Linking Vanguard Federal Money Account to Cash

Vanguard Brokerage holds cash in a Federal Money Market or Sweep account. When I buy stocks Quicken shows the negative purchase price under Cost Basis and Market Value and the Federal Money Market remains unchanged.

My question is, how to link the Money Market account to my buys and sells. Transactions should be booked there. Thank you in advance.

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  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2019
    Be patient. When you buy a security, the cash balance will go negative for 3(?) trading days then when the purchase settles, Vanguard will download a Sold on the money market fund bringing the cash balance back to zero.

    The opposite happens when you sell.

    This delay does not apply to dividends or to purchases and sales of Vanguard mutual funds, 
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  • Hartmut
    Hartmut Member ✭✭
    Thanks, Jim.
    The federal money account shows at the time in Quicken still the same amount as before the purchase but the bought stock is already in Quicken shown with its asset value (balanced with the negative CASH).
    At the brokerage is the bought stock value deducted from the federal money account. Will Quicken book a correct transaction from that account also after settlement?
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    When the purchase settles, usually after a delay of 3 trading days, you should see a downloaded transaction that sells the money market fund with the proceeds going to the account's cash balance, bringing the balance to zero.
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  • NotACPA
    NotACPA SuperUser, Windows Beta Beta
    In my Fidelity brokerage account, I don't bother with the mutual fund or sweep account that the money is actually in ... and I just carry it in the account as CASH.
    Makes things MUCH simpler.
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    Now running Quicken Windows Subscription, Home & Business
    Retired "Certified Information Systems Auditor" & Bank Audit VP
  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    @NotACPA ignoring the money market fund means you have to delete or not accept all of Fidelity's downloaded Buy and Sell transactions on that fund and convert the MMF's ReinvDiv transactions to Divs, right? Do you also get a mismatch if you attempt to reconcile shares?
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  • Hartmut
    Hartmut Member ✭✭
    I agree with Jim, all my security dividend goes into the brokerage federal money account, don't want to mess with that transactions.
    My thinking was if it was possible to point Quicken Cash to that brokerage money account or with other words, if there is a way to make the brokerage federal money account in Quicken to the Cash account.
  • NotACPA
    NotACPA SuperUser, Windows Beta Beta
    I don't download for that MMF.  So I don't have to delete anything. It just all comes in as cash.
    Q user since DOS version 5
    Now running Quicken Windows Subscription, Home & Business
    Retired "Certified Information Systems Auditor" & Bank Audit VP
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