Currency converter uses a single rate all year. How does that work for monthly entries yearend?

How do you account for currency rate fluctuations? I have the same foreign pension income every month, pay the same amount of foreign taxes monthly and pay the same monthly bank charges. My yearend foreign statements do not reflect Quicken balances. I use the currency converter for all entries euros to dollars.
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  • Erwin2
    Erwin2 Member
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    Here's the problem:
    "Note
    Downloaded currency exchange rates is a feature available in Quicken Premier, Home & Business, and Rental Property only."
    Thanks all for trying.

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  • Sherlock
    Sherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 23
    I suggest you maintain the foreign accounts in the foreign currency.  The currency exchange rate does vary.  If you haven't already, you may want to review the product documentation on the subject:  press F1



  • Chris_QPW
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    Unfortunately this is a limitation of the currency support in Quicken Windows.  There is no way for reports like net worth overtime to be correct since it's always using the current currency conversion.

    The Canadian version does maintain a currency conversion history so it does have the possibility of doing this right.  But even there I think when I was doing a beta test on it they weren't even using the history for the net worth overtime report.
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  • Chris_QPW
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    I might add how the conversion like for instance a transfer from one account in one currency to another account works.

    The conversion at that time insures that you have the right number in any given account.

    But since currencies constantly change in relationship to each other whenever you're going to report about one currency in another currency you always have to do the conversion that applies to that time frame whether that's the current currency exchange rate or the exchange rate on the day that that transaction happened.

    Without a currency exchange history that's impossible.

    Interesting enough Quicken Mac which has even less support for currencies handles is a different way.  It doesn't combine any of the currencies they're all reported separately.
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  • Erwin2
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    Thanks for trying to address this question. I did read the help to download currency rates. It reads that it is possible maually through the currency list tool or automatically with OneStep update. Can't find an option to update in the Currency list tool or how to add this to OneStep update. Just today the Euro exchange rate is listed online as .82 and Quicken still lists as .92.
  • Chris_QPW
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    OK I thought you had some of this setup, and guess not,  so @Sherlock 's answer is closer to what you need.

    First off you have to have multiple currency support on.
    Edit -> Preferences -> Calendar and currency -> Multiple currency support.

    Second as @Sherlock said you will need another account for maintaining your foreign securities/currencies.  In Quicken you can only have one currency per account which you choose when you create the account.  The same goes for creating a security, the currency has to be picked when you create the security.

    Once multiple currency is turned on you should see the option to update them in the One Step Update settings.  To get to those type Ctrl+1 -> put in password -> select Settings...


    As for the list Ctrl+Q or Tools -> Currency List
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  • Erwin2
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    I do have multiple currency support on. Still don't see anything in OneStep Update settings that
    would allow for currency rate updates. There are two sections under settings "Download transactions
    and balances" and "Online Services". I would expect that an option for currency updates would
    show up under Online Services but the only choices there are for which securities you want updated and bills. The option shown in your screen capture doesn't show up.
  • Erwin2
    Erwin2 Member
    Tried adding a test account in Euros to see if this would trigger the option in
    OneStep Update but it didn't.
  • Sherlock
    Sherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Erwin2 said:
    I do have multiple currency support on. Still don't see anything in OneStep Update settings that
    would allow for currency rate updates. There are two sections under settings "Download transactions
    and balances" and "Online Services". I would expect that an option for currency updates would
    show up under Online Services but the only choices there are for which securities you want updated and bills. The option shown in your screen capture doesn't show up.
    Please provide the version of Quicken being used: select Help > About Quicken

    Checking the Multicurrency support preference should be all that is necessary to have the Get currency exchange rates option appear in the One Step Update Settings window






  • Erwin2
    Erwin2 Member
    I'm using Quicken Delux 2020 R31.12
  • Quicken_Tyka
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    Hello @Erwin2

    Thank you for the response and the additional details. May I ask that you navigate to Tools > Currency List. That will bring up the screen below.



    Do you see an option to "Update" in the bottom right-hand corner? I want to see if connecting this way will bring up the prompt in the One Step Update window.

    Please let us know what you find!

    -Quicken Tyka
    ~~~***~~~
  • Erwin2
    Erwin2 Member
    Doon't know if my attempt to do apartial screen capture worked but if it did you can see I don't have that "update"option in the currency converter windo. Starting to look like I have some kind of lemon version of Quicken.
  • Erwin2
    Erwin2 Member
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    Here's the problem:
    "Note
    Downloaded currency exchange rates is a feature available in Quicken Premier, Home & Business, and Rental Property only."
    Thanks all for trying.
  • Erwin2
    Erwin2 Member
    We're not all created equal. :(
  • Chris_QPW
    Chris_QPW Member ✭✭✭✭
    Erwin2 said:
    Here's the problem:
    "Note
    Downloaded currency exchange rates is a feature available in Quicken Premier, Home & Business, and Rental Property only."
    Thanks all for trying.
    Wow, that is something I never knew.
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