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Track Investment Accounts in Quicken Essentials for Mac

Updated: 5/08/2012 | Article ID: GEN82858

Overview

Quicken Essentials lets you to track the overall value of your investment accounts and the value of specific holdings, but the software does not track individual buys and sells, nor will it provide some advanced investment performance reports.

Set Up Investment Accounts

To set up an investment account online

  1. Choose Accounts > New > Investments, and then select the type of investment account you want to create.
  2. Enter the name of your brokerage in the Search field, select it from the list, and click Continue.

    Some financial institutions offer multiple options to choose from. For example, Bank of America offers several options, including Bank of America - California, Bank of America - WA and ID, Bank of America - All Other States, Bank of America Military Bank, and so forth. Choose the one that best fits your institution.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your account, including connecting to your bank so you can download your transactions directly into Quicken.

    Quicken supports downloads with over 13,000 financial institutions. If you can't find your bank in the list, try these two steps:

    Click “My bank is not in the list” on the Add Account window, and then click the refresh button on the My Bank is Not in the List message. Quicken updates your list of supported financial institutions. Next, click Check list again, and try once more to find your bank in the list of supported institutions.

    If your bank still does not appear in the list, you can still create an account in Quicken, but you won't be able to download transactions into it. Instead, you will need to enter your transactions by hand. To set up a manual account, click “My bank is not in the list” on the Add Account window, and then click Add Manual Account.

To set up an investment account and manually enter holdings

  1. Hold down the Option key, choose Accounts > New > Investing, and then select the type of account you want to create.
  2. Click Skip.
  3. Click the Add Holding button at the bottom of the workspace and select the type of asset that you'd like to add.
  4. Enter information about the security you're adding and click Save.
  5. If you provide a ticker symbol from a participating exchange, Quicken can update your share or unit prices.
    After you have added any securities tracked in this account, click the Add Holding button again and select Balance > Cash to add a cash balance to the account, if necessary.

Update Share Prices

When you update share prices, Quicken updates the prices of all securities with valid ticker symbols, in all accounts.

To update share prices

  1. Select an investment account from the Accounts section of the sidebar.
  2. Click the Update Prices button at the bottom of the workspace.

Add Securities

If you'd like, you can set up an investment account and add securities manually.

To add a security

  1. Select the investment account to which you'd like to add a security from the Accounts section of the sidebar.
  2. Click the Add Holding button at the bottom of the workspace and select the type of security that you'd like to add.
  3. Enter information about the security you're adding and click Save.
    If you provide a ticker symbol from a participating exchange, Quicken can update your share or unit prices.

Edit securities

You can edit securities and other holdings you have added manually. You cannot edit securities or other holdings that have been
downloaded from a financial institution.

To edit a security

  1. Select the investment account containing the security or other holding you want to edit from the Accounts section of the sidebar.
  2. Click Edit Holdings.
  3. Select the type of holding you'd like to edit from the tabs at the top of the window.
  4. Select the holding you'd like to edit.
  5. Click the Edit button at the bottom of the dialog.
  6. Make any changes you want to the displayed information.
  7. Click Save to apply and save your changes to the security or holding.
  8. Click Save again to save all changes you have made to your holdings.

Delete securities

You can delete securities and other holdings you have added manually. You cannot delete securities that have been downloaded from a
financial institution.

To delete a security

  1. Select the investment account containing the security or other holding you want to delete from the Accounts section of the sidebar.
  2. Click Edit Holdings.
  3. Select the type of holding you'd like to delete from the tabs at the top of the dialog.
  4. Select the holding you'd like to delete.
  5. Click the Delete (–) button at the bottom of the dialog.
    Note that while the holding is removed from the Edit Holdings dialog, it is not actually removed from your data file until the next step.
  6. Click Save to confirm the deletion.
    Note that you cannot undo deleting a holding. If you accidentally delete a holding you can add the holding back manually.
 
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