Xplan Defects & Workarounds

Identified defects and their workarounds (where applicable) for our current version are listed below.

Iress confirms that it has completed its internal investigation and review of the unauthorised access to its GitHub user space. While validation of our investigation is ongoing, we are pleased with the progress.

As part of our commitment to being transparent and keeping clients updated on the progress of the investigation Iress sets out below its preliminary findings, methodology and next steps.

What the investigation involved  
On 11 May 2024, security functionality connected with GitHub (GitGuardian), alerted Iress information security teams to unauthorised access of its user space. A note was discovered in the GitHub repository suggesting a threat actor had accessed Iress’ source code repository using a stolen user credential.

Iress immediately mobilised and deployed its global team of engineers, technology specialists and information security teams to investigate the extent and degree of access. As an immediate response, action was taken to prevent further unauthorised access and strict geo-location access permissions were put in place.  

Iress has extensive logging from all of its systems and have been able to correlate those logs with detail held in GitHub along with the threat actor’s IP addresses obtained from both Iress’ defences and from an initial forensic sweep of both GitHub and user devices.

Iress has engaged leading third-party cyber experts to assist in its response. Iress has also engaged in transparent dialogue with regulators (including ASIC) to keep them abreast of the investigation. Out of an abundance of caution and given the public disclosures on the incident, Iress has also made an informal notification to the Office of Australia Information Commissioner but does not currently consider that there has been any eligible data breach.

What the investigation found
Iress’ internal investigations to date have found no evidence that Iress’ client production environments, software or client data have been compromised or subject to unauthorised access, other than a portion of the OneVue production environment (further detail below).  There is no evidence of any ransomware, malware or unauthorised encryption on either the point of entry or in Iress systems.

All code within GitHub has been checked and the investigation shows no indications that there were any edits or changes made by the threat actor.

In respect of unauthorised access to the OneVue production environment, Iress’ internal investigations show that the access was limited to six small S3 buckets, which is only a portion of the OneVue production environment. These S3 buckets contained a total of 59.9MB of non-sensitive information of a technical nature such as test files, metadata and blank questionnaires. There is no evidence of software or systems being compromised and no unauthorised access to client data.

Iress has engaged with cyber security experts and national law enforcement agencies. We have credible intelligence to indicate that the threat actor is a lone actor. Iress is cooperating with law enforcement agencies.

Separately, we are aware that the threat actor has made statements on social media that it gained access to the AWS console and possessed several SSH keys. Iress has investigated those allegations and they are not substantiated by our investigations. Furthermore, the AWS screenshots that were produced belong to a user guide held within GitHub and the SSH keys referred to by the threat actor do not relate to any Iress or OneVue environments.  

Next steps
Iress takes incidents of unauthorised access seriously. We understand the importance of validation and checking our findings, and this is what is currently being done. The findings so far are based on our internal investigation which are subject to ongoing assurance and validation. Iress will provide an update should new relevant information come to hand.

Crowdstrike, a third party cyber expert, is being engaged to undertake a review of the incident and provide a report that will be made available to clients when it is completed.  

Out of an abundance of caution, we are continuing to reinforce our security controls by extending our Zero Trust solution to our AWS console and GitHub user space, and taking precautionary steps to rotate credentials where appropriate. Iress does not anticipate that these steps will cause any service disruption for clients.

Iress is providing this update to Centrepoint Alliance on a confidential basis pursuant to the confidentiality agreements contained in your services terms and conditions with Iress.  We ask that you please ensure the confidentiality of this update as public disclosure of this information has the potential to impact law enforcement activities.

Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Iress have made an ASX Announcement informing that on 11 May it "detected an unauthorised accessing of Iress’ user space on GitHUB", a third-party code repository platform which manages software code before it goes live in production on a separate platform.

Iress does not store client information on GitHUB.

Iress restricted access to GitHub immediately upon discovery and commenced a rapid investigation. There is no evidence that client data has been compromised as a result of this issue. There is also no evidence that Iress’ production or client software has been compromised.

Iress has now commenced a process of strengthening access and security protocols out of an abundance of caution.
They do not anticipate any disruption to use of their software and systems.

We are continuing to communicate with Iress on this issue to obtain additional information about the incident such as what was accessed and the nature of the access and will provide updates where necessary.

Iress has provided a fact sheet with frequently asked questions which we have included below.

