Setting up your holdings manually
You may add new holdings to your portfolio by recording the initial buy transaction or an opening balance transaction. (Alternatively, you may also add new holdings by importing your trading history directly from your broker or bulk importing via CSV.)
Topics covered in this section:
- Instructional video – add a holding using a buy transaction
- Instructional video – add a holding using the opening balance
- How to start
- Tick either buy transaction or opening balance
- Adding comments and file attachments
- Importing your transaction from a file
Instructional video – add a holding using a buy transaction
Instructional video – add a holding using the opening balance
How to start
View the left side of the ‘Let’s get started by adding some trades’ page:
Tick either Buy Transaction or Opening Balance
Fill in the name of the holding and select the market it trades on
Sharesight suggests the share price and exchange rate
- Market — Select the appropriate stock exchange from the drop down list. If the share you wish to enter is not on one of the supported markets, select the ‘other’ market and select the ‘Add new?’ checkbox to create a new holding. Shares that you create on the ‘other market’ will be classed as a Custom Investment and you will be responsible for adding share prices, as well as dividend and other company events manually.
- Code or Company Name — Start typing the name or share code, and select the appropriate entry from the drop-down box.
- Traded on — Enter date that you first purchased shares in the company. You can do this by clicking in the date box and entering the date in the format displayed in the box, or by clicking the date in the calendar. If using the calendar select the year and month before the day.
- Quantity — Enter the number of shares you initially purchased.
- Share Price — Sharesight will indicate the closing price on the purchase date, click on this figure to use the suggested price or type your own price into the box.
- Exchange Rate (only displayed for overseas shares) — Sharesight will indicate the closing exchange rate on the purchase date, click on this figure to use the suggested rate or type your own exchange rate into the box.
- Brokerage (optional) — Enter any brokerage you paid.
Adding comments and file attachments
- Comments (optional) — Use the comments field to record any extra information about the share purchase. This could include the reason you bought the shares or any particular circumstances about the purchase.
- File Attachments (optional) — You may upload a file to store alongside the trade. Simply click the “Choose a file” button. Note that you may only store one file per holding at a time, and the system will only display the latest file.iPhone/iPad users: Unfortunately, due to a limitation with the mobile iOS browser, you may only select files from your photo library. So you may choose to take a photo of your file and upload it, or upload the actual file from a computer.
Click ‘Save’ or ‘Save and add another’ if you have more shares to add.
Once the holding has been created you may then record additional trades associated with it via the Holding Details page.
Importing your transactions from a file
Sharesight provides a versatile file upload utility that allows you to easily import your historical share transactions or opening balances. All you need to do is get your data into a spreadsheet with a separate row for each transaction, then save the file in CSV format and upload it to Sharesight. For more information, see Importing historical trades and Importing opening balances.