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Support corporate acquisitions/mergers and divestitures/spin-offs in Quicken (Mac) (4 Merged Votes)

M C CrockettM C Crockett Member ✭✭✭
edited June 29 in Investments (Mac)
The Capital Gains/Losses reported by Quicken (Mac) in its Tax Schedule Report and investment account Portfolio pages are incorrect. This is the result of not supporting the Corporate Acquisition (Merger) and Corporate Divestiture (Spin Off, Split Off) investment transactions that have been present in Quicken (Win) for years.

As an example, Dow and DuPont merged last year to form DowDuPont. As a result of Quicken (Mac) not supporting corporate acquisitions and the OFX Specification not providing a way for a brokerage to report the merger that would preserve existing lots and adjust their cost basis, I have lost all information about my prior holdings. This also changes my holdings from long term to short term.

This year DowDupont spun off new Dow and Corteva businesses and renamed DowDupont to DuPont. Information regarding the 12 lots and their cost basis that I now hold in each of these businesses has disappeared from Quicken due to the lack of support for corporate acquisitions and divestitures.

I know that the absence of support for corporate acquisition and divestiture transactions is not an issue for Quicken users that invest only in mutual funds. However, there are "Old Fogies" like me that still buy and sell individual stocks that need support for these transactions.

I will grant that without support for corporate acquisition and divestiture transactions does accurately report investment account balances. The Tax Schedule Report, however, is totally useless without support for the transactions.

When will support for corporate acquisitions and divestitures be available in Quicken (Mac)?
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  • jzjz Member ✭✭
    edited August 2019
    Well said. I have the same question. Quicken for MAC needs better support for investments; this is a good example.
  • jspjsp Member ✭✭
    Actually, two PIMCO bond funds recently merged, so yes - even Mutual Fund holders have this issue. *Please* quicken, trying to manually manage this by lots to track capital gains is killing me.
  • GabrielleGabrielle Member ✭✭
    Months later....I have the same question. I just got off a chat with support and was told that this was an important feature but no timeline yet when this might be added. When I asked for a workaround I was told 'sorry, can't help you'. Come on this is basic stuff - get this done already!
  • Mike HMike H Member
    Contacted Quicken Support today (11/12/2019) for help with this topic (how to record corporate buyout) and was told that this feature is [still] not available in Mac version (but IS in Windows version). Support could not provide any help with any sort of workaround either...
    I reiterated that this is a pretty basic function and this capability should be incorporated into a future Quicken Mac version. (Support suggested that I submit this feature request via the Quicken Community...)
  • Just called and they still have no information on this. They can't even confirm if it's being looked into. Like others have said, this is basic stuff. Love my Mac but I'm really missing my old Quicken for Windows. I know I could virtualize, but I don't really want to do that for only a single program.
  • ConcordmanConcordman Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 29

    First I would like to say that there has been a substantial improvement in QM over the past few years. It would be nice if the development team could focus on updating the investment module in QM. 

    I bemoan this limitation today as I had to deal with a spin off in one of my Stocks. There was no option to select Spin off under actions so I had to do the manual thing.  

    I downloaded the transaction from the Fi , in my case  WFA, the transaction with the security name change worked but was unable to recapture any cost basis info. What I decided to do in order to maintain the Cost basis for each lot was to update the name of the previous security to the new one. This maintained the cost basis info in the portfolio view but alas all the lots in the register  understandably now show the new security. I made a note under the Account setting showing    the dates of the original lots & the date when the new Stock began trading. 

    This is one of those few instances where a placeholder showing up might have provided an opportunity to enter the lots manually, but not  sure if it would have impacted the original security history in the register.

    Any way that is my short opine for the day.

  • jeremysardjeremysard Member ✭✭
    As of April 2020, "Corporate Acquisition" is still not an option in the transaction list. Is this outright discrimination against Mac users at this point?
  • TLFinGATLFinGA Member
    Agreed. The UTX/RTX/OTIS/CARR spinoff is another recent transaction that a lot of users are going to have to deal with recording.
  • ConcordmanConcordman Member ✭✭✭✭
    Fortunately , in my case I purchased TRX after the spin off so no issues on this security
  • jhealerjhealer Member ✭✭
    As of May 2020, neither "Corporate Acquistion" nor "Mutual Fund Merger" are options in the transaction type list. Is this going to ever be fixed?