Iress ASX Announcement

Iress unauthorised access incident - Client Fact Sheet

 

Following recent changes in reporting standards and legislation, many Fund Managers have changed the data provided to Xplan which is distorting client Asset Allocation information in advice documents.

This will affect all Xplan users, not just CWT and Compass, and we along with other licensees are seeking a solution from IRESS to address this.

When producing advice documents in Xplan, some of these allocations are coming through with negative cash percentages or in other forms that disrupt the overall asset allocation of a client.

We wanted to make you aware of the issue and provide you with an overview document explaining why this may occur and how to address it with clients.

We will update you as soon as we have a further update from IRESS.

Resolved through an emergency patch on 2nd August 2023 tonight - Please contact support if you continue to experience any issues

Known Issue | Datafeed data not appearing in Client Focus/ Wealthsolver

Critical Known Issue | Core functionalities to IPS and Wealthsolver broken

We are aware of a number of site issues currently impacting Xplan as of the recent site update to version 23.7.280. These issues include;

Missing investments in the Client Focus 'Investment Options' tab for data fed accounts
System Errors when using Wealthsolver Quick Compare (Work around solution is to use Wealthsolver Scenarios)
System Errors when using Wealthsolver Model Portfolios
System Errors when using Portfolios - Target Sets

Iress have notified us that these issue will be resolved in Xplan Release 23.7.282.

The auto update of our site will occur this week following the release and provide a resolution to the issue.

We appreciate your understanding and are communicating our urgency to Iress for this to be resolved ASAP

2:03 PM 04/04/2023

There is a current known issue in Xplan where you will receive an "Unexpected server error occurred" message when accessing client Risk Profile.

This issue will be fixed in Xplan version 23.4.262 which has been released.

Sites will start to upgrade to this version if on auto-upgrade.

You can check your Xplan version by going to your username on the top-right hand corner > About Xplan.

Update 9:15 AM 12/04/2023

Iress have confirmed that this issue has now been resolved via the most recent site upgrade, please contact your respective site support if this issue persists.

We are currently experiencing an issue with documents not merging Xtools+ charts. 

This issue is being investigated with high priority, we will provide an update shortly.

Please follow this section for more updates.

Update 13:14pm 29/03/2023

This issue has now been resolved.

We are currently experiencing system errors when trying grant access to Office365 Diary Sync.

Iress is currently aware of the issue and is looking at a fix.

Known Issue - Office 365 Diary Sync Issue

We will update this post as soon as possible.

Update:

The fix for the Diary Sync error will be released in Xplan version 23.3.259.1

You can check your Xplan version by going to your username on the top right-hand corner > About Xplan.

Xplan Enhancements

Recently deployed enhancements are listed below.

The Advice Technology Forum last month discussed some key enhancements, and we have started to roll out some of the changes.

  • An insurance policy start date has been included in the Review Builder Report.
  • All Advice Documents now have the ability to incorporate a second SoA date for users who wish to reference multiple advice documents.
  • For Self Licensed users, there is a minor cosmetic change in the wording of the reference for the Invoices.

We are releasing a new feature designed to enhance your Advice presentation. The Cashflow Summary table situated after the 'About You' section of the advice document, is an optional table allowing users to incorporate a concise cashflow summary derived from one of your Xtools+ scenarios.
The primary goal of this addition is to equip advisers with a powerful tool to offer clients a clear snapshot of their current cashflow projections within their existing financial landscape. Noteworthy is that this table is exclusively available in landscape format and remains optional for users to include, ensuring flexibility in document customisation.

This function will be available by the 24th May 2024.


EziDebit is now available.  The template is now ready to be downloaded in the Invoice.

Please find below User Guide and FAQ and Tips/Tricks.

EziDebit Guide - Compass

EziDebit Guide - CWT

EziDebit FAQ and Tips/Tricks

An email template has been created called Email to Client for EziDebit Invoice with Instructions to assist when sending out to clients.

Fillable Ezidebit DDR forms are also available.

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  1. Cover letter header for non core advice documents will now have the header removed and only the practice logo included. This is to ensure correct formatting of the document. SoA will still retain the original letter header
  2. Statement of Advice - Cost Comparison table will now allow up to 8 consecutive columns rather than 4, this is to ensure that the tables will appear side by side rather than on separate pages.
  3. Fact Find and Client Focus will include updated fields to Centrelink and Aged Care section.
  4. Shortened Merge Output Report name on core documents.

