Splitting a Stock in EquityStat

Amazon’s (AMZN) stock recently split. It was a 20 for 1 stock split. So, for each share you owned before the split, you got 20 shares.

If you owned Amazon (AMZN) stock before the split and you are tracking this stock in your EquityStat portfolio, how do you record the split?

First, select the Amazon stock in your investment panel. Next, in the transaction panel, click the Add button to add a new transaction. In the Activity drop down, choose a “Split” transaction. Enter how many shares were split, in this case it is a 20 for 1 split, and click the Add button to save the transaction.

Add a split transaction in EquityStat's investment portfolio tracker.
Adding a split transaction in your EquityStat portfolio

When the split transaction is saved, each transaction will be adjusted to reflect this split. The number of shares will be increased twenty times and the price will be divided by twenty.

For example, if you had the following transactions before the split.

EquityStat transactions for Amazon (AMZN) before the 20 for 1 split
Amazon transactions before the split

After the split your transactions will look like this.

EquityStat transactions for Amazon (AMZN) after the 20 for 1 split
Amazon transactions after the split

Notice that before the split there were three buy transactions. After the split, the number of shares has increased 20 times and the price has been reduced by a factor of twenty. For example, the initial buy on 4/02/2014 was for a quantity of 100 shares. After the split, the purchased quantity is 2000 shares. The price the shares were bought on 4/02/2014 was $341.96. After the split, the price paid was $17.098. These adjustments are all automatically done when you enter the split transaction.

If you have other stocks that have split, you can use the same steps to record your split. Just make sure that you enter the correct split information.

Feature Highlight – Compare Your Investment Performance to the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq or the S&P 500 Index

If you want to see how your investment performance is doing compared to an index, you can easily add an index to your investment’s performance graph.

To do this, select the index you want to compare, by clicking on the Indexes drop down menu link in the upper left hand corner of the performance graph.

Compare Stock Performance to Indexes
Compare Investment Performance to Indexes

When you click on the Indexes drop down menu link, you can choose from a list of indexes.

Choose to compare your stock's performance to the Dow Jones index, the Nasdaq index or the S&P 500 index
Choose to compare your stock’s performance to the Dow Jones index, the Nasdaq index or the S&P 500 index

Choose the Dow Jones index, the Nasdaq index or the S&P 500 index. You can choose one index or multiple indexes. When you choose an index, you will see a checkbox next to the index.

Once an index is chosen, you will see the index in your performance graph and how it compares to your investment’s performance.

To remove an index, click on the Indexes drop down link and select the index again. This will remove the checkbox from the index menu item and remove the index from your performance graph.

You can also compare your account/portfolio performance to an index. To do this, go to the Portfolio Analysis page by choosing the Tools menu at the top and selecting Analyze Portfolio from the drop down menu. From the Portfolio Analysis page, click the Indexes link above the performance graph and choose the index or indexes you want to compare.

Choose to compare your account/portfolio performance to the Dow Jones index, the Nasdaq index or the S&P 500 index
Choose to compare your account/portfolio performance to the Dow Jones index, the Nasdaq index or the S&P 500 index

Best Stock of 2017

The best S&P 500 stock of 2017 was Align Technology.  It was up 135.6%.

You can see the list of best stocks here:


How did your investments do in 2017?  What was your best stock?  If you are not tracking your investment’s performance, consider using EquityStat.  With EquityStat you can track the overall performance of your portfolio/account as well as the performance of each individual investment.  EquityStat tracks the annualized return, year to date return, daily gain, overall gain and many other metrics of your investments.  With these metrics you can easily determine what are your best investments.

Many online brokerages and mutual funds track an individual stock or mutual fund’s performance but you cannot get the overall return of all your stocks or mutual funds.  With EquityStat not only can you get the return each investment, you can also get the return for your entire account.  This way you know how well your investments are performing at any time.


How to import your Google Finance Portfolio into EquityStat

As you know, Google Finance is discontinuing their portfolio manager.  If you are looking for an alternative you can easily import your Google portfolio into EquityStat.  Just follow these easy steps.

Step #1

Login to your Google Finance portfolio and click the Transactions link.

Step #2

On the Google Finance transactions page, click the Download to Spreadsheet link and save the downloaded file to your hard drive.

Step #3

Login to your EquityStat account and click the New menu at the top and choose Import Transactions from the drop down menu.

Step #4

On the import page, click the Browse button to locate the file saved in Step #2.  Next, click the Import button to import the file.  You will then see a summary of the transactions to be imported.  Correct any errors and verify what the import will do.  Click the Import Data button to import the Google Finance portfolio transactions into EquityStat.

Google Finance Portfolios Going Away

If you haven’t heard, Google Finance stock portfolio manager is being discontinued. If you were a previous user of Google Finance portfolio manager and want an alternative, consