Offer Stock Ticker Symbols in brokerage account registers....and more.... (5 Merged Votes)

PutterFlutters Member ✭✭✭
edited February 2021 in Investments (Windows)
QW Premier and probably most other versions/platforms.....

When working with incoming dividends (and probably other places too) it would sure help if the Ticker Symbol as well as the Name were available/shown in the account registers (and again, probably other places too).

for instance


can be almost indistinguishable if the column in the register shows only the first few characters of a Name.


are much easier to recognize.

There is a similar problem in the Bills area when trying to manage dividends.  The long official name are there but not ticker symbols.

Bottom line:  
I would like to suggest that when possible; display (either/both) the names & ticker symbols for securities. 

Just a thought.

P.S. In most cases I can think of,  if I could only have one or the other... Ticker Symbols would wind hands down.
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  • mshiggins
    mshiggins SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    While you are waiting for this to be implemented, have you considered adding the symbol to the security name?

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  • PutterFlutters
    PutterFlutters Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 2018
    Sounds like a neat little work-around.
    I'll make a working copy of my data file and give it a try.
    Thank you very much.  :-)

    Might you know of any other discussion/reading along these lines?

    Any time I find something like that I worry that there might be some unexpected side effects.

    Wonder if the key field in a security's record is either the Ticker Symbol or the Name.  Hopefully/maybe it's a system generated key that only the coders see.  Otherwise changing might be "Challenging".  

  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    The key field for quotes is the ticker.

    The key field for matching to downloaded transactions and balances is the CUSIP. If the downloaded CUSIP doesn't match one of your securities, you get a Match confirmation dialog that suggests a match by comparing your names to the downloaded name.
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  • PutterFlutters
    PutterFlutters Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 2018
    AH SO... CUSIP... that would seem to be the most reasonable key.

    I had noticed that CUSIP appeared in the Security Name for Domestic Bonds and as the Symbol for those bonds.

    I'm a thinking that even though system generated symbol for Domestic Bonds might duplicate the record's Key field in the Symbol field changing the Symbol would have no impact on the key field which would still be the CUSIP....RIGHT?

    I doubt it... but is the KEY FIELD (CUSIP) easily viewable?  Think'n it would be a REALLY dangerous field to edit.

    Thanks :-)
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    In QWin 2018, you can see the CUSIP field by going to Tools > Security list  or in the Security Detail view > Edit Security Details > Other Info. 

    You are not allowed to edit the CUSIP ID, but you can clear it in Edit Security Details by un-checking Matched with online Security. That will force Quicken to go through the matching dialog and resetting it the next time you download from your brokerage.

    When matching, make sure you pick the correct security, since similarly named but different securities (different share classes of a mutual fund for example) must be kept separate.
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  • PutterFlutters
    PutterFlutters Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 2018
    Thank you.  
    I have a new toy I can play with on a rainy afternoon.

    Naturally when I picked my first random CUSIP to play with it was a Call Option and that wasn't a good place to start.

    BUT... I can now add another $0.02 worth into my general fund of knowledge.
    Thanks again.
  • Jeff Kantner
    Jeff Kantner Member ✭✭
    edited August 2019
    The Holdings tab (button) in an investment/IRA/401k account gives a nice, quick view of holdings in the account, including the security names - but not symbols.  Why not display the symbol, as well?  Or offer an option to do so (configurable at the account level)?  Doesn't seem like this would be a major thing to add.
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sounds like a good idea.
    Making changes to the Holdings view available in each investment account has been requested for years, without success so far.
    Until such time as the Holdings view is updated to be customizable (change column width, add / delete columns and save customization between sessions) I recommend you customize a Portfolio view to suit you needs. Using "Group by: Accounts" will give you a Holdings view - like display. There's an option to show the ticker symbol instead of the security name. There also is an option to add the column "TIcker Symbol" to the view.
    I vote for the Holdings view to be made customizable.

    If you would like to see this enhancement made in a future version of Quicken please click the "Up" triangle under the voting count in the big blue box at the top of this webpage (or page 1 for long discussions). Wait a moment for the vote count to be registered and updated before you go on.

