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13 Jan, 2018 09:32 AM

I have run MS Money for the past 18 years with both everyday banking and with investments. I would like to know how easy it is to import ALL the past information and data with Bank accounts, Stocks and Shares , investment funds and price histories

Hope someone can help

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ian O on 13 Jan, 2018 10:17 AM

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    Hi David,

    You can find the steps for importing your MS Money data outlined in this article. You should export your accounts in the QIF file format, then import these files to Moneydance. The process is quite straightforward but can be a little laborious if you have lots of accounts within the MS Money file.
    I'd be happy to provide guidance and assistance if you need any help with this.

    If you haven't already, I encourage you to download our free trial version and experiment with the program. The demo version is fully functional and allows you to manually enter 100 transactions. Imported transactions are not limited, so you'll be able to fully test downloading data from your bank, and importing data from MS Money.
    If you decide to purchase the program at a later date you can keep all your data, the license key simply unlocks the ability to manually enter more transactions. You can download the trial version of Moneydance from here.

    Ian O
    Infinite Kind Support

  2. 2 Posted by David Neale on 13 Jan, 2018 10:22 AM

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    I assume this all works fine in UK? Will it update prices of stock automatically via internet. ?

    Will it give performance over time of investments?

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. 3 Posted by derekkent23 on 13 Jan, 2018 03:13 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    I live in the UK. At the end of 2015 I moved from Microsoft Money 2005, UK version. The move included just over 15 years of cash type accounts, Building Society, Bank, ISA and credit cards. 37 accounts in all, only 5 still open. This involved a lot of repetitive work as each account has to be exported from MS Money as a QIF file, a corresponding account set up in Moneydance and then each QIF file imported into Moneydance. This went well. The only thing I needed to check was the opening balances of accounts that were already open when I initially started to record them in MS Money. If I hadn’t transferred all my cash accounts then Moneydance may have had many more issues to fix as there would have been missing information on transfers between accounts.
    Investment accounts, fund, bonds etc., were more of a problem. I had to develop some work arounds to cover the way I had set up investments in MS Money which were not covered in the Moneydance transfer instructions. That said, once I had developed my workarounds things went well with only a little more work required compared to transferring cash type accounts. The only real issue was that investment prices history associated with each security investment are not exported by MS Money, only the price associated with a sell or buy. I had updated securities prices at the end of each month in MS Money and so had to manually enter price history into Moneydance. For this reason I have only transferred investment accounts going back 6 years.
    I does take a lot of work but I am pleased with the result.

    As for automatic updating of securities Moneydance used to use the free Yahoo and Google API’S for source data. But both of these organisations have recently stopped these services. Moneydance has switched to using Alpha Vantage. Alpha Vantage supports North America with some coverage of the UK and Europe for Stocks but poor coverage for funds.

    I am now using a third-party stand-alone program to obtain prices for my UK/Ireland and mainland Europe funds. It does an excellent job and the data can be easily imported into Moneydance. See the PDF in the post in thread http://help.infinitekind.com/discussions/investments/3036-third-par...

    Moneydance provides many reports and graphs that can be customised including a net worth over time graph.

    Try thing out for yourself.
    Download from https://infinitekind.com/download-moneydance-personal-finance-software
    Downloaded version of Moneydance is a full working version with the only limit being a maximum of 100 manually entered transactions, with no time limit. Imported files from other financial programs and your bank have no limit on imports. If you decided to purchase you are sent a key by email that unlocks the 100-manual transaction limit. If after testing with this free trial version you purchase and change your mind see the 90 day money back guaranty at https://infinitekind.com/refunds
    For the future Moneydance never sunsets the version it releases. So, you don’t have to upgrade. If you won’t to upgrade the next version is free (say 2015 to 2017) and from then on you get a 50% discount. All upgrades within a version are free.

    For general information see http://help.infinitekind.com/kb

    If you have specific issues give as much detail as you can and support or others will answer your questions.

    Hope this helps.

  4. 4 Posted by Andrew Wilkin on 13 Jan, 2018 04:32 PM

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    I'm going to browse more topics here, but I have a question that bears on this. I've downloaded the freeware and imported. Now I'm trying to figure out how to sync with my institutions. Is there a tutorial to getting started that I'm missing?

  5. 5 Posted by derekkent23 on 13 Jan, 2018 05:19 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    See this set of articles relating to obtaining data from financial institutions.

    hope this helps.

  6. 6 Posted by David Neale on 17 Jan, 2018 04:07 PM

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    Hi there

    Many thanks for your help!! I have tried importing one account only as a test which imported ok with one exception. It put every transaction against the same category, which I do not understand. It seems to have generated categories that were used in that account but put everything in Automotive


    Any reason why



  7. 7 Posted by derekkent23 on 17 Jan, 2018 05:02 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    When following http://help.infinitekind.com/kb/importing-data-from-other-programs/...
    It sounds like you did not follow the instruction to set "File Source:" to "From Another Program"?
    If you need to try again set up a new data set by clicking FILE – NEW.

    Hope this helps.

  8. 8 Posted by davidpound on 24 Jan, 2018 10:35 PM

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    A related query please. Many of the answers I have read in these fora advise downloading the trial version first - very sensible advice. But I am awaiting a migration from Windows XP to Windows 10 (the reason for moving away from Quicken). If I download the trial version now will it run on XP?

  9. 9 Posted by derekkent23 on 24 Jan, 2018 11:12 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.

    I understand it does work on windows XP, you have nothing to lose.

    Hope this helps.

  10. 10 Posted by dwg on 25 Jan, 2018 07:27 AM

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    Moneydance 2017 does run on Windows XP.

  11. 11 Posted by davidpound on 25 Jan, 2018 08:20 AM

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    Many thanks. I'll give it a whirl.

  12. 12 Posted by davidpound on 25 Jan, 2018 04:46 PM

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    I have given it a whirl, and it does indeed work. It looks rather more complicated than Quicken - but I don't suppose that is anything to do with running it in XP ! Probably just me.

  13. 13 Posted by derekkent23 on 25 Jan, 2018 04:57 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user

    I doubt it is more complicated than Quicken, it just looks that way until you get used to it.
    For general information see http://help.infinitekind.com/kb
    I also found the 2017 user guide very useful, the fundamental hasn’t changed in 2017. See http://help.infinitekind.com/kb/older-versions/moneydance-2015-user...

    Hope this helps

  14. 14 Posted by dwg on 25 Jan, 2018 07:58 PM

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    I was a Quicken user and do not believe it is any more complicated, just different. If you try to apply Quicken methods with Moneydance it can make it feel more complex.

  15. 15 Posted by davidpound on 26 Jan, 2018 09:23 AM

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    Thanks derekkent23 and dwg. I am sure you are right that it will look less complicated once I get used to it. I have read and tried to follow the 2015 user guide - I much prefer written instructions to tryi8ng to follow something on screen - and found it helpful. But it doesn't describe everything.
     For instance, what are the little blue E shaped marks in the Description field of some entries?
     Why does my credit card account show all the payments I have made over the years to pay off the balance each month, yet doesn't show any of the purchases? As a result the Balance column shows a huge debit balance.
    On the other hand in my current bank account file there are numerous entries either duplicated or which don't relate to that account at all? The result there is that the Balance column here shows me to have several hundred thousand pounds in my current account!! If only!! It looks like being an awful lot of work to weed all the incorrect entries out.
    Any suggestions will be most appreciated.

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