    The product should be platform agnostic now, it /is/ 2020 you know.
  • SnowhoundSnowhound Member
    It's now been a year since we asked for this feature to be added.....crickets. This feature has been part of Windows for (dare I say) decades! As jhealer said, "the product should be platoform agnostic now," and I couldn't agree more.
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Snowhound  Unfortunately there are probably several hundred (maybe more) feature requests/enhancements that differentiate Quicken Mac from Quicken Windows. Some have been on the wishlist for nearly six years now since modern Quicken Mac debuted; many have been crossed off as the developers make progress. There's no way for anyone to snap their fingers and just add all these capabilities; they took many years to develop on the Windows platform, and although that creates a map of sorts, it doesn't make the work go much faster. It will still be quite a while until all the features people have asked for will be added.
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Chris_QPWChris_QPW Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 26
    Snowhound said:
    "the product should be platform agnostic now," and I couldn't agree more.
    That was never a design goal for Quicken Mac.

    "Feature parity" is, but certainly Quicken Mac was designed to run on a Mac and only a Mac.
    And it is impossible to run Quicken Windows on a Mac because the old third party software it uses for its database and such isn't available on the Mac.

    And if the original design goal was to create an "Quicken to replace them all", that would be even farther back in getting new features because it is harder to make an application that runs on multiple platforms.
    (I'm using the latest Quicken subscription version)
  • jzjz Member ✭✭
    I thought it would help if I describe more precisely what I am looking for. As M C Crockett said, I would like Quicken for Mac to handle Corporate Acquisition (Merger) and Corporate Divestiture (Spin Off, Split Off) better than it does now. I can handle these events manually with Quicken today, but it very involved and error prone, especially if multiple lots are involved. I'd like Quicken for Mac to help.

    Currently, I use "Add Shares" and "Remove Shares" to handle these types of events. For all of these events, I first use a single transaction to remove all my holdings in the original investment.
    - if there is only a single new investment remaining: I add shares of the new investment to preserve my cost basis: I specify the date acquired and cost of the original investment but with the corresponding number of shares in the new investment. I add shares separately for each lot of the original investment.
    - if the the event ends with are are multiple investments outstanding: I add shares of the new and/or old investments to preserve my cost basis. I allocate the original cost basis proportionally to each of the remaining investments. I add shares for each original lot for each investment outstanding: I specify specify the date acquired, the proportion of the original cost, and the corresponding number of outstanding investment shares. This even works for spin offs: you add back the original investment but with a reduced cost basis; the remainder of the cost basis goes to the spin off investments..

    This approach is a nightmare if you use dollar cost averaging, employee stock purchase plan, dividend reinvestment, or you rebalance your portfolio regularly. You can easily end up with dozens of lots of the same investment. Quicken provides absolutely no help allocating the cost basis or number of shares to a particular transaction. I see mergers and spinoffs in my investments a couple times a year and they take an inordinate amount of my time to handle. Please give me some help here.

    There is some precedent: Quicken for Mac already handles multiple lots when transferring an investment from one account to another. A similar approach would be great for mergers/spinoffs. The user could enter the before and after investments and the corresponding share ratios, quicken would handle the different lots and the allocations.

    I pay yearly for Quicken Premier for Mac. Investment tracking and analysis is a key feature to me (there are plenty of other packages out there that will handle banking). I much prefer Quicken for Mac over Quicken for Windows; its far easier to use. It's sad that Quicken for Windows can handle this type of transaction but Quicken for Mac cannot. This lack is one of the reasons I cannot whole heartedly recommend quicken for Mac to other investors.
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    @jz  That all makes good sense to me, and I wish I could tell you the developers will get to it in time, but it's hard to know whether they're even aware of the issue. Topics like this, which get a fairly low number of votes on this forum -- and this platform generates far less user voting than previous forum platforms Quicken has used in the past -- seem unlikely to achieve the critical mass to be passed on to be read by members of the development team. I hope I'm wrong about that. ;)
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
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