Cost basis for security, not showing, how to correct.

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edited November 2018 in Investing (Windows)
I have securities where the Cost Basis does not show, there are NO placeholder entries for them AND there is a transaction in the register for when they were BOUGHT with the cost and that shows money was taken out of the account to cover their cost. The security names are unchanged and are as shown on the Brokerage account I download info from. HOWEVER, the Brokerage changed my account numbers, so there are deletions of shares (shares REMOVED) from the old account and then addition of shares (SHARES ADDED) in the new account. This appears to have lost the COST BASIS connection. IRA account lost the Cost Basis, non-IRA account maintained the Cost Basis.
How do I edit/correct cost basis for  these securities?


  • q_lurker
    q_lurker SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2018
    One step at a time.  If your brokerage changed an account number, you generally have two option in Quicken:

    1) You can disable your current account in Quicken from online access and then reconnect it to the new account.  This may generate redundant or unnecessary transactions on the first download into that account, but cost basis info and history are most cleanly kept.  

    2) You can create a new account in Quicken to be matched to the new account at the brokerage.  In taking that route, you should create the account in Quicken and use the Shares Transferred between Account macrotransaction to move holdings from the prior Quicken account to the new Quicken account.  After that is done, then you can cleanly associate that account to the brokerage account.  In that approach, your prior history of buys, sells, dividends, etc. remain in the original account, but the cost basis of the current holdings, lot by lot, gets transferred to the new account.

    I suspect your downloaded transactions for the new account in Quicken uses one Add Shares transaction per security.  I would try the following based on what I think is in your account now (and assuming you want the new-account solution):

    a)  Backup your data file so that you have a solid recovery point.
    b)  If your old Quicken account has a series of "Remove Shares" at the end, delete those transactions so that the account currently ends will all the holdings that should have been moved to the new account.  
    c)  In the new account, delete all the Add Shares transactions that came from the brokerage download.
    d)  From the old account, use the Shares Transferred transaction to move all shares of all securities to the new account.
    Review the results.

    If any "cash" transferred, that needs to be a separate process (not covered by Shares Transferred) but is likely OK from the the downloading process.  
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    What version of quicken are you using? For versions prior to 2018, there was a problem with handling of cost basis for Adds.
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  • q_lurker
    q_lurker SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2017

    What version of quicken are you using? For versions prior to 2018, there was a problem with handling of cost basis for Adds.

    FWIW:  I have seen very limited issues with Add Shares transactions and cost basis.  They do exist and the question is valid, but I do not usually see an issue develop.    
  • TA2
    TA2 Member ✭✭
    I have the same problem of downloaded transactions from all securities in one brokerage "removed" and in new brokerage account, "added" and no cost basis now in the new accounts. So am I correct in that there is no way for us to "edit" (in this case add) a cost basis on a security in Quicken?
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2019
    That's right, there is no direct way to edit the cost basis for a holding.

    However if your holdings are entirely from Added transactions, you can set the cost basis and acquisition dates by editing those transactions.

    To properly transfer the cost basis of securities moved from one account to another, you should follow the procedure described above by @q_lurker. This will transfer all the tax lots of the securities in the old account to the new one.
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