Investment expense shows as a gain

Unknown Member
edited November 2018 in Investing (Windows)
Investment performance report shows expenses as gains. IE in a mutual fund with a monthly fee the fee is entered as an Investment Expense. When I run an Investment Performance report that fee shows as a gain. If I click on that line a windows pops up which shows the entry as "Investment Exp." If I change it to "_Investment Exp" it dosen't make any difference.

Is it me or Quicken???



  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2018

    Can you show us excerpts from your Category List, showing the definitions for both of the categories you mentioned?

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  • Sherlock
    Sherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    The Investment Performance report should show expenses as Returns - not gains.
  • Unknown
    Unknown Member
    edited May 2018
    Thanks. I'll work on the screen captures shortly. But meantime, since I'm not an accountant, how do expenses become returns? And yes, those fees do show in the returns column.
  • Unknown
    Unknown Member
    edited May 2018
    Screen capture:
    Even though the 2 $25.00 entries are entered as Investment expense they show as an increase. Note: Where the "Action"  shows as Cash it's entered as a Withdrawal.
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    I agree "return" can be a confusing term.

    For the IRR calculation that the Investing Performance report performs, a fee that is deducted from the account is treated the same as a withdrawal. It is included in the returns but it reduces the ending market value.
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  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    One way to think about this is that the Investment Performance report is trying to show the performance of the underlying securities, taking into account the timing of any purchases or sales.

    It does not distinguish between "good" withdrawals, i.e. ones that benefit you and "bad" withdrawals, ones that benefit the financial institution.

    Likewise, it does not produce a higher Avg annual return if you made a deposit or had a fee refunded during the period.

    If you have been lucky or smart enough to buy low and sell high, that will be reflected in a higher Average annual return.
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  • Unknown
    Unknown Member
    edited May 2018
    Thanks! I see what you're saying. Let me look into it. I appreciate your quick comments.
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