Can't edit decimal places

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01 Jan, 2010 02:00 AM

I would post a trac ticket about this, but the system won't let me. (see this thread:

Trac Ticket #1756 is closed on the basis that it's a duplicate of #304. I disagree - I think it's a distinct issue, albeit with some overlap. The main issue in #1756 still stands, viz:
MD doesn't allow you to change the number of decimal places for an existing stock. There'd be many situations where this could be needed. In my case just now, I've opened a new portfolio account with a selection of new MF holdings - one of which is one I've used before with a different portfolio account. Back then, this fund limited transactions to 4 decimal places; now it uses 6. I can't change it. So my number of units -- and therefore also my cash account balance -- is always out.

This needs to be addressed.


  1. 1 Posted by Alan Peggs on 02 Jan, 2010 03:18 PM

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    Agreed. See my posting on Decimal Places. The Edit Security action should allow for decimal places to be changed.

  2. 2 Posted by ljb on 02 Jan, 2010 09:15 PM

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    I agree. Ticket 1756 is different from the others, and should have been left open as an enhancement.

    The issue here may be that MD uses the "number of decimal places" for a security to control the units in which it stores each transaction amount. So it isn't just used to determine how many digits you can enter, or how many MD displays.

    For example, say you have two stocks, one created with "3 decimal places" and one with "2 decimal places". You buy 1 share of each at $10 per share. But the number MD stores as the price per share in your data file will differ for the two transactions. (One will be 1, and one will be 10.)

    So changing the "number of decimal places" for a stock would require MD to re-calculate and re-write every transaction for that stock. I'm not saying it is impossible, it just isn't as straight-forward as it may seem.

  3. Angie Rauscher closed this discussion on 01 Mar, 2010 04:44 PM.

  4. Angie Rauscher re-opened this discussion on 25 Aug, 2010 09:24 PM

  5. System closed this discussion on 31 Mar, 2015 03:29 PM.

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