Skip to main content
Skip table of contents


What should be entered as a Cash account

  • The following should be added as a Cash asset:

    • Everyday cash transaction account

    • Savings accounts that don't have a restriction on withdrawals

  • Cash accounts can be owned by an Individual, Couple, SMSF or Trust.

  • (error)  Do not enter under Cash:

How to add a Cash account

To add a cash account owned by an individual or couple:

  1. Go to the Current situation step (top menu), then click the Assets & Loans sub-step

  2. On the left menu, click Add assets and then choose Cash

To add a cash account owned by an SMSF or Trust:

  1. Add the SMSF or Trust

  2. Within the entity, add the cash account

Modelling options for cash accounts

If an Individual or couple has several bank accounts with the same ownership and interest rate, you can conflate them to a single Cash account in Pathfinder; just add up the balances of the accounts and put the total in the Balance field.

Keep a cash reserve for emergencies (outside super only)

See Cash reserve goal.

Increase or decrease assumed interest rate year-by-year

You can change the interest rate using the series builder in the Interest rate field. For more information, see How to increase or decrease a value in the series builder

Run a scenario with a higher or lower interest rate

This is useful if you would like to see the impact of higher or lower interest rates:

  1. Add a new scenario (for more, see How to make another scenario for comparison)

  2. Go to the Cash flows & Goals step (top menu), then the Review assets & loans sub-step. 

  3. Scroll down until you find the cash account

  4. In the Change interest rate field, enter your new interest rate.  The value you enter will override the value you entered for the cash account at the Current situation > Assets & loans step.

Additional options

Results for Cash

See Cash and offset account results.

Related items

Strategy Development Service (SDS) and Background adjustment options

If the case includes complex analysis that you are not able to do in Pathfinder yourself, Optimo Support may be able to do some background adjustments to help you get the results you need. Depending on the complexity, this may be included as part of the standard support or additional charges may apply. For more details, please see Modelling outside the scope of Pathfinders' standard modelling.

Some examples of things that are outside the scope of Pathfinder's modelling and how Optimo support can help, are listed below:



Information required by Optimo Support

Examples where additional charges may apply

Keeping open several cash accounts with specific balances

Pathfinder tends to prefer a keeping single cash account, so if you have multiple cash accounts, it may transfer funds between them unexpectedly.

You could try using:

If you would like specific instructions for cash accounts, please tell us:

  • the case name

  • the scenarios you want to apply the change to

  • the names of the cash accounts and what you want to do with them

If it is only one or two cah accounts with minor changes, it will likely be part of the standard support.

Keeping cash in proportion to another asset

Deposits to cash and shares should be equal

Please send specific details, and we’ll see what we can do.

We will let you know, based on the request.

JavaScript errors detected

Please note, these errors can depend on your browser setup.

If this problem persists, please contact our support.