If we make a reserve expenditure “on schedule” (i.e., according to our Reserve Study), why does our Reserve Fund Strength (Percent Funded) drop? That’s a great question because it illustrates the difference between the calculation of Reserve Fund strength and paying for reserve expenses.
The scope & schedule of an Association’s reserve expenses are defined in the Reserve Study’s Component List. But once the Component List has been established, should the Reserve contributions necessary to fund those expenses be calculated using the “Straight Line” Method (officially called the Component Method) or the “Cash Flow” Method (sometimes called the “Pooled” Method)?
Someone who attended one of our recent webinars asked an interesting follow-up question worth sharing. His association manager had recently told him that a Funding Plan based on the Straight Line methodology (also known as the Component Method in National Reserve Study Standard terminology) was more accurate than a Funding Plan based on the Cash Flow methodology, and he wanted my opinion on the matter.