I read that 要するに and つまり are not always interchangeable. Still, I don't really understand the difference between the two...
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The two can be interchangeable but where as 要するに means "To summarise" or "in short". つまり is usually taken to mean "in other words":
There is a similar word to つまり、すなわち which also means "in other words" but is not interchangeable because it does not convey a a conclusion:
I explain this because (I think*) in the following sentence つまり is interchangeable with either 要するに or すなわち, illustrating the nuance you are asking about.
*I should be grateful for if others would confirm correct me on this.
Not 100% sure on this, but I think