Xplan has undergone significant upgrades in version 310, including:

  • Investment bonds modelling and HEAS modelling in Xtools+
  • Additional charts and tables for the advice wizard in Xtools+
  • Replacement of Doc Note ‘Options’ Tab with ‘Workflow tab’
  • Replacement of the previous performance page with the IPS Analysis Page
  • SMA grouping now available in IPS

Our advice wizards now automatically generate PDS links for over 4000 products, including TMDs. This enhancement is through a partnership with Morningstar so you will see changes in the URL printed in your merge result.


Users can now access IQ Portfolios construction text in our Xplan’s Advice Wizard. To add automated wording, navigate to the Portfolio Construct Text page. Additionally, efforts are underway to collaborate with Macquarie to make portfolios available in WealthSolver. For now, select "Other Listed Investments" and search for the keyword "IQ Portfolios" when choosing products.


WealthSolver's Quick Merge option now includes the option to "Save to Notes" as well. This enhancement streamlines efficiency, enabling users to seamlessly store and save supporting documents directly against the client's file notes, all in one swift process.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Iress have added a shiny new File Note 'Pinning' feature. Now, you can easily highlight and keep your most important notes at the top, allowing users to prioritise and access key information quickly.

Additionally, the notes filter and File Notes Page interface have undergone thoughtful redesigns. These changes aim to improve the user experience, making it more intuitive and efficient. 

Hopefully these updates will make your document management not just easier, but also a bit more merry.

Happy Holidays and Happy Productivity from all of us at the Advice Tech Team!


Discovery Fact Find Coming Soon to Xplan!

 

Get ready for a new and exciting addition to our suite of wizards! The Discovery Fact Find is on its way, bringing a simple short document that can be added to your advisory processes.

Once ready this Wizard can be found under Client>1000. Discover the Client

Xplan Updates

1. Enhanced Insurance Reports in Xplan

We've refreshed our existing merge templates, updating the styling and coding to harmonize with the new Xplan site. For Compass users, a set of new reports can now be found under *[Compass/CWT] - Reporting in merge reports, allowing you to generate them for your list of clients.

 

2. Streamlined Authority Processes

Standalone merges for both Authority to Collect Information and Authority for Information & Transfer of Servicing Rights are now available in Xplan. Access these merges under 1000. Discover the Client Merge Report Category.

 

3. August Advice Tech Forum

Our Advice Technology Forum for Xplan enhancements took place on August 31st. We want to express our gratitude to the CPAL community for their invaluable feedback over the past month. Stay tuned as we begin rolling out some of the changes you've requested in the coming weeks. Your input drives our improvements!

 

4. Needs Analysis Table Now Available in RoA Wizard

We have extended the Needs Analysis tables to the RoA Wizard. This is an additional option if you would like to include this and can be used in the RoA Wizard when you have chosen to incorporate a Risk Researcher scenario. Please note that this option is only available for Risk Researcher scenarios.

 

5. Improved Access: Financial Planning Concepts Link

We're implementing a practical update: Financial planning concepts will now include a link to the full library for client access. This enhancement ensures that users without digital copies can easily access the content, making the link visible to all.

 

6. Enhanced User Experience: Quick Nav

Now on All Xplan Client Focus Pages In response to user demand and feedback, we're extending the Quick Nav bar to all available pages within Xplan Client Focus. This enhancement aims to improve user experience by simplifying navigation between popular pages. Your feedback is highly appreciated as we continue to refine Xplan for our users.

 

7. Streamlined Merge Reports: Standardisation in Progress

We want to inform you about our ongoing effort to standardise Merge Reports in both Compass and CWT. Our focus is on creating consistent letter templates and reports while simplifying the labelling process. In the upcoming weeks, you'll notice more reports becoming available and some housekeeping for old legacy files, identified by prefixes *CWT in the report Category


Document Enhancement: Remuneration Indexing Options

  • Introducing a new remuneration section with enhanced flexibility. Choose between indexing by CPI or a specific X% amount.
  • Remember to include the '%' symbol for accurate display in the output.

Document Refinement: Improved Insurance Formatting

  • Experience enhanced clarity in your advice documents. We've restructured insurance formatting for improved readability.

These changes are part of our ongoing commitment to elevate your advice documents, and your feedback is invaluable in driving these improvements forward.


