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How many holdings can I have in a portfolio?

How do I record a buy or sell of a security in my existing portfolio?

How do I add a holding to my existing portfolio?

How do I include indices in my portfolio?

Iím having trouble using Portfolio Manager and Iím an AOL subscriber. Why?

What happened to my portfolio? I saved it, and now I can't find it.

Can I combine more than one portfolio that Iíve already saved?

How do I create a portfolio on Morningstar.com?

How do I remove holdings from a saved portfolio?

How do I remove a saved portfolio from Morningstar.com?

Why are some of my holdings showing up in my portfolio twice?

How do I change my custom view in Portfolio?

What information does Morningstar.com encrypt?

How do I record stock splits in my portfolio?

How do I record dividend distributions that Iíve reinvested in my portfolio?

Can I export my portfolio from Morningstar.com? How?

Can I use fractions to enter share prices in a portfolio?

Can I import my portfolio from other programs? How?

How do I change a portfolio Iíve created and saved?

How do I track Money Market Funds in my portfolio?

Whatís the difference between the Total Return (graphed) and (inception) data points?

Why donít some of my holdings show up when I X-Ray my portfolio? They were there before.

Can I print my portfolio reports?

Why is the Portfolio X-Ray incomplete for my portfolio?
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How many holdings can I have in a portfolio?

At this time, you can enter 50 Fund/Stock holdings, 10 Cash, and 10 Bond holdings making the overall potential number of holdings a total of 70 per portfolio.


How do I record a buy or sell of a security in my existing portfolio?

Here are directions for adding additional Buys or Sells to your portfolio:

  1. Click on the "Portfolio" tab located on the tool bar on our home page, http://www.morningstar.com. If you have not already logged on to the site, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose the portfolio you wish to edit.
  3. Click on the Add/Edit Transaction icon next to the holding in your portfolio. This icon will be to the left of your holding name.
  4. Click on the Buy/Sell tab. Enter in the amount of shares and the correct price per share.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.

How do I add a holding to my existing portfolio?

Here are directions for adding a holding to your portfolio:

  1. Click on the "Portfolio" tab located on the tool bar on our home page, http://www.morningstar.com. If you have not already logged on to the site, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose the portfolio you wish to edit.
  3. Click on Modify this Portfolio if it is a Watchlist Portfolio. This icon looks like a brief case with a pencil. For a Transactions Portfolio, under Modify this Portfolio, click on the Add Holdings icon.
  4. Scroll to the line immediately after the last holding in your portfolio. Enter in the ticker symbol of the security and relevant information. If you do not know the ticker symbol, use the "Ticker Lookup" at the top of the Ticker column on this page.
  5. To enter a cash/bond holding, click on the Cash or Bond tab on this page.
  6. After you have entered in all of the information, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Done."

How do I include indices in my portfolio?

Morningstar.com offers many indices that can be added to portfolios. Please note that while the prices for these indices will be updated, they will not be included in the Portfolio X-Rays since Morningstar does not track the underlying stocks included in these indices.

To add these indices to a portfolio, please use the following tickers:

S&P 500: SPX

NASDAQ: COMP

Dow Jones Industrial Average: $INDU

Russell 2000: RUT

DJ Utilities: $UTIL

DJ Transportation: $TRAN

DJ Composite: $COMP

S&P 400: MID

AMEX: XAX.X

Iím having trouble using Portfolio Manager and Iím an AOL subscriber. Why?

Are you using AOL for your browser? This may not be the best option for our site. After extensive testing with a variety of browsers and much user feedback, we have found that using Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher is the best option for AOL users.

The programmers of the site believe that using Internet Explorer outside of your connection to AOL, your Internet Service Provider, would eliminate the problems that you are experiencing. Using Internet Explorer separately of AOL has eliminated many of the problems AOL users have experienced using our site.

You will need to download Internet Explorer if one of these programs is not already installed on your computer. To do this click on the following link to download the latest version of either Internet Explorer:

http://www.morningstar.com /Help/BrowserSettings.html

After you have downloaded Internet Explorer, please connect to the Internet. This is when you will connect to AOL.

  • After you have connected to the Internet, minimize the AOL connection. This can be done by clicking the small box in the upper right hand corner with a dash in it.
  • Once you click on this button you will see the AOL connection in a box, most likely at the bottom of your screen.

