Managing cash in a transaction portfolio
This document provides information about the cash line in a transactional portfolio. It also discusses reasons why the cash line may display a negative value.
Yahoo! Finance transactional portfolios feature a $$CASH line. When the cash line is visible, this row will display the sum of your cash transactions minus the purchase value of your current holdings. The different transaction types available will affect the cash line in different ways. The most common transaction types include:
- "Buy"/"Sell" - These debit/credit the cash line.
- "Shares In"/"Shares Out" - These do not debit/credit the cash line.
- "Cash In"/"Cash Out" - These debit/credit the cash line.
When a transactional portfolio is first created, the initial cash value is set to $0. Any "Buy" transaction that is created will debit the cash line, thus causing the cash value to become negative. If no "Cash In" transaction has been created to offset the purchasing of shares, the cash line will continue to become more negative with each subsequent "Buy" transaction that is created. To balance the cash line, a new "Cash In" transaction must be created. This "Cash In" transaction should equal the purchase value of the shares that you own or have purchased.
Refer to the following steps for instructions on how to create a "Cash In" transaction:
- Login to your Yahoo! Finance account and open a transactional portfolio.
- Click View Transactions.
- Click the Create Transaction link that appears on the right side of the page.
- Click Cash in the "Transaction" row.
- Enter a valid date.
- From the "Type" drop-down, choose Cash In.
- Enter the cash amount in the "Amount" field.
- Enter a note (optional). Notes can be up to 40 characters in length (letters and spaces).
- Click Save.
Note: Inputting a value that matches the debt displayed on the cash line will only be accurate if all transactions are of the "Buy" type. "Sell" transactions also serve to credit the cash line. To account for the portfolio's value accurately, it is best to calculate the sum of all "Buy" transactions and use this value to inform your "Cash In" transaction. Alternately, individual "Cash In" transactions can be created to offset individual "Buy" transactions.