Enhanced Reporting, new and updated templates

  • Introducing the Net Position Report in Excel for a concise summary of the clients’ assets, liabilities and net position. This can be found within the client record under merge reports> *[Compass]Reporting/*CWT - Reporting
  • New Payment receipt template offering a concise summary of payment receipts for fee for service payments for any specified period. This can be found within the client record under merge reports>*[Compass]Invoicing/*CWT - Invoicing
  • Time-Weighted Rate of Return (TWRR) calculation is now available in portfolio reviews, alongside the existing Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for performance reporting. Select this option within the Review Builder 10 wizard.
  • Client Disengagement letter to accompany Licensee Standard- Client Disengagement *[Compass]Letters/*CWT - Letters
  • Client Basic Deposit Product letter to accompany Licensee Standard- Basic Deposit Products *[Compass]Letters/*CWT - Letters

Streamlined Navigation: Quick Access Bar

  • Discover the new Quick Access Bar using icons on your Client Details page, providing direct/quicker access to the most commonly used pages.

Integration Advancements

  • Join our Sharepoint/XPLAN Integration Webinar by Umlaut to increase efficiency of record keeping with Xplan. The webinar is on Tuesday 22 August at 2:00pm (EST) Click here to join the webinar.
  • Access the Technology Implementation Action Plan on the Tech Solutions Integrations Page for a step-by-step guide to implementing Tech within your practice.

 

What's Coming?

  • Adviser Preferences Refinement: We're streamlining adviser preferences to enhance user experience.
  • Advice Tech Forum Updates: Exciting changes are happening as a result of the latest enhancement requests from the Adviser Advice Tech Forum
  • Enhanced Digital Signature Options: Look forward to new and improved digital signature choices.
  • Keep an eye out for further information in the next newsletter 

A design refresh for Xplan will be live from v23.6.274, the anticipated update window for Compass and CWT is Monday 26th June. This is an update to the styling for all screens to more closely match newer areas like Task Hub, Portfolio beta screens and Visualiser. This brings a more modern and consistent look and feel across Xplan. It has been a number of years since Iress had their last interface update and this change will help bring a more streamline experience to all the different sections of Xplan.

Below are some screen comparisons where the left page is the new interface:

Dashboard

Assets

Scenario


Time Critical and AML Risk Assessment Wizard are now available to help users generate the documents via Xplan.

This release is in line with the release of the new licensee standards.


General Wizard Updates

  • Replacement of “Occupation” with Job Title” in SoA/RoA and Review Builder. The “Occupation” field is used for insurance premium quotes but is not relevant to clients. The “Occupation” field will remain visible on the interface with the “Job Title” field as a prompt but only “Job Title” will populate in the merged document.
  • Goals ordering – Currently in the Fact Find Goals are ordered by the entity and alphabetically. In the SoA/Review Builder they are ordered as entered into the XPLAN. The SoA and Review Builder goals ordering will be matched to the Fact Find – ordered by entity and alphabetically.
  • Opportunities – The categories for Opportunities will be renamed to more closely match the advice process.
  • Xtools+ in SoA/RoA/Review Builder - A new option has been added to the Xtools+ area to include a side by side cash flow including tax implications. This is useful to show the client’s situation before your advice and post your advice.
  • Additional coding support for Wealthsolver insurance that is not linked to a Risk Researcher Policy. The types, amounts of cover, and premiums will now populate.

SoA/RoA Updates

  • Alternative strategies in the SoA – splitting of the field for Alternative Strategies into Alternative Strategies for noninsurance and Alternative Strategies for insurance which follow their respective sections.
  • RoA – if there is no Authority to Proceed is selected, the wording is amended to “We are in the process of implementing the change to your portfolio….”.
  • SoA/RoA – New option to automate the variance to asset allocation text. You can continue to use the existing field or the new option which will populate if the portfolio is over/underweight and in which asset classes. You will need to edit the reasons why there is variance post-merge but it will reduce the amount of time to include this information through the automation.
  • Wealthsolver Pension projections to be included in the SOA have been moved to be closer to the strategies rather than after the replaced product information.
  • Goal font size has been standardised to 12-point font.
  • Additional option added to RoA Next Steps “Update Centrelink of changes within 14 days”
  • New options to select which Wealthsolver Pension outputs you would like to include in the advice document. Previously the default included Balance projections, Pension Minimum and maximum tables and Projections for recommended pension.