Now, please click on the Internet Explorer icon that is on your desktop. If the icon does not appear, then you may not have successfully downloaded the new browser. Finally, type in the address of our website, http://www.morningstar.com, in the address box of your new browser.


What happened to my portfolio? I saved it, and now I canít find it.

Here is the most common reason that this happens:

Are you trying to access your portfolio through a bookmark or favorites tab? If you are, please make sure that this is saved at http://www.morningstar.com and not the portfolio page. Whenever changes are made to the Portfolio Manager, your portfolio will be assigned a new URL, therefore, you will have problems trying to access your portfolio. If this is the case, please go to the home page and bookmark it here. Next, click on the "Portfolio" tab to access your portfolio.

If this is not the case, and you are still unable to access your portfolio, please let us know through our feedback form . Please include in your message a description of the steps you are taking and what occurs. Also, please let us know the type of computer, operating system, modem speed, browser, and browser version you are using. With this additional information, we will be able to assist you more quickly.


Can I combine more than one portfolio that Iíve already saved?

Of course. To do this, please follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Portfolio link in the upper-left corner of our home page, http://www.morningstar.com.
  2. If you are not logged in to the site, you will be asked to do so now. Enter your e-mail address and password in the spaces provided.
  3. Click the "Combine" icon under "Organize Portfolio." This is located on the Portfolio Manager tool bar.
  4. Check the box next to the portfolio names that you would like to combine and click on "Combine."
  5. Enter a name for the combined portfolio.
  6. Select what type of portfolio you would like to save this portfolio as, Transaction or Watchlist.
  7. If your portfolios contain more than 50 Fund/Stock holdings total, you will need to select which holdings to exclude. To do this, uncheck the box next to the holding names, and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save."

Please be aware that any changes made to this new portfolio WILL NOT affect the original portfolios that you combined.


How do I create a portfolio on Morningstar.com?

To create and save your portfolio on our website, you first must be a registered user of Morningstar.com. Click here to sign-up:

http://members.morningstar.com /memberstpages/membership.htm

Here are instructions on how to create a portfolio:

  1. Click on the Portfolio link in the upper-left corner of our home page, http://www.morningstar.com.
  2. If you are not logged in to the site, you will be asked to do so now. Enter your e-mail address and password in the spaces provided.
  3. If you are creating your first portfolio on the site, a page called "Create New Portfolio" will appear. On this page appears an empty box on the left side for the name of the portfolio. Please assign a name, using no more than 20 characters, in the space provided.
  4. There are two different kinds of portfolios that can be built on the site: "Watch List" portfolios and "Transaction" portfolios. Watch List Portfolios can be built by simply assigning the individual stocks or funds you to wish track without requiring any additional information. Transaction portfolios allow more details to be added to the portfolio, allowing for greater historical tracking and analysis. Please choose the portfolio type you wish to build by clicking on the appropriate button here.
  5. Click on the Continue button.
  6. You will see three tabs--Stock/Fund, Bond, and Cash. Click on each tab to enter different types of holdings into the portfolio. With a Transaction Portfolio, you will need to enter date of purchase, ticker (for Stock/Fund) or Name (for Bond or Cash), quantity, and price. If you are building a Watch List Portfolio, you are only required to enter the ticker symbol (for Stock/Fund) or name (for Bond and Cash), and all other fields are optional. Use your tab key or mouse to move from one field to the next. You will be able to enter a total of 50 holdings. Once you have entered all of your holdings, click on the Done button.
  7. You will be brought to a page titled Choose Your Portfolio Monitoring Features. This page will allow you to sign up for e-mail updates on your portfolio. Once you have selected your options, click Done.
  8. Now you will see your portfolio. You can change the view in the Tracking tab, or Click on the My View tab to create your own personalized view.
  9. To make changes to this portfolio, or to create a new portfolio, use the icons and tabs on the Portfolio Manager tool bar.

This should get you started!


How do I remove holdings from a saved portfolio?

To delete a holding in a portfolio on Morningstar.com, please follow these instructions:

  1. Open the portfolio by clicking on the tab called "Portfolio" on the navigation bar of the home page, http://www.morningstar.com. This will bring you to the Portfolio Manager page, where the most recent portfolio you viewed will be displayed.
  2. If the portfolio you wish to edit is not the one that appears, open the pull-down menu located below the words "Portfolio Manager" on the upper left side of the screen. Select the portfolio you wish to modify from this list.

For WatchList portfolios:

  1. Click on the Modify this Portfolio icon located on the Portfolio Manager tool bar. This icon looks like a briefcase with a pencil. This will bring you to the Edit screen which will look like a spreadsheet with your current holdings listed.
  2. Each individual holding line will have a small white box on the far left labeled "Del." Click here to choose which holding(s) to delete, and a check mark will appear to indicate your choice.
  3. Once the box has been checked, scrolling to the bottom of the page will show a button called "Save Portfolio." Clicking on this button will save the changes you made to the portfolio.

For Transaction portfolios:

  1. Click on the Delete Holdings icon located on the Portfolio Manager tool bar. This icon looks like a briefcase with a minus sign. This will bring you to a page called "Delete Holdings," where the holdings in the portfolio will be listed.
  2. To the left of the page, alongside each line for an individual holding, is a small white box. Click here to choose which holding(s) to delete, and a check mark will appear to indicate your choice.
  3. Once the box has been checked, click the button that says "Delete." Clicking on this button will save the changes you made to the portfolio.

How do I remove a saved portfolio from Morningstar.com?

To do this, please follow the steps below.

  1. Open the portfolio by clicking on the tab called "Portfolio" on the navigation bar of the home page, http://www.morningstar.com. This will bring you to the Portfolio Manager page, where the most recent portfolio you viewed will be displayed.
  2. Click on the "Delete" icon, which looks like a trash can.
  3. You will be brought to a page titled "Organize Your Portfolio," with all your portfolios listed in alphabetical order. Select the portfolio that you want to delete by checking the small white box to the left of the portfolio name.
  4. Click on the "Delete" button that appears at the bottom of the page. A window will appear asking if you want to delete this portfolio permanently. If you click OK, this portfolio will be deleted.

Why are some of my holdings showing up in my portfolio twice?

It is possible that this occurred when the holdings were entered. When you clicked Save Portfolio, you may have received a message stating:

"The following ticker symbols could not be found in our databases. Portfolio holdings that are not securities and unrecognized securities can be left as they are. After clicking the Continue button below you may edit your portfolio from the Track Your Portfolio and X-Ray Your Portfolio views. Please do not use the back button on your browser to make any changes or corrections to your portfolio."

If you clicked the Back button on your browser after seeing this message instead of clicking Continue, your portfolio holdings will be entered twice. The reason for this is that when you first click Save Portfolio and get the message, the current holdings have been saved. Then when you click the Back button on your browser to fix it and click Save Portfolio again, the holdings are saved twice.

To delete the duplicated holdings, please follow the steps below.

For Quick portfolios:

  1. Click on the Modify this Portfolio icon located on the Portfolio Manager tool bar. This icon looks like a brief case with a pencil. This will bring you to the Edit screen which will look like a spreadsheet with your current holdings listed.
  2. To the right of the page, alongside each line for an individual holding, is a box labeled "Delete." Click here to choose which holding(s) to delete, and a check mark will appear to indicate your choice.
  3. Once the box has been checked, scrolling to the bottom of the page will show a button called "Save Portfolio." Clicking on this button will save the changes you made to the portfolio.

For Transaction portfolios:

  1. Click on the Modify Holdings icon located on the Portfolio Manager tool bar. This icon looks like a brief case with a pencil. This will bring you to a page called "Edit Transaction Portfolio," where the holdings in the portfolio will be listed.
  2. To the right of the page, alongside each line for an individual holding, is a box labeled "Delete." Click here to choose which holding(s) to delete, and a check mark will appear to indicate your choice.
  3. Once the box has been checked, scrolling to the bottom of the page will show a button called "Delete Checked Items." Clicking on this button will save the changes you made to the portfolio.

How do I change my custom view in Portfolio?

