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Investment categories not showing up in drop-down menu

I have uncategorized transactions from investment brokerage download that belong in investment categories such as 'Sell Bond'. None of the Investment categories show up on the drop down menu. How to I assign transactions to investment categories?

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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    I think I understand the problem. In an investment register, there are two types of transactions co-mingled: those which have Types which are investment activities (as shown in the picture above), and those which have a Type=Payment/Deposit, which are like transactions in banking accounts. Only Payment/Deposit transactions can have categories or transfers. A Sell Bond transaction cannot have a category. (Try creating a new transaction, select Type=Sell Bond, and you'll see a Category cannot be entered.) And conversely, a deposit or payment cannot have an investment activity as a manually applied category. (A deposit transaction has no way to capture how many shares of the security were bought or sold.)

    So this comes down to what was downloaded by your brokerage: whether they coded the transactions correctly or not. If you actually sold bonds, they could/should have sent such a transaction, which would reduce your bond holdings and create cash. I can't tell which columns I'm seeing in your screenshot, but it appears that they are showing only deposits of money. These are not Sell Bond transactions, which would reference the security being sold and the number of shares. Does the "Journal From 31xxxxxx" description refer to a different account the money is coming from at your brokerage? Is that an account you separately track in Quicken? 

    So to recap: an investment activity like Buy or Sell is a specific type of transaction that does not have a category and uses or creates cash in your account which can be invested in other securities or transferred to other accounts. It looks like you are missing those transactions in your account, perhaps because your brokerage is reporting them as just cash deposits. Perhaps if you mention the brokerage, others here might be able to shed more light on this.


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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Just to make sure we're talking about the same thing, in your investment brokerage account, if you create a new transaction, when you click and pull down the Type field, does your pull-down menu not look like this:



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  • Gorbach
    Gorbach Member
    Not quite. These are transactions that were received electronically from my brokerage and given the default category of "Uncategorized". I want to change the category to one of the investment categories (e.g. "Sell Bond"), but the entire investment heading seems to missing from the drop down menu.
  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    I think I understand the problem. In an investment register, there are two types of transactions co-mingled: those which have Types which are investment activities (as shown in the picture above), and those which have a Type=Payment/Deposit, which are like transactions in banking accounts. Only Payment/Deposit transactions can have categories or transfers. A Sell Bond transaction cannot have a category. (Try creating a new transaction, select Type=Sell Bond, and you'll see a Category cannot be entered.) And conversely, a deposit or payment cannot have an investment activity as a manually applied category. (A deposit transaction has no way to capture how many shares of the security were bought or sold.)

    So this comes down to what was downloaded by your brokerage: whether they coded the transactions correctly or not. If you actually sold bonds, they could/should have sent such a transaction, which would reduce your bond holdings and create cash. I can't tell which columns I'm seeing in your screenshot, but it appears that they are showing only deposits of money. These are not Sell Bond transactions, which would reference the security being sold and the number of shares. Does the "Journal From 31xxxxxx" description refer to a different account the money is coming from at your brokerage? Is that an account you separately track in Quicken? 

    So to recap: an investment activity like Buy or Sell is a specific type of transaction that does not have a category and uses or creates cash in your account which can be invested in other securities or transferred to other accounts. It looks like you are missing those transactions in your account, perhaps because your brokerage is reporting them as just cash deposits. Perhaps if you mention the brokerage, others here might be able to shed more light on this.


    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
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