How do I enter an investment transaction?


When manually entering investment transactions, you can either work directly in the transaction list, or use forms that walk you through the specific type of transaction. When you use the forms, Quicken automatically assigns any necessary investment category and tax line item for you.

 

  • Use forms to enter an investment transaction

    You can enter investment transactions through forms that are customized to the type of transaction you're working with.
    1. Open the account you want to use.
    2. Click Enter Transactions.
    3. In the Enter Transaction list, select the type of transaction you want to enter.
    4. Context sensitive help is available for specific transaction types; click the Help button on the form.



    Notes


    Investment transaction lists can also contain special types of transactions that record only your position for a security (the number of shares you own). These are called placeholder entries. 

  • Enter an investment transaction directly into the transaction list
    1. Open the account you want to use.
    2. Find the new transaction line.
    3. Change the date if necessary.
      • Tell me more about entering dates
        • You can enter a new date directly over the date that Quicken puts in the Date field. You don't have to type the slashes or the year, because Quicken has already entered the current year.
        • To enter a date quickly, click the pop-up calendar at the right of the Date field, and then click a date.
    4. In the Action list, select the type of transaction you want to enter.
    5. If this is a security-based transaction (for example, a buy or sell), enter a security.
    6. Use the fields provided to complete the applicable information for this transaction, such as number of shares, price per share, memo, and so on.
    7. Click Enter to record the changes.

Notes

Investment transaction lists can also contain special types of transactions that record only your position for a security (the number of shares you own). These are called placeholder entries.


Placeholder entries can only occur in an investment transaction list. Each placeholder entry identifies the security name and number of shares added to or subtracted from the account (for example, 50 shares of Intuit). It does not include a purchase date or price, which Quicken needs to provide performance reporting or use tax planning tools. You need to resolve placeholder entries if you want to use these tools, but not if you want to track holdings-only information in Quicken..


 You can display the transaction list in two-line mode by editing the investment transaction list preferences.

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