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Old 04-05-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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"Forecaster" program - any opinions?

From a number of previous posts, I have the impression that many here project their withdrawals using spreadsheets of their own making. Myself, I'm only a small step above novice in Excel skills, so the projections I have built are of very limited complexity.

Firecalc, of course, was a great find in many ways, but it doesn't do everything...

Here's a link to a freeware program I recently came across that does quite a few of the more complex withdrawal calculations after you enter in your assumptions: Forecaster - Retirement And Estate Planning

I have played around with it a bit. I particularly like the way that each income category and account balance is presented year by year in both tabular and graphic formats. Also, for me, this program was a more efficient way to model and review the details of various withdrawal schemes that would otherwise require the programming many, many spreadsheet formulas.

Nothing much turned up here on when I searched on "Forecaster", however, so I'm unsure on whether to rely on the results. Any experiences or opinions on the program? What are its pros and cons?

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
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Well I just played around with it. At initial blush, it looks robust, but I'd have to compare results to Firecalc and ORP. It has some interesting features.

I had not heard of this until you mentioned it.

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