Review Builder

  • Employment section will change from Occupation to Job Title and Employer

Other

  • Fact Find – Addition of Loan Start Date and Loan Term into the liabilities section

  • The Advice documents will replace First Name to the Preferred Name. This will change all templates for consistency. Sign-offs will have both their legal and preferred names. 
  • Change the default coding to Address Title currently we use <Title>, <First Name>, <Surname> individual fields
  • Improve consistency with text margins of the right margin to ensure the documents line up.

As you are aware, we released new templates last year. Since then, we have been gathering enhancement and change requests from advisers. These requests have been considered and agreed upon by the Adviser Technology Forum.

You may notice sections of the wizards moving around on Friday, 14 April 2023, as we commence updating the system for the changes to be live on Monday, 17 April 2023.

Fact Find 

  • Review fact find – option to exclude insurance from the merge document. Please note insurance must be included in the Full Fact Find hence there is no option to exclude in that option in the wizard. 
  • New option added to the Terms of Engagement “The preparation of your advice document is covered by your existing fee arrangement” 
  • Reordering of the Fact Find sections to align with the Review Builder with the Risk Profile moving to the end of the document. 
  • New option in Adviser Preferences to choose to include the aggregated balance of IPS investments or to include the underlying investments. 
  • Addition of the repayment and frequency to the Liabilities table 
  • Additional Powers of Attorney options added “Advance Care Directive” and “Enduring Guardianship” 
  • New fields added to interface and output for Long service leave and Annual leave/sick leave entitlements. 
  • Coding to be amended to include jointly held nonrelated assets 
  • Scope of advice section in the output document will be grouped by in scope/ out of scope (Also terms of engagement) 
  • Net position calculation to be grouped by Lifestyle assets/ Investment assets (including super) and Liabilities. 
  • Re-sectioning of Assets into Lifestyle, Investment Properties and Cash/Fixed Interest. 
  • Expand signature boxes for DocuSign 
  • Option to add CPI increase text to Terms of Engagement 

SOA/ROA

  • Scope of advice section in the output document will be grouped by in scope/ out of scope 
  • Wealthsolver replacement output to populate where there is a recommendation ie where they hold other portfolios or assets with no recommendations this will not be included in the replacement section. 
  • Like for Like – removal of the Like of Like Summary table within the SOA to be replaced with the full table from the Annexure. 
  • Option to add CPI increase text to Fees 
  • ‘About you’ section will only include the platform name and total balance not the underlying investments. The underlying investments will be in the investment section of the SOA. 
  • Split of “Your personal assets” into Lifestyle, Investment Properties and Cash/Fixed Interest. 
  • Net position calculation to be grouped by Lifestyle assets/ Investment assets (including super) and Liabilities. 
  • Market Commentary option added to SOA as per ROA and Review Builder. 
  • New prompt and field to include assumptions information where Xtools+ is not being used. 
  • Additional coding support for Insurance strategy text to populate from Risk Researcher (currently manually edited) 
  • Xtools+ new option to compare pension charts. 
  • Expand signature boxes for DocuSign 
  • Amend Cover letter to move adviser qualifications to separate line. 
  • Coding to be amended to include jointly held nonrelated assets 

Review Builder

  • New option to include Risk Profile for entities without IPS investments in output document. 
  • Addition to asset allocation table new columns dollar figures and grand totals. 
  • Split of “Your personal assets” into Lifestyle, Investment Properties and Cash/Fixed Interest. 
  • Net position calculation to be grouped by Lifestyle assets/ Investment assets (including super) and Liabilities. 
  • Mobile and email details added 
  • New option to choose to break asset class down by account. E.g., if a client has 3 separate portfolios and you want to compare each portfolio to the Risk Profile. 
  • Option to auto populate variance to asset allocation comments. 
  • Split returns into income and growth 
  • Amendment of Insurance table to Landscape and inclusion of additional information on beneficiaries, exclusions, loadings and premium per cover 
  • Coding to be amended to include jointly held nonrelated assets 

Due to popular demand and feedback we have added the ability to include/exclude the Your Investment Portfolio Assets section.

Please note: The Standard Options will not include the Your investment portfolio asset section.

Additionally, an adviser preference option will also be available so that you can use the adviser's pre selected inclusions.


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