In order to do so you will need to be logged in to the site. Please follow these steps:

  1. Once you are logged into http://www.morningstar.com, go to the Portfolio section.
  2. Click on the tab that reads "My View" and choose one of the "My View" options (either My View 1 or My View 2).
  3. Click the Customize My View button located in the top right of the window. This icon looks like a piece of paper and a pencil.
  4. This is the screen where you can select or de-select the columns of information you would like to appear in your personal My View.
  5. To add a data point to your My View screen, highlight it in the left column and click Add to bring it to the right column. The data points listed in the right column will be the items that appear in My View.
  6. Once you have made your desired changes by clicking on the data points you would like to display on the left and then adding them to the column on the right, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Save" and the data points you selected should appear in the layout.
  7. If you would like this to be the first view you see when you enter the Portfolio Manager tool, click on the "Set This View as Default View" link in the top right of the page.

What information does Morningstar.com encrypt?

We appreciate your concern. The editors and programmers for Morningstar.com are aware of the sensitive issues surrounding web site privacy and security. In an effort to make the site as useful and secure as possible, strict security measures have been adopted to protect credit card and portfolio transactions.

Morningstar uses encryption technology for the credit card information provided by users when signing up for our Premium service. Portfolios are not encrypted, but we do store them on a secure server behind a firewall.

When your portfolio is being transmitted over the internet for updates, it is possible that someone could intercept the information. Morningstar has chosen not to encrypt the portfolios because doing so would significantly slow the transmission speeds. In most cases, users are more concerned about the speed of accessing their updated portfolio than the unlikely chance that someone will intercept that information.

In addition, if someone were to access your portfolios they would have no way of knowing if the portfolios are real, accurate, hypothetical, or simply a watch list. On the other hand, someone accessing your credit card information is a much more potentially dangerous scenario and this is why we use every security precaution when handling this information.


How do I record stock splits in my portfolio?

Stock Splits can be added to Transaction portfolios created on Morningstar.com.

There are two different kinds of portfolios that can be built on the site: "WatchList" portfolios and "Transaction" portfolios. Watch List Portfolios can be built by simply assigning the individual stocks, funds, bonds or cash you to wish track without requiring any additional information. Transaction portfolios allow more details to be added to the portfolio, allowing for greater historical tracking and analysis. You can only add reinvested dividends to Transaction portfolios.

  1. Once you have created a Transaction portfolio, click on the "Portfolio" tab located on the tool bar on our home page, http://www.morningstar.com. If you have not already logged on to the site, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose the portfolio you wish to edit. Once the portfolio has loaded, please click the Record Splits/Divs icon located on the portfolio manager toolbar. This icon looks like a split piece of paper.
  3. On the "View/Record Corporate Actions" screen, changing the option in the drop-down menu will allow you to choose between corporate actions that have occurred in the past 90 days or all corporate actions that we have on record for a particular security.
  4. Check the boxes next to the splits you would like to enter, and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.
  5. If the split you would like to record is not listed, please return to the Snapshot view to manually enter it. To the left of each holding name you will see an icon that looks like a white box with two arrows in it. Click this box, then in the next screen, click the Splits tab to manually enter the split. Once you have entered the required information (date and split ratio) scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Save.

How do I record dividend distributions that Iíve reinvested in my portfolio?

Dividends can be added to Transaction portfolios created on Morningstar.com.

There are two different kinds of portfolios that can be built on the site: "WatchList" portfolios and "Transaction" portfolios. Watch List Portfolios can be built by simply assigning the individual stocks, funds, bonds or cash you to wish track without requiring any additional information. Transaction portfolios allow more details to be added to the portfolio, allowing for greater historical tracking and analysis. You can only add reinvested dividends to Transaction portfolios.

  1. Once you have created a Transaction portfolio, click on the "Portfolio" tab located on the toolbar on our home page, http://www.morningstar.com. If you have not already logged on to the site, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose the portfolio you wish to edit. Once the portfolio has loaded, please click the Record Splits/Divs icon located on the portfolio manager toolbar. This icon looks like a split piece of paper.
  3. On the "View/Record Corporate Actions" screen, changing the option in the drop-down menu will allow you to choose between corporate actions that have occurred in the past 90 days or all corporate actions that we have on record for a particular security.
  4. Check the boxes next to the dividends you would like to enter, and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.
  5. If the dividend you would like to record is not listed, please return to the Snapshot view to manually enter it. To the left of each holding name you will see an icon that looks like a white box with two arrows in it. Click this box, then in the next screen, click the Reinvest Dividends tab to manually enter it. Once you have entered the required information (date, total distribution, and reinvest share price) scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Save.

