The Gain/Loss Report
The Gain/Loss Report is a record of how well your trades have performed. Each “buy” transaction is matched with the corresponding “sell” transaction and the gain or loss on that trade shown in the report.
To access the Gain/Loss Report, click on the “Reports” button in the toolbar and select the “Gain/Loss” Report type.
Filtering Your Trades
You can filter which trades are visible in the report by using the filtering tools to the right of the Report type selector.
- Date Range - Allows you to limit the visible trades to those that occurred within a specific time period. A trade occurred during the period if the trade's closing date ("Close Date" column) occurred within the selected date range.
- There are a number of predefined date ranges (such as "2019", "2018", "Year-to-Date", "Last 30 Days", etc.
- You can also specify a custom date range.
- Symbols - Allows you to show only the trades for certain, specific ticker symbols. You can select more than one ticker symbol.
Under the "More" button are several other filtering options and features:
- Group by Symbol - When this option is selected, all trades for a specific symbol will be grouped and summed together in one line. A grouped line will have a small arrow to the left of the ticker symbol. You can click the arrow to expand this line to view the individual trades.
- Show Open Positions - Allows you to include open positions (i.e. current holdings from the Prices view) in the report. The open positions will only be visible if the date range includes the current date.
- Exclude Results from Shares Out - Checking this option will remove any items in the report that are a result of "Shares Out" transactions. "Shares Out" transactions represent transfers out of a portfolio and typically do not represent an actual gain/loss event.
- Use Average Cost Basis - The cost basis used to compute the Gain/Loss will be done using the ACB method. You can read more about the ACB method and other cost basis calculations.
Other Report Actions
There are also 2 actions for the report:
- Export to CSV... - This action will export a CSV file containing the current report. A CSV file can be opened in Excel, Numbers, LibreOffice Calc or other spreadsheet application.
- Save as PDF... - This action will generate a PDF file containing the current report. PDF files are useful for archiving or printing a physical copy.
- The gain/loss amounts do not take dividends into account. Please use the Total Return report if you would like to see the total returns from a purchase.
- The gain/loss amounts take into account Return of Capital (RoC) transactions that were recorded for the holding, just like the "Gain" and "Gain%" columns in the Prices view.
Notes on Trade Matching
The report matches buys with sells to create a gain/loss item. It does this either using the FIFO method (First In First Out) or by specific lots. Which method is used is determined by the sell transaction. If it is a simple "Sell", it is a FIFO sell and StockMarketEye will match the sell with the oldest purchase. If it is a "Sell Lot", you have already selected the specific purchase that matches to this sell.
For individual portfolios, the Gain/Loss report will only match buys and sells from those that occurred within that portfolio.
In a Portfolio Group, however, there are 2 options for matching buys and sells - Combined Portfolio matching and Matching Portfolio matching. The default method, Combined Portfolio, means that a simple FIFO Sell transaction may match a purchase from any of the sub-portfolios of the Group. That is, a "Sell" from one portfolio may match a purchase from a different portfolio.
The Matching Portfolio strategy means that a FIFO Sell transaction will only match to a Buy from the Portfolio in which the Sell transaction occurred. No cross-portfolio matching will take place.
For both strategies, specific lot Sell transactions will always match to the specific, designated lot.