Entering Buys and Sells

StockMarketEye portfolios are managed just like a standard brokerage account. To add items to your portfolio, you buy shares. To remove items, you sell shares. StockMarketEye can handle long and short positions, as well as the transfer of shares in and out.

Build and manage your StockMarketEye portfolios so that you always have up-to-date information with which to make your investment decisions.

Note that StockMarketEye can handle long and short positions. See the section, Entering and Closing Short Sales, for more details on short sales.

Adding an Asset (Buy)

Your portfolios can contain long or short investments in stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, options and other asset classes.

When you would like to add a position to your portfolio, simply click on the “Buy" button on the Portfolio toolbar.

The 'Purchase Details' Screen

When you click on the "Buy" button on the toolbar, the "Purchase Details” screen will appear. Use this screen to enter the details of your purchase.

This screen allows you to specify the details of the asset you are adding to your Portfolio.

In the "Ticker Symbol" field, enter the ticker symbol for the security you are adding. If you don’t know the exact ticker symbol, start typing the name of the security into the field and choose the appropriate ticker symbol from the dropdown list. More information on finding ticker symbols can be found in the section, Finding Ticker Symbols.

Once you have the ticker symbol, fill in the other fields of the dialog with values corresponding to your investment.

  • Shares
  • Price
  • Commissions
  • Fees
  • Net Total

On the left-hand side of the screen, fill-in or adjust these fields:

  • Date
  • Type
  • Update the Cash Balance

Note that for “Shares In” transactions, the cash balance of your portfolio is never affected, no matter which setting you select. However, for proper performance calculations, you should check the box, even if your portfolio does not have a cash balance, unless the “Shares In” transaction that you are recording is part of a spin-off. See the section on recording corporate actions for details on recording spin-offs.

  • Currency
  • Rate
  • Comments

Once you have filled in appropriate values for all of the fields, click on the "Add" button to add the asset to your portfolio. Your portfolio will then look something like this:

Modifying an Existing Asset

To modify the details of an asset already in your portfolio, you can:

  1. Select the item to modify and then click on the "Details" button on the portfolio's toolbar. This will open the "Purchase Details" screen where you can make adjustments to the values previously entered.
  2. You can also modify some of the details of your holding “in-line”. First select the item in your portfolio, then click in the Shares or Buy Price cell of this line. You can then edit the value. Press ‘Return’ for your changes to take effect or ‘Esc’ to cancel.
    1. See this section for more details: Editing Values In-Line
    2. You might also be interested in: Overriding the Last Price
  3. If neither of the above methods allow you to change the details sufficiently, you can also delete the item from your portfolio and add it again. To do this, select the item to delete and then right-click (CTRL-click on Mac) and then choose "Delete from Portfolio..." in the popup menu. 
    1. See this section for more details: Delete a Transaction or Holding

Removing an Asset (Sell)

You can sell, cover a short position or transfer shares out of your portfolio by selecting the item and clicking on the "Sell" button in the toolbar.

This will open the "Sale Details" screen where you can specify the details of the transaction. When you have finished entering the information, click the “Add” button and the asset will be removed from your portfolio and a transaction will be added in the Transactions report. If you have checked the box to Update the Cash balance, the proceeds (less transaction costs) will be added to your Cash balance.

FIFO vs Specific Lot Sales

You can enter either a FIFO (First In First Out) sale, or a specific lot sale. FIFO sales are specified with the Type, "Sell". Specific lot sales use the Type, "Sell Lot".

If you select a single lot item in the Prices view, then click on the Sell button on the toolbar, the Type "Sell Lot" will be automatically selected for you.

When selling a specific lot, you can choose which specific lot you want to sell by clicking on the "Select Lots to Sell" link in the top-right corner of the screen.

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