Can I export my portfolio from Morningstar.com? How?

We currently have the capability to export your portfolio from Morningstar.com to use the data in desktop software or spreadsheet programs.

  1. Click on the Portfolio link in the upper-left corner of our home page. If you have not already logged on to the site, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the Portfolio Manager screen, choose the portfolio you wish to export.
  3. Click the Export icon in your Portfolio Manager toolbar. This icon looks like a briefcase with an arrow pointing to the upper-right.
  4. You will then see a screen entitled Export Your Portfolio along with another pop-up window entitled Security Warning. You will need to click Yes on the Security Warning window in order for the import/export function to work.
  5. Once you have clicked Yes on the Security Warning screen, it will disappear and you will see a red link on the Export Your Portfolio page that reads "Export My Portfolio Now." You will see a pop up box where you will have to give the file a name and directory path.
  6. Click OK, and the portfolio file will export as a tab-delimited text file. Click OK on the confirmation box, and the file will appear in the location that you specified. If you did not specify a directory path, the portfolio export file will be saved in your default directory. Please note that the default location is C:temp. If you do not change your directory path and you do not have a temp folder in your C drive, then you will encounter problems.

Furthermore, the only exported information is the information that you originally entered into your portfolio. This will include the date of purchase, ticker symbol, shares, purchase price, and commission. None of the views in the portfolio manager, such as Snapshot or Custom, can be exported.


Can I use fractions to enter share prices in a portfolio?

Unfortunately, the Portfolio Manager will not accept fractions, so you must enter the price in decimals.


Can I import my portfolio from other programs? How?

Importing from Microsoft Money

To import your portfolio from Money software to Morningstar.com, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Microsoft Money software on your computer.
  2. Once you have your finances loaded on your screen go to FILE | EXPORT.
  3. Make sure "Strict QIF" is selected.
  4. The top line in the export box reads Save In:. (Please remember the path you are saving to. This is important later.)
  5. Give the file a name such as "Morningstar Import" and click OK.
  6. You will then see a screen that says "What type of account would you like to export?" Please make sure you choose Investment.
  7. Then you will see a screen where you will choose the account to export. Highlight the correct account and click Continue.
  8. Open up http://www.morningstar.com/ and visit the "Portfolio" section.
  9. Click on "Import" icon under "Create A Portfolio."
  10. Click on "Intuit Quicken or Microsoft Money (.QIF)."
  11. Click on "Browse."
  12. Change your path to where you saved the .QIF file.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Choose the portfolio you'd like to keep on Morningstar.com and click "Continue."
  15. Once the portfolio has been imported, click on "Save Portfolio."
  16. Make any changes you need to at the "Edit Transaction Portfolio" screen.
  17. Click on "Save Changes."

If you have any trouble with importing, please e-mail us and include the version of Money you are using, browser, browser version, operating system, and modem speed.

Importing from MSN MoneyCentral

To import your portfolio from MoneyCentral, please follow the steps below:

Please note, you must use the Deluxe Portfolio Manager (Investor Toolbox) from MoneyCentral to export portfolios:

  1. Visit MoneyCentral at http://www.moneycentral.com and open the portfolio section.
  2. In the Accounts pull down menu, select the portfolio you would like to export.
  3. Go to View and select "Create Custom View..."
  4. Select the "Remove All" button and add symbol, name, quantity and price from the Available Columns List then click OK.
  5. Go to the File menu within MoneyCentral and choose "Export to Tab-Delimited File."
  6. You will then be prompted to save your portfolio. Please be sure to write down the directory and file name that you save your portfolio under. This information will be needed in the import process. Once you have named the file, click "Save."
  7. Open up Morningstar by going to http://www.morningstar.com/ and visit the "Portfolio" section
  8. Click on "Import"icon that is under "Create A Portfolio."
  9. Click on "MSN MoneyCentral Investor (TXT)"
  10. Click on "Browse"
  11. Change your path to where you saved the file
  12. Click "OK"
  13. Choose the portfolio you'd like to keep on Morningstar.com and click "Continue."
  14. Choose between Watchlist and Transaction portfolio.
  15. You will then see a screen with your portfolio holdings listed on the left side. If your portfolio has less than 50 holdings and you would like to import all of them, click the "Add All" button to move the holdings from the "Found Holdings" column to the "Holdings to Import" Column. Then click the Continue button.
  16. If your portfolio has more than 50 holdings, you will need to choose which 50 holdings you would like to import. To do this, highlight the securities you would like to import and click the "Add" button. The securities you select will then move to the right column labeled "Holdings to Import." The number of securities you have added will be displayed above the right column. Once you have selected all of the holdings you would like to import, click the "Continue" button.
  17. The next screen will list the holding information for those securities you chose to import. If any of the holdings have incorrect ticker symbols, Morningstar.com will be unable to provide very little information on the portfolio after you have imported it (any tickers colored red are unrecognized).
  18. You can change the information on the screen by clicking on the data. You will then be able to type in any corrections. Please note, if you are importing a Transaction portfolio you must include the Shares/Ratio, Price and Date.
  19. Once all of this information is correct, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.

