The Envision® Process — Put your financial picture in focus
It's as true for financial and investment matters as it is for life in general: Planning for the future helps you focus on where you're headed and feel confident in where you stand in relation to your goals and intentions.
Our commitment to helping you plan effectively, invest wisely, and map a realistic financial course to your future years is at the heart of our Envision® planning process.
By blending the human dimension of personal goal-setting with innovative technology, our planning process goes far beyond simply aiming for a dollar amount or trying to match a performance benchmark. The Envision® process offers you the tools and technology you need to discuss your life expectation, decide on an appropriate investment strategy, track your progress, and re-sync –or rethink- your approach whenever necessary.
The Envision® Process — The numbers tell the story again
We've always intuitively known that clients who follow the Envision® process are more satisfied and confident in achieving investment and retirement goals than other investors. An independent third party has verified this in a recent extensive study.
Envision® plan holders give high marks to our investment planning process:
Results are based on a survey conducted online by Versta Research from July-August 2016 among 762 investors with Financial Advisor relationships. Results are not representative of other client experiences or indicative of future success or performance. The Envision® process is a brokerage service provided by Wells Fargo Advisors.
Providing financial flexibility when you need it most
We understand that life can be complex, and its experiences can change your life in the blink of an eye. Wells Fargo Advisors provides guidance by using tools and resources to help you manage your financial needs as you move from one life event to the next, including our unique investment planning process.
The Envision® planning process
Combining goal-based advice with sophisticated statistical modeling, Wells Fargo Advisors' Envision® process creates an effective, easy-to-understand method for you to prioritize and achieve important life goals. Ultimately, the Envision® process helps you live the one life you have the best way you can, without undue financial sacrifice or overexposure to risk.
How the Envision® process works –
Define major life goals — You and your Financial Advisor will sit down together to begin exploring your goals and dreams and discuss any concerns you have about being able to achieve them.
Ideal and acceptable goals — Throughout your conversations, you'll examine your ability to achieve your goals in multiple scenarios, starting with the ideal and the acceptable. The ideal scenario represents your goals and dreams in a “perfect world.” The acceptable scenario represents the compromises you could make to your ideal goals and still feel comfortable with your life.
Prioritize goals — To explore as many of your ideal goals as possible, we encourage the use of our Envision® Priority Cards. This interactive activity helps ensure that you and your Financial Advisor are on the same page, working together to achieve those goals you value most.
“Stress test” goals — To determine the level of confidence you can achieve with your ideal and acceptable goals, the Envision® technology stress tests each scenario 1,000 times. During each of these 1,000 iterations, your goals will be subjected to simulated random market returns (up years, down years, flat years, etc.) to help you determine how likely you are to achieve your goals.
Making a recommendation — Once your Financial Advisor has an understanding of your ideal or acceptable goals, he or she will also create a recommended scenario for you that will incorporate the goals you value most while potentially deemphasizing some of your lower priority goals.
Implement allocation — Based on your goals, dreams, concerns, risk tolerance, and financial circumstances, your Financial Advisor can propose an investment mix to help you achieve those goals.
Monitoring progress — Your Envision® plan will create a benchmark unique to your goals and circumstances as a way to track progress along the way. This information will update each night and is available on your statements and online.
New goals and priorities — Change can present challenges, whether it happens in your own life or in the world around you. If your goals or financial circumstances change, or the markets fluctuate, it is easy to update your Envision® plan to account for the changes and measure the impact it has on your ability to stay on track.
A key component — the Target Zone
The Envision® process starts with a conversation. Your Financial Advisor will sit down with you to discuss your lifestyle expectations, life goals, and financial objectives.
Once you've decided on your ideal and acceptable goals, the Envision® process “stress-tests” them against historical market simulations. Your personal “Target Zone” is based on the results and helps you and your advisor allocate your assets in a manner suitable to your objectives. Better yet, it provides an investment “sweet spot” and helps instill confidence in your likelihood of achieving your goals.
The graph below helps visualize your Target Zone. Each tested investment scenario (ideal, acceptable, or recommended) is given a numerical result, which is plotted on the graph. A result in the following ranges typically reflects:
How do you interpret your plan result? Thanks to the balancing effect of the Target Zone, there's no need to aim for an Envision® plan result of 100 — or even 90, for that matter. Anything above your target range (greater than 90), though indicating high confidence in reaching some of your high-priority goals, could also indicate you're assuming more risk than necessary or sacrificing some goals at the expense of others. Conversely, you don't want a plan result so low (below 75) that you end up experiencing a lack of confidence in your ability to achieve your goals.
Charting your progress
The Envision® Target Zone also serves as a foundational tool when your goals or priorities change, or when life events create a need to re-evaluate how changes affect your goals and priorities. With the “Dot,” your Financial Advisor can update you on your progress as frequently as you want – monthly, quarterly, or annually.
The projections or other information generated by the Envision® tool regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results and are not guarantees of future results. Results may vary with each use and over time.
ENVISION® METHODOLOGY: Based on accepted statistical methods, the Envision tool uses a simulation model to test your ideal, acceptable and recommended investment plans. The simulation model uses assumptions about inflation, financial market returns and the relationships among these variables. These assumptions were derived from analysis of historical data. Using Monte Carlo simulation, the Envision® tool simulates 1,000 different potential outcomes over a lifetime of investing varying historical risk, return , and correlation amongst the assets. Some of these scenarios will assume strong financial market returns, similar to the best periods of history for investors. Others will be similar to the worst periods in investing history. Most scenarios fall somewhere in between.
Elements of the Envision® presentations and simulation results are under license from Wealthcare Capital Management, LLC.
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