Share Balance is not displaying correctly on the Investment Transaction screen

Geo H
Geo H Member ✭✭
I recently upgraded to Mac 6.4.5 and when I entered the Investment Transaction screen I noticed the layout was different. I went to the columns control and noticed many of my usual fields had been unchecked. So I rebuilt the layout and then noticed the "Shares" field was showing the same value as the "Shares In" field. I thought that the Shares field was the current shares balance. When I look at the "Portfolio" view I see the correct current shares balance. Am I mistaken in thinking the "Shares" field is supposed to be the total number of shares not the current transaction's number of shares?

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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
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    In the Portfolio view, Shares shows your total shares held.

    In the Transaction register, Shares shows the total number of shares in a transaction. Positive numbers are shares in, negative numbers are shares out. There is no reason I can think of for having the Shares In/Shares Out fields and the Shares field visible in your register. Shares In/Shares Out are unsigned (always positive) values, while Shares is a single column signed (positive or negative value). This is similar to a checking account, where you can show Payment (money out) and Deposit (money in) columns for unsigned numbers, or a single Amount column for a signed number; you wouldn't show both. 
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  • Geo H
    Geo H Member ✭✭
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    Thank you Jacob. I was coming back to update my issue and saw your reply. It turns out that this is more of a "User" error. When I looked closer I saw I had selected the Brokerage Account not my individual Account, which is listed under Brokerage. On that Transaction screen it had the "Share Balance" field I was use to seeing. I didn't have that field to select on the brokerage screen and that was where my confusion came from. Thanks for taking the time to share you explanation with me.

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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    In the Portfolio view, Shares shows your total shares held.

    In the Transaction register, Shares shows the total number of shares in a transaction. Positive numbers are shares in, negative numbers are shares out. There is no reason I can think of for having the Shares In/Shares Out fields and the Shares field visible in your register. Shares In/Shares Out are unsigned (always positive) values, while Shares is a single column signed (positive or negative value). This is similar to a checking account, where you can show Payment (money out) and Deposit (money in) columns for unsigned numbers, or a single Amount column for a signed number; you wouldn't show both. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Geo H
    Geo H Member ✭✭
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    Thank you Jacob. I was coming back to update my issue and saw your reply. It turns out that this is more of a "User" error. When I looked closer I saw I had selected the Brokerage Account not my individual Account, which is listed under Brokerage. On that Transaction screen it had the "Share Balance" field I was use to seeing. I didn't have that field to select on the brokerage screen and that was where my confusion came from. Thanks for taking the time to share you explanation with me.
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