How do I Sell a Security?

Use the Shares Sold dialog to record a sale. You have the option of selecting the specific shares you want to sell in the Specify lots dialog. You can tell Quicken whether you want to sell all the shares in a particular lot, or just some of those shares.

  1. Open the account you want to use.
  2. Click Enter Transactions.
  3. In the Enter Transaction list, choose Sell - Shares Sold.
  4. Use the dialog to record the sale of shares of a security.  
    • Security name
      If you accessed this dialog from the investment account transaction list, select the security for which you're purchasing shares.
    • Account
      If you accessed this dialog from the Security Detail View, select the account in which you're selling shares.
    • Number of shares, Price received per share, and Commission
      Enter the number of shares you sold, the sale price, and any applicable loads or commissions.

      If this is a bond, the cost per share should be a percentage of the face amount.
      Applicable Loads or Commissions - A "load" (sometimes called a "front-end load") is a commission built into the purchase price of a mutual fund or other security. A load fund has two share prices: a Buy or Offer price and a Sell or net asset value (NAV) price. Enter the purchase of a load fund at the Buy price with no additional commission. The true market value of your investment is based on the Sell or NAV price. If you want to correct the market value of a load fund in Quicken, either download the current price or update the price manually in the Portfolio View.
      Face Amount - Also called principal or par value, the face amount of a single bond (typically $1,000) is the price of the bond before fluctuations in the market cause it to be sold for more or less than its par value.
    • Specify Lots
      If you want to track the sale using the lot ID, click Specify Lots. Otherwise, Quicken chooses to sell the oldest shares (called First In, First Out, or FIFO).

      For mutual funds which use the average cost method of tracking cost basis, the Specify Lots button will be unavailable (gray) because it does not apply.

      If the Specify Lots button is otherwise unavailable, make sure that you've selected a security for which you hold an open position in this account.
      Average Cost - This is the total cost of all shares of a security divided by the number of shares. For example, if you own 50 shares of stock with a cost basis of $1000, the average cost per share is $1000 divided by 50 shares, or $20 per share. When you track a security using the average cost method, Quicken displays the average cost in the Portfolio's Cost Basis Per Share column and displays the label "avg. cost" in the Shares column.
    • Choose how you want to deposit the proceeds from this sale
      • Select To this account's cash balance if the money from the sale goes into the current investment account; this increases the cash balance of this account. Quicken enters this transaction in the transaction list as a Sell. 
      • If the money from the sale goes into another account, select the account in the To list; this increases the cash balance of that account. Quicken enters this transaction in the transaction list as a SellX.
  5. Click Enter/New to enter another transaction, or Enter/Done to finish.


For tax purposes, your financial institution may withhold a certain amount of money from the proceeds of a Sell transaction. Quicken shows this activity separately, as a MiscExp (miscellaneous expense) item.

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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