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How to Add a Bond to the Quicken Security List

Updated: 6/05/2012 | Article ID: GEN82370

  • U.S. Savings bond
    1. Choose Investing menu > Security List, and then click New.
    2. Enter a meaningful name, such as US $1000-6% 01/24 for the purchase of a E/EE U.S. Savings Bonds, with a face value of $1000 and a maturity date of 1/20/24. If you have more than one savings bond, make sure the name you enter here is unique. Click Next.
    3. Click Add manually.
    4. In the Security Type list, select U.S. Savings Bond.
    5. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions. Quicken may not display all the fields described below, depending on the information you enter.
      • Asset Class: Select Domestic Bond.
      • Maturity Date: Enter the maturity date.

    Notes

    This procedure adds the savings bond to your Security List but does not track how many bonds you own. To track your holdings, enter a buy transaction in one of your Quicken investment accounts. When you do this, keep in mind that U.S. Savings Bonds are tracked according to their cost per single bond-unlike corporate, Treasury, or municipal bonds, which are tracked according to share values derived from the bond's face amount.

    For a savings bond, you enter:

    • Number of bonds you bought (or own).
    • Cost per bond (not the total cost of all bonds).
  • Treasury, corporate, municipal and all other bond types
    1. Choose Investing menu > Security List, and then click New.
    2. Enter a meaningful name for this bond, for example, U.S. Treasury Note-6.50% 05-15-20014, where 6.50% is the coupon rate and 05-15-20014 is the maturity date. Click Next.
    3. Click Add manually.
    4. In the Security Type list, select Bond.
    5. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions. Quicken may not display all the fields described below, depending on the information you enter.
      • Asset Class: Select either Domestic Bond or Global Bond.
      • Bond Type: Select the appropriate type of bond, such as U.S. Treasury Bill, Note, or Bond or corporate bond.
      • Maturity Date: Enter the maturity date.
      • Call Date: Enter the call date, if your bond has one.

    Notes

    This procedure adds the bond to your Security List but does not track how many bonds you own. To track your holdings, enter a Bonds Bought transaction in one of your Quicken investment accounts.

    When you do this, keep in mind that Treasury, corporate, and municipal bonds are tracked according to share values derived from the bond's face amount. Thus the price you enter, and the number of shares Quicken displays in the Portfolio will be different from what you see for other security types. In Quicken, you simply enter the number of bonds and the price per share. Quicken calculates the principal amount for you.

    • Face amount: The Face amount is a multiple of 1,000. This may be called Quantity on your brokerage statement. The face amount is 1000 times the actual number of bonds you own, or a hundred times the number of shares. The face amount is used in order to match the way bond prices are quoted. In the Portfolio, Quicken displays the actual number of shares (ten times the number of bonds).
    • Price: The price of a share is expressed as a percentage of the face amount, using a base of 100. If you pay $90 per share, you are paying 90 percent of the bond's face amount. If you pay $900 for the bond, enter $90 per share.
    • Principal amount: This equals the face amount times the price expressed as a percentage. Let's say you buy 20 bonds with a face amount of $20,000. The price per share is $90 (expressed as a percentage of the bond's face value, this would be 90%, or 0.90). Therefore, your principal would be $20,000 times 00.90, which equals $18,000.

    Recording a transaction in Quicken does not execute a real-world trade, transfer, or other transaction. Contact your broker to execute trades or transfers, and then manually record the transactions in Quicken-better yet, download them directly from your participating financial institution.

 
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