care coverage. These custom tools help health care providers improve customer satisfaction, acquisition and retention, as well as lower their administrative costs.

The VisualCalc Health Plan Comparison Tool helps a health care provider’s existing and prospective customers easily compare different health plans. This comparison can be performed across plans offered by a single health care provider, or across plans offered by a variety of different providers. The tool guides consumers through a series of intuitive web pages to gather information about their family and health care needs, and then provides them with a comparison of the costs and benefits of different plans, along with a recommendation for the best health plan for their needs. The VisualCalc Health Plan Comparison Tool helps consumers make better decisions regarding the best health plans for their specific situation. The tool helps health care providers highlight the features, benefits, and advantages of their health plans, improving their customer relations.

The VisualCalc Health Treatment Fee Tool helps a health care provider’s members estimate the cost of individual treatments before the services are performed. This customer service tool also enables customers to estimate their total health care costs for the upcoming year. Estimates can be developed for both individual and family health plans. The VisualCalc Health Treatment Fee Tool benefits consumers by enabling them to obtain reliable estimates for their health care costs, which, in turn, can help them with their budgeting, tax planning, and HSA account planning. The tool benefits health care providers by enhancing the transparency of their health care fees, a topic that has recently received significant regulatory and industry focus. In addition, because it provides their customers with a valuable source of information, the tool also helps health care providers improve their overall customer satisfaction and retention rates. Finally, as an automated “self service” tool, it also reduces the administrative time and expenses that would normally be required to manually develop these estimates.

Both of these customer service tools are configurable tools that can be easily customized for use by any health care provider. These tools can incorporate a health care provider’s specific information and business rules, including plan types, policy details, fee schedules, etc. The tools can also be customized to incorporate the health care provider’s branding and graphical standards, so that the tools have a consistent “look and feel” with the provider’s website and other marketing properties.

Both of these custom tools also are integrated with interactive, graphical, web-based analytics tool that helps health care providers monitor the effectiveness of these tools across a variety of user segments and usage metrics.

The VisualCalc Health Plan Comparison Tool and VisualCalc Health Treatment Fee Tool are both available and in use by customers today. Pricing varies depending on the number of users and a company’s hosting requirements.