Odd data from Quotes and Exchange Rates Extension

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26 May, 2016 05:17 PM

A couple of times now I've updated the quotes of investments using the Extension (manually clicking to update, rather than on a schedule) and it's downloaded bad historical data - it seems that values have been divided by 100 - so lots of historical data with prices like 0.02123 appears, rather than 2.123. This results in charts like that in the screenshot attached.

Last time it happened I used a backup of my Moneydance data and tried again a couple of days later - the problem was resolved. That was a few weeks ago and it's just happened again. Obviously this is a huge pain, but I'm not sure how to fix it, or to know in advance that it might happen. I've resorted to manually backing up my Moneydance data every time I update quotes, just in case, which is a bit of a pain. Any suggestions?

  1. 1 Posted by -Kevin N. on 26 May, 2016 06:44 PM

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    Hi Phil,

    I can't offer a reason for the anomaly but you can clear up the errant data points by clearing them from the security's History table.

    Go to the 'Securities Detail' view of the security in question.
    Click the 'History' button.

    In the resulting table, locate and remove the line item(s) by highlighting it and clicking the 'Remove' button.

    FYI the 'Clear All' button does just that. I'm not sure if there is an 'Are you sure?' prompt or not, so use that at your own peril. :)

    HTH -Kevin N.

  2. 2 Posted by phil on 26 May, 2016 08:08 PM

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    Thanks Kevin - the first time I did start doing that but deleting dozens (maybe hundreds) of entries across all the securities was far too laborious. Thankfully I remembered Time Machine and so recovered a recent backup.

  3. 3 Posted by -Kevin N. on 26 May, 2016 08:36 PM

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    Hi Phil,

    Ah, OK. I just thought I'd toss it out there.

    Yahoo / Google provide the quotes for free so I guess it's a matter of getting what you pay for. :)

    -Kevin N.

  4. 4 Posted by JimRB on 06 Jun, 2016 05:27 PM

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    This is becasue the quotes from Yahoo are 1/100 of the previous quotes you have been using. This exact same issue has happened to me.

    To solve it, so that future quotes from Yahoo are actually useful, IGNORE THIS _ SEE LATER POST the only way round is to do a stock split of 100 for 1 on the date of the first imported price. You also need to go through and amend or delete the occasional manually input price since that date.

    Your graph then works - though I have found that you may need to change the window you are looking at in MoneyDance, and then return so that it can refresh.

  5. 5 Posted by phil on 06 Jun, 2016 05:37 PM

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    Thanks Jim. But the odd thing is that if I revert to my backup file and wait a day or two (less might work too) and try again, the quotes don't have this problem. It appears to be a temporary glitch, and so I wouldn't want to do something permanent like a stock split.

  6. 6 Posted by JimRB on 06 Jun, 2016 05:39 PM

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    images before and after

    Glad you can get yours sorted. I'd tried that but it goes wrong as soon as I update quotes. The Yahoo quotes are pounds whereas the previous method using the broker's figures were pence.

  7. 7 Posted by JimRB on 07 Jun, 2016 04:18 PM

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    I looked at the detail of the Quotes and Exchange Rates Extension, and see that for stock exchange, there is "London Exchange" or "London Exchange (Pence)". Mine that were set to that last had an error message saying "Price in Pounds".

    I have now found that if you right click on the Stock Exchange for a particular security, it lets you alter prefixes for different quotes systems, and allows you to set a multiplier for the Price. Mine is set to 0.01, so clearly I need to undo my stock split, change this to 1 for the problem files, and get on with it.

    I tried one of them, and it worked for the latest quotes. The downloaded quotes for the last two months are wrong, so I have deleted them back to the last time I had a range of good figures. (Clicking the Remove button once, then just holding down the Enter key allows swift removal of a range - just slow down when you are approaching the date to clear the keystroke buffer!).
    Removing the Stock split is also easy from that RIght click window.
    It works! I have lots of detail since 2014 for the one I tried.
    NB. If you CLEAR the stock prices, and then Update the Quotes, you only get a year. If you have a price in already, then it downloads the quotes since that date.

  8. 8 Posted by JimRB on 07 Jun, 2016 04:55 PM

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    Sometimes MoneyDance notices that the price should be x0.01. Sometimes it doesn't! Once it multiplied by 0.0001.

    Henderson Euro Selected Opportunities GB0032437948 is shown on Yahoo at a price of 1297.00, so logically when the FIdelity site shows that as 12.97, and my entire history from Quicken shows it as ranging from 8 to 13, the Yahoo price needs to be multiplied by 0.01. Last week, that worked. Today, it hasn't. It downloaded the last 7 days prices as thousands, but all the ones prior to that were tens.

    Some of my securities have required change of the multiplier to work, some have just required deletion of the last week of downloaded data and re-download.

    Now I am getting depressed. Securities that I just fixed 10 minutes ago, and had a good history for that was accurate, have now lost that and gone wrong! In the meantime what I had done was corect a different security, and re-download the prices.

    There is something amiss. It needs to be fixed.

  9. 9 Posted by JimRB on 07 Jun, 2016 05:14 PM

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    At 18:00 I corrected my Aviva Security, and took screen shots of the prices before and after correction.

    Now, having "fixed" another security, I look at my summary, and find that Aviva has 5316% growth! It has reverted to the previous incorrect figures. It is only 18:09, so barely any time has passed.

    The Extension doesn't download data if that space is full, so it would seem to me that MoneyDance is changing something.

    I have had enough for today. If this cannot be sorted, I want my money back. I will go back to Quicken and input prices manually once a month or so.

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