The Employee Benefit Research Institute has increased the flexibility of its Ballpark E$timate Web tool.[@@]

EBRI, Washington, says the new version of the popular retirement planning calculator lets users customize several key factors, such as how long they think they will live and when they expect to retire.

The new customization options should make the retirement savings needs estimates more accurate, EBRI says.

The updated calculator is on the Web at

http://www.choosetosave.org/ballpark