  • Saratogan
    Saratogan Member ✭✭
    It would be so useful to have the transactions List on investment accounts display the ticket symbol.  Please allow this and/or make the transactions list configurable.
  • shneal3
    shneal3 Member ✭✭
    It would be an improvement if the Holdings screen in each investment account displayed the security symbol in addition to the security name. Currently, only the name is displayed. The addition of the security symbol would make the Holdings screen much more useful.
  • Quicken_Tyka
    Quicken_Tyka Alumni ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2020
    Hello @shneal3

    Thank you for taking the time to visit the Community to post your question, although I apologize that this feature isn't currently offered.

    I have moved your post to the ongoing Idea thread to add the symbol to the security name on various screens.

    Be sure to navigate to the top of this post and click the up arrow to add your vote!

    Ideas are reviewed by our development team to see what people would like to be available in the future.

    Thank you,

    -Quicken Tyka

  • T Gondesen
    T Gondesen Member ✭✭
    Fidelity account screens show and sort by the CUSIP or TICKER symbol. It would be good to add that column to financial reports, rather than having to rename the security to show the symbol.
  • kendsills
    kendsills Member
    edited December 2020
    Add Stock Symbol Column to Holdings Window

    I have Quicken Windows subscription service. I manage my investments by stock trading symbols, not stock full names. I'd like the Holdings window to have a column that identifies investments by symbol, and then be able to sort by that column field. Quicken already has stock symbol data. Is it possible to view Holdings by stock symbol? Thanks,
  • Sherlock
    Sherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    We cannot add the ticker symbol to the Holdings view on the Account Overview window but we may add the Ticker Symbol column to any Portfolio view and sort the view by the column: press Ctrl + U and select Customize

  • spmazurek
    spmazurek Member ✭✭
    >> "We cannot add the ticker symbol to the Holdings view on the Account Overview window but we may add the Ticker Symbol column to any Portfolio view and sort the view by the column: press Ctrl + U and select Customize" <<

    That's all well and good, but it doesn't solve the problem of reconciling account holdings with investor statements. Because investment names now border on being paragraphs, and for the ease of the user, there should be an option on all displays of investment names to also display the appropriate ticker symbol.

    There are a few workarounds, but adding this enhancement is still the best solution.

    This idea seems to have been on the enhancement list for a while. Any chance of getting it bumped to the next level?
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    The security name displayed in Quicken does not need to be the same as the broker's name, so you can use a shorter version of the name if you want.

    Or you can add the ticker to the beginning of the security name.
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  • klausdimmler
    klausdimmler Member ✭✭
    When syncing to my Schwab account, Quicken routinely enters the wrong mutual fund into the transaction log. This forces me to reconcile the Quicken transaction with my history on a regular basis. Without having the ticker symbol available in the Quicken transaction page, reconciling is made extremely difficult. Including the ticker symbol in the transaction page is essential. If you cannot add the symbol, then I would suggest an option to use the stock symbol instead of the name.

    I have tried to add the ticker symbol into the stock name, as we suggested in a previous post. This does not work. The next time you sync, it will create a new stock with the original name instead of adding it to the previous allocation of stock.

    This suggests that Quicken is NOT using the stock symbol to manage the sync, which might also explain why Quicken gets some stocks wrong during syncs.

    For example:
    If I purchase of 5 shares of SMDV (Proshares Russell 2000DVD Grwrs ETF) on my account and sync,
    the Quicken transaction entry is 5 shares of TBF (Proshares Short 20+ Treasury).

    I don't think it would be doing that if the ticker symbol were used to manage sync.
  • jomace
    jomace Member
    When I add a new ticker symbol and click "Done," the symbol isn't added and the entry is blank again.
  • halboyd47
    halboyd47 Member

    please add a ticker symbol to Quicken Mac in the register

  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    @halboyd47 This Idea is for Quicken for Windows. You should find or create a similar Idea post for this in the Mac area.

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  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    This has already been implemented for Transaction Lists (registers) in QWin but not for other places the security name appears.

    To enable, click on the gear at the top right of the account then select Security display in register. Set the option to Symbol : Security.

    Or, to display the ticker symbol everywhere, edit your security names so they begin with the symbol, like GE-General Electric.

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  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 4

    @klausdimmler when you say it creates a new stock when you sync, are you referring to downloading transactions or running a One-Step Update, or are you syncing to the Quicken app?

    I have not seen this issue. I do not use the Quicken app and have syncing disabled.

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