How to build investment history (and avoid placeholders?)
Placeholder records are being introduced as I try to build my investment accounts from 9/27/2012 to current. I had to manually enter the sept. transactions then have downloaded the oct - dec, 2012 and jan-mar, 2013 transactions from the brokerage.
I reconciled my Dec. 2012 statement before the next download. In my first qtr of 2013 download, I clicked "Accept" for downloaded transactions and Quicken said it needed more information for some transactions. On the first "sold" transaction I clicked "accept" on, it came back with "Not enough open shares to cover your request". I did the "recalculate register" step and got same result.
It looks like the placeholder removed my 1843.575 shares in the particular security (to zero) then added back 1095.758 shares in another placeholder. My next quarter brokerage statement had a sell for this security of 1318.532 shares -- probably giving rise to the "not enough open shares" message.
So it seems I can't proceed without resolving the placeholders. And WHY are the placeholders being introduced anyway?
I saw some explanation about during the download Quicken checks current holdings (1108.33) and compares to cumulative transaction shares -- then introduces placeholders if unequal (?). Brokerage activity preceding the sale had not reduced the shares in that security.
So Quicken seems to be complicating things here. If, in the entry of old history, Quicken is going to constantly compare to current holdings, I'm battling constantly against its placeholders.
What can I do? Can I safely delete all placeholders while I'm building my history? Can the check against current holdings be turned off until after all my transactions are entered?
This is a long tedious process at best and for Quicken to be tossing in activity that has to be evaluated is a real nuisance!