Investment set up

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Helen Blackman

10 Nov, 2015 12:01 PM

I have a problem Housten! With great difficulty I have set up my two small investments but for some reason a cash balance has been generated which bears no resemblance to them and then the three totals are added together giving a total which gives a completely false value to the investment. Not a lot of use - how do I make this a true representation of my share values?

Secondly I have been trying, without success to set up a budget. I can create a title and then it comes up with the filter screen which I don't understand, but I cannot find the screen for manually adding my own values, despite following the instructions in the manual - it just keeps coming back to the filters.

  1. 1 Posted by Tom Freeman on 11 Nov, 2015 05:58 PM

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    For the budget, it should show with all the categorizes in your file. Just click on the item to add a budget amount. For the next month you can click on the month tab to either copy the previous month, copy and roll over, or use spending from a previous period.

    For the investments, how did you set it up? Did you provide an initial balance for the account for the funds bought?

    Is the share count correct but the current price not? How are you updating the current price? We have two extensions that would help update the current price field. The first is a security price entry extension which allows you to update all your securities manually form one table. The other is the quotes and exchange extension which uses Yahoo finance to update the securities. Both of these can be found from the tool bar by going to extension >. manage extensions.

    Tom Freeman
    Infinite Kind Support

  2. 2 Posted by Walt on 12 Nov, 2015 04:19 AM

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    Uh Tom, where and how does one set up a portfolio? I find the 'help' menu totally useless. I added a couple of securities but nowhere did I see a buy date, price paid, quantity purchased, etc form. I saw something called prefix value and suffix value and have absolutely no idea what that means.


  3. 3 Posted by Helen Blackman on 14 Nov, 2015 11:14 AM

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    I can't say that this system is very efficient. Poor Walt above here appears to still awaiting an answer! I first submitted my question on the 10th, but was never advised that I had a reply until I found it myself by accident. You need to tighten things up!

    Anyway, to my budget - are you saying that I have to input a figure for every category, every month to set a budget. If so not at all efficient.

    With regard to the shares, as far as I am aware I followed instructions. I "bought" the holding I already had and used the current price. I have added the extension for keeping up with the prices, though that actually does not appear to be doing its job. But my question was why has this mysterious cash value appeared called "Cash Balance" which does not correlate with any values I have input and it is then added to the values I have input making a total which is double my actual value.

  4. 4 Posted by Tom Freeman on 16 Nov, 2015 05:01 PM

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    I apologize for the late response. The replies should be going to your email. If it is not in your inbox it may be in your spam folder.

    It may help if you download the user guide and check the FAQ's from here:

    After entering your holding you need to go back and adjust your cash balance with an initial balance to zero out the "buys" You can do this by going to account > edit account. You should see an initial balance field that is currently blank. Put the total of your "buys" here and this should adjust your cash balance in the account to its proper level.

    The budget system works better when there is already a history of spending that you can use to set the budgets. Using a mixed interval budget is better when starting from scratch. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this in the user's guide.

    Tom Freeman
    Infinite Kind Support

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