Goal-Based Investing - How to Add Outside Accounts

When opting into the goal-based strategy, savers also have the option to include accounts that they earmarked for retirement other than their employer’s retirement plan (“Outside Accounts”). 

How to add outside accounts:

Add these sources of retirement income by selecting “Manage” under the “Outside Accounts” section on the right hand of the screen.

Option 1 - Manually Add Accounts: Add a Savings, Retirement, or Brokerage account, and input the account name and balance.

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Savers can always edit the account details or remove the account by selecting the 3 dots next to the listed account.

Option 2 - Link Accounts: Directly link accounts through Plaid.

  • Select an institution
  • Login to the bank account portal
  • Select the account that is to be added
  • Once selected hit "Apply Changes"

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Unlink accounts by selecting the minus button listed next to the linked account. 

Savers can link up to five outside accounts and add five manual account balances earmarked for retirement.

Once you finish adding information for your Outside Accounts, savers will see the breakdown of a  general estimate broken out by income source. The feature’s algorithm will indicate the potential likelihood of reaching their stated retirement income goal. If the algorithm indicates that the saver's current retirement savings strategy is unlikely to meet their desired yearly retirement income goal, the feature provides a few suggestions that savers may wish to consider:

  • Save More - the saver may wish to contribute more money to their retirement savings by increasing the deferral rate or amount.
  • Retire Later - savers may wish to delay their retirement age to allow for more time to save.
  • Spend Less - the saver may wish to reduce their selected retirement income goal.

For any questions please reach out to help@vestwell.com.


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