Entering Dividends, Capital Gains and Return of Capital Transactions
Companies return money to shareholders in a number of ways. The most common way of redistributing money to shareholders is via dividends. However, capital gains payments (typically from mutual funds) or return of capital payments are also possible distribution methods.
Maintaining complete and accurate distribution transactions in your StockMarketEye portfolio is important for accurate performance reporting. You can read more about the uses of your portfolio’s transactions in the section, Transaction Accuracy and Completeness.
You can enter these distribution transactions in StockMarketEye by following the instructions below.
|NOTE: If your StockMarketEye portfolio was imported from a brokerage, you most likely do not need to manually enter distribution transactions, as they will be included in your portfolio when retrieving your portfolio’s latest transactions via the “Update from brokerage...” feature.|
1. Open the StockMarketEye portfolio where the distribution occurred.
2. Select the stock/fund/ETF that is declaring the dividend, capital gain or RoC distribution. If you have more than one lot of the holding declaring the distribution, you should select the main, aggregate lot of the holding, rather than one of the individual sub-lots. Then click on the "Distribution" button on the portfolio's toolbar. This will open the "Distribution Declaration" window.
3. In the “Distribution Declaration” window, set the Type field to the type of distribution you want to enter. This can be one of:
- Dividend - Cash dividend distribution
- Reinvested Dividend - Dividend amount reinvested in shares of the declaring stock
- Capital Gain - Cash capital gain distribution
- Reinvested Capital Gain - Capital gain amount reinvested in shares of the declaring stock/fund
- Return of Capital - Cash return of capital (RoC) distribution
- Reinvested Return of Capital - RoC amount reinvested in shares of the declaring stock; StockMarketEye will record 2 transactions: an RoC transaction and a Buy transaction
- Interest - Interest paid by this holding; Note: interest paid by the portfolio, such as interest on your cash balance, should be recorded using a cash transaction.
- Reinvested Interest - Interest paid by this holding and used to purchase more shares of the holding
- Interest Out - Interest charged by this holding, such as for margin
4. For cash dividends and other cash distributions, the following fields should be filled in:
- Amount per Share - The amount of the distribution per share. Dividends are typically declared on a per-share basis. The total amount of the dividend payment is the Amount per Share times the number of shares you own. You can select from the dividends known to StockMarketEye by clicking in this field and selecting the dividend from the dropdown. StockMarketEye will use the date from the selected dividend to change the Date field.
NOTE: You can also enter the Amount per Share yourself, rather than picking from the dropdown list. To do this, just type the number into the Amount per Share field and press Return.
- Share Balance - The number of shares owned at the time of the distribution. This field is typically filled in by StockMarketEye when you open the “Distribution Declaration” window with a stock selected.
NOTE: You can leave the Amount per Share field blank and only fill in the Distribution Total field. StockMarketEye will then automatically calculate the Amount per Share field for you.
- Distribution Total - The total amount of the distribution. This will typically be Amount per Share times Share Balance and will be automatically calculated for you if you have filled in these other 2 fields.
If you have selected one of the reinvested Types, an additional section, “Reinvestment Details”, will be shown. In this section, you should fill in the details of the reinvestment.
- Shares Received - The number of shares received from the reinvestment.
- Price per Share - The price paid per share for the reinvested shares. Shares Received times Price per Share should be equal to the Distribution Total.
- Commissions - Any fees or commissions paid due to the reinvestment. You can typically leave this field empty or filled in with 0 as reinvestments are usually free.
The easiest way to enter the reinvestment details is to click on the “Get Price” button next to the Price per Share field. This will retrieve the closing price of the security on the selected Date and fill the Price per Share field with that value. It will then also automatically compute the Shares Received from the Price per Share and Distribution Total fields.
However, you can also fill in the “Reinvestment Details” with the specific numbers received from your brokerage.
Click on the “Add” button to record the distribution transaction. If this is a reinvested Type, a new sub-lot will be added to your holding in the Prices view.