Entering Holdings

Once you have created a security, you can enter transactions that reflect your holdings for this security.

If you are adding initial holdings, you can enter BuyXfr transactions with the category "Initial Holdings" as a custom income category. This will reflect that you already possess these securities at the creation of this account within Moneydance.

If you are entering a transaction that is not an initial holding, be sure to enter as the category in the 2nd line as "transaction fee" or "commission" to reflect applicable broker fees.

It is important to remember that Moneydance will only download transactions from your account when you import or download from your financial institution.
Therefore, unless the initial purchase of the security is within the download, you will not have the complete information for your security.
You may need to manually enter transactions for the account to reflect your current holdings.

The most straightforward way to enter your holdings is to manually input all of the account transactions from the date of purchase to the current date into the register. This will allow Moneydance to track capital gains.

If you feel you have too many historical transactions to enter manually, or prefer to start from your current balances, you can do so. It is important to remember that if you start from the current balance and don't enter all the historical transactions, Moneydance will not be able to track capital gains.

To add your current holdings for a security you can enter a Buy transaction for the total number of shares you currently own using the current market value.
For example, if you own 50 shares of XYZ stock, enter a single Buy transaction for 50 shares (even if you purchased them over time), using the current market price.

You could also enter the original basis for the stocks and the appropriate number of shares, which permits better tracking of your ROI. Repeat for each of your securities.

Once you have entered each of your securities this way your account will show a large negative cash balance.
To correct this, go to Account → Edit Account (make sure you're viewing the account you want to edit) and enter the cash balance number as the starting amount in the Initial Balance field (without the negative sign).

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