Good you realize that.
I also use Quicken because, _for me , its basically the best available
at what it does, despite the aggravation of dealing with Intuit.
I don't like a lot of Apple or Microsoft business practices either.
Compromise, in some manner, has always been the key to living in this world.
Just ask your wife ... ;)
Not taken harshly at all Bill. And I was only saying that for me
holding a grudge does me no good and can cause me to miss opportunities.
From a fair decision making stand point you have to leave emotion out
of the equation and rely on the facts as they currently are at the
moment you make the decision. That works for me but certainly is not a
way everyone feels comfortable with.
I have no harsh words for you. There sort of a "prisoner's dilemma"
aspect to some of these things. But anyway, here is an article to which
a link was posted at Amazon.com:
I'm not sure what it says except that they try to "buy the rules" with
I've used http://www.gnucash.org/ in the past, and it seems to be
pretty good. I don't use it any more because I don't need to keep
track of transactions that way for anything other than curiosity and
I've better things to do with my time (like go hiking at yosemite,
2.5 hours away; or this time of year at pinnacles, 30 mins away :-)
To import your quicken data:
import xactions from bank:
If you no longer use this program, do you use another program to keep up
with your bank accounts, etc?
IMHO Accounting software is a big time saver over not using anything at
all. How do you keep track of your assets now?
Equities, T-bills and T-bonds, Municipals and industrial bonds
are tracked in a custom mysql database
(plus the brokerages have nice on-line tools for history,
cost basis calculations and such).
I keep a custom mysql database with all the equity data (cost
basis, drip reinvestments, sales, purchases, etc.). I trade
infrequently, I just update the database monthly when I get the
brokerage statements. I've a few shell functions that construct
SQL queries and insertions/updates as necessary.
For example, a drip reinvestment, purchase, sale is a single shell command:
$ itran 1 2014-10-27 2014-10-27 0.1796 25.5006 GE 0.00 0.00 D
itran <account> <transdate> <postingdate> <quantity> <price> <symbol> <commish> <fee>
<func> can be B (buy), S (sell), R (release of restricted stock) or D (drip reinvest).
Takes less than 10 minutes a month to key in all the drip/sale/purchase
transactions (command-line editing is your friend). Much faster to
me than GUI-based stuff like gnucash; never have to touch the mouse.
I've a python script that prints a nice table from database queries:
Symbol Quantity Held Invested Cost Basis Current Value Yield
______ _____________ __________ __________ _____________ _____
AAPL 280 8047.50 8047.50 30441.60 378.27%
.... (numbers made up for these example).
OK, that is way over my head, LOL. And yes, I don't know of any
software in the Quicken class that does a decent job of keeping up with
that sort of investing in s a decent way. I go to my money managers
site to keep up with my investments and I use Fund Manager.
You're probably right but there is a lot of information in the
worksheets and probably in background files that doesn't translate
well. Last year and this, I have rental income (on a house we rented
on a sales contract for a year) so there is a ton of data that isn't
on the tax forms. I expect TT to pick all of that crud up this year
and deal with it. Next year, I don't care. All of that goes away,
and possibly even the mortgage interest on this house. It's highly
likely that my taxes will he incredibly simple, with just a standard
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