If you experience any difficulties, please e-mail us. Include in your response the browser, browser version, operating system, and modem speed that you are using, as well as the .txt file you would like to import.

Importing from Quicken software

To import your portfolio from Quicken software to Morningstar.com, please follow these steps:

  1. Launch Quicken on your computer
  2. Once you have your finances loaded on your screen go to FILE | EXPORT | .QIF FILE.
  3. Make sure the "Transactions" and "Security Lists" box is selected.
  4. The top line in the export box reads "QIF File to Export to:", move your mouse to that box, click once, and scroll all the way to the right. (Please remember the path you are saving to, this is important later -- If you did a default installation, the path will be C:\QuickenW\.)
  5. Give the file a name such as "Morningstar Import" and click "OK" (type this in AFTER you see C:/QuickenW.) Keep track of where you save your portfolio, as you will need this information during the importing process.
  6. You can now close out of your Quicken application.
  7. Open up http://www.morningstar.com/ and visit the "Portfolio" section.
  8. Click on "Import" icon under "Create A Portfolio."
  9. Click on "Intuit Quicken (QIF)."
  10. Click on "Browse."
  11. Change your path to where you saved the .QIF file.
  12. Click "OK."
  13. Choose the portfolio you'd like to keep on Morningstar.com and click "Continue."
  14. Choose between Watchlist and Transaction portfolio.
  15. You will then see a screen with your portfolio holdings listed on the left side. If your portfolio has less than 50 holdings and you would like to import all of them, click the Add All button to move the holdings from the Found Holdings column to the Holdings to Import Column. Then click the Continue button.
  16. If your portfolio has more than 50 holdings, you will need to choose which 50 holdings you would like to import. To do this, highlight the securities you would like to import and click the Add button. The securities you select will then move to the right column labeled Holdings to Import. The number of securities you have added will be displayed above the right column. Once you have selected all of the holdings you would like to import, click the Continue button.
  17. The next screen will list the holding information for those securities you chose to import. If any of the holdings have incorrect ticker symbols, Morningstar.com will be unable to provide very little information on the portfolio after you have imported it (any tickers colored red are unrecognized).
  18. You can change the information on the screen by clicking on the data. You will then be able to type in any corrections. Please note, if you are importing a Transaction portfolio you must include the Shares/Ratio, Price and Date.
  19. Once all of this information is correct, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.

If you have difficulties, please e-mail us and include the version of Quicken, browser, browser version, operating system, and modem speed that you are using, as well as the .qif file you would like to import.

Importing from Quicken.com

Please note that only portfolios originally created in Quicken.com will import into Morningstar.com. In order for you to import from Quicken.com, you must be logged into your Quicken.com account. If you are not logged in, click on the link below:

http://www.quicken.com

Also, in order to import to Morningstar.com, you must have your Quicken.com user name and password.

Follow the steps below to import to Morningstar.com:

  1. Click on the "Portfolio" tab from any Morningstar.com web page.
  2. Click on the "Import" link.
  3. Click on "Quicken.com.
  4. Type in your Quicken.com user name and password and click "Ok."
  5. A box should appear asking which Quicken.com portfolio you would like to import. Select one portfolio and click "Ok."
  6. Select the type of Portfolio you would like to import it as (either Watchlist or Transaction based) and click "Continue."
  7. You will then see a screen with your portfolio holdings listed on the left side. If your portfolio has less than 50 holdings and you would like to import all of them, click the Add All button to move the holdings from the Found Holdings column to the Holdings to Import Column. Then click the Continue button.
  8. If your portfolio has more than 50 holdings, you will need to choose which 50 holdings you would like to import. To do this, highlight the securities you would like to import and click the Add button. The securities you select will then move to the right column labeled Holdings to Import. The number of securities you have added will be displayed above the right column. Once you have selected all of the holdings you would like to import, click the Continue button.
  9. The next screen will list the holding information for those securities you chose to import. If any of the holdings have incorrect ticker symbols, Morningstar.com will be unable to provide very little information on the portfolio after you have imported it (any tickers colored red are unrecognized).
  10. You can change the information on the screen by clicking on the data. You will then be able to type in any corrections. Please note, if you are importing a Transaction portfolio you must include the Shares/Ratio, Price and Date.
  11. Once all of this information is correct, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.

If you are experiencing difficulties in importing your portfolio, please feel free to let us know by e-mailing us. When e-mailing, please tell us the type of computer you have, operating system, browser version, Quicken.com login id, and Quicken.com password.

Importing from Yahoo!Finance

In order for you to import from Yahoo! Finance, you must be logged into your Yahoo! account. If you are not logged in, click on the link below:

Yahoo login screen

Also, in order to import to Morningstar.com, you must have your Yahoo! user name and password. If you have forgotten your user name or password, click on the link below to retrieve it from Yahoo!:

Yahoo password retrieval

Follow the steps below to import to Morningstar.com:

  1. Click on the "Portfolio" tab from any Morningstar.com web page.
  2. Click on the "Import" icon under "Create A Portfolio."
  3. Click on "Yahoo! Finance."
  4. Type in your Yahoo! user name and password and click "Ok."
  5. A box should appear asking which Yahoo! portfolio you would like to import. Select one portfolio and click "Ok."
  6. Select the type of Portfolio you would like to import it as (either Watchlist or Transaction based) and click "Continue"
  7. You will then see a screen with your portfolio holdings listed on the left side. If your portfolio has less than 50 holdings and you would like to import all of them, click the Add All button to move the holdings from the Found Holdings column to the Holdings to Import Column. Then click the Continue button.
  8. If your portfolio has more than 50 holdings, you will need to choose which 50 holdings you would like to import. To do this, highlight the securities you would like to import and click the Add button. The securities you select will then move to the right column labeled Holdings to Import. The number of securities you have added will be displayed above the right column. Once you have selected all of the holdings you would like to import, click the Continue button.
  9. The next screen will list the holding information for those securities you chose to import. If any of the holdings have incorrect ticker symbols, Morningstar.com will be unable to provide very little information on the portfolio after you have imported it (any tickers colored red are unrecognized).
  10. You can change the information on the screen by clicking on the data. You will then be able to type in any corrections. Please note, if you are importing a Transaction portfolio you must include the Shares/Ratio, Price and Date.
  11. Once all of this information is correct, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.

If you are experiencing difficulties in importing your portfolio, please feel free to let us know. When e-mailing, please tell us the type of computer you have, operating system, browser version, Yahoo! login id, and Yahoo! password.

Importing using a Macintosh computer

At this time, the import function does not support Macs. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


How do I change a portfolio Iíve created and saved?

Please follow the steps below to make this change to your portfolio:

  1. To edit a holding in a portfolio, open the portfolio by first clicking on the "Portfolio" tab located on the upper left side of the home page (http://www.morningstar.com).
  2. This will bring you to the Portfolio Manager, where the most recent portfolio you viewed will be displayed. If the portfolio you wish to edit is not the one that appears, open the pull-down menu located under the word "Portfolio Manager" on the upper left side of the screen. Select the portfolio you wish to modify from this list.
  3. If you selected a Watch List portfolio, an icon that resembles a briefcase with a pencil will appear on the Portfolio Manager toolbar. This is the Modify This Portfolio icon. Click on this icon to add or delete stock, fund, bond, or cash holdings.
  4. Once the data has been entered, edited, or deleted, scroll to the bottom of the page to the button labeled "Done" and click on this button to save the changes you made to the portfolio.
  5. If you selected a Transaction portfolio, you will see three icons in the Modify This Portfolio section. Click on the icon that looks like a briefcase with a plus sign to add holdings, click the icon that looks like a briefcase with a minus sign to delete holdings, or click the icon that looks like a torn piece of paper to record splits or reinvested dividends on added holdings.
  6. If you would like to modify an existing holding by adding a buy, a sell, a split, or a dividend, click on the icon that looks like two arrows in a white box that appears to the left of the holding name. This will take you to the Add/Edit Transaction page for that holding, where you can enter buys, sells, splits, or reinvested dividends.
  7. Once the modifications have been entered, scroll to the bottom of the page to the button labeled "Save" (or "Delete," if you are deleting holdings) and click on this button to save the changes you made to the portfolio.

How do I track Money Market Funds in my portfolio?

Currently, Morningstar does not report on money market funds in any of our publications or on our websites.

However, if you would like to account for money market funds in your portfolio, you can add them to your portfolio as a cash holding.

  1. To access your portfolio, click on the Portfolio tab in the upper left corner of the Morningstar home page (www.morningstar.com).
  2. Select the portfolio that you would like to modify from the drop-down menu right below the Portfolio Manager heading.
  3. If you are working with a Watch List portfolio, click on the Modify This Portfolio icon (a briefcase with a pencil), then go to the Cash tab to add the money market holding.
  4. If you are working with a Transaction portfolio, click on the Add Holding icon (a briefcase with a plus sign in it), then click on the Cash tab to add the money market holding.
  5. Please note, if you enter in a money market ticker symbol into the Portfolio Manager, you will receive incorrect pricing. Therefore, please make sure you are entering money market funds in as cash holdings.

What's the difference between the Total Return (graphed) and (inception) data points?

Total Return (graphed):

The rate of return your holding or portfolio has earned during the time period selected incorporating all transactions and the time value of money (when those transactions took place). This figure is an internal rate of return. Mathematically, it is the return that sets the present value of all cash investments to all cash outflows. Cash investments include new purchases plus commissions paid. Cash outflows include proceeds from sales less commissions, as well as the final value of your portfolio. Reinvestments are neither cash investments nor cash outflows, since there is no new money coming from or going to the investor. (Reinvestments are accounted for in returns in that more shares are owned.)

Returns from investment periods greater than one year are annualized, but those less than one year are not.

Total Return (inception):

This return uses the first transaction day in your portfolio as the beginning point and today as the ending point. Like Total Return (graphed), this figure is an internal rate of return. See the Total Return (graphed) entry for more information on this calculation.


Why don't some of my holdings show up when I X-Ray my portfolio? They were there before.

This is occurring because the Portfolio X-Ray feature will not display portfolio statistics for Mutual Funds or Closed-End funds with statistics more than 1 year old. This is a restriction set in place by our portfolio manager team. This restriction exists because that team feels statistics generated from a portfolio more than a year old are no longer valid.

Fund Reports do not have this restriction because the portfolio " as-of" date is always shown along with the portfolio stats and portfolio holdings on these pages.


Can I print my portfolio reports?

Due to the many functionality differences between internet browsers, Morningstar does not support printing screens from your browser.

There are only two portfolio reports that we have formatted, and therefore support: Portfolio Snapshot View Report and Portfolio X-Ray Overview Report (Premium customers only). To print one of these reports, go to the Portfolio section of Morningstar.com. Choose the portfolio you would like to print, then click on the Print icon in the top right corner of the Portfolio Manager section.

This will take you to the Print-Friendly Portfolio Report window, where you can choose which report you would like to print and read some tips for proper printing.

We've heard from some users who have better luck printing from Internet Explorer 6.0 than from other internet browsers. Are you using Internet Explorer? If you would like to try it, you can download it from the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.asp


Why is the Portfolio X-Ray incomplete for my portfolio?

By any chance, did you create a Watch List portfolio? On the site, there are two types of portfolios: Watch List and Transaction. With a Watch List portfolio you can add a stock, fund, or bond to a portfolio without entering prices or number of shares. However, if you create a Watch List portfolio and do not enter in prices or number of shares for your holdings, the results of the Portfolio X-Ray will be incomplete. Please note, the only information that will be included will be the top holdings.

         
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