Scheduling a debt payoff is easy in Voyant Adviser. An Advanced Setting on the Debts screen allows users to set a payoff event and even a preferred payment source.
Not so for onetime overpayments. To make a one-time overpayment on a debt, a user must first know to go to the debt payment expense, not the debt screen, and then step the payment up and down again.
For example, if I plan to withdraw 200,000 in tax free cash from my pension at retirement to pay down (not pay off) a 300,000 mortgage, I would need two events in the timeline - one in the year of the paydown and the other in the year following. I would then need to use the Step Up / Step Down feature step up my payments at retirement (the overpayment amount plus the regular required payment) and step payments on the remaining debt down to a regular amount in the following year.
We’ve made overpayments much easier in AdviserGo. In Go we are aiming to do away with the linked debt payment expense, opting to have everything related to debts managed directly on the Debts screen.
Opening the debt from the Dashboard, you will find the regular payment on the debt (the required payment) calculated based on the loan balance, interest rate, payment type, and if a repayment debt, the years remaining on the note.
In the left navigation is a new link to schedule “One Time Payments”. Click this link to schedule the payoff or a one-time overpayment on debt.
This timeline screen works like the others in AdviserGo, such as Steps or Transfers. Either click the button to Add One Time Payment.
Or you can double-click a bar of the chart above to start by adding a new event to schedule the overpayment or payoff. Give the new event a name and click the button to Create New One Time Payment.
Click Type and select whether this one-time overpayment will be in a specified amount or if you will be scheduling the payoff of the debt.
Enter the Amount of the overpayment if you are not planning to pay off the mortgage.
If you are scheduling a debt payoff, the software will know the amount outstanding on the debt at this selected point in the timeline and will attempt to pay the total balance due on the debt using any income and liquid assets available at that point in time.
If you started by clicking the Add One Time Payment button, click the Timing tab.
Either drag an appropriate event from the timeline below into the event selection box above.
Or if you need to add a new event to the timeline, double-click the appropriate bar/year/age above the timeline below, give the new event a name, possibly select an icon for it, and click “Set as One Time Payment Timing”.
You should see a spike in the Cash Flow chart in the year of he scheduled payoff/pay down, which of course you can now verify using those convenient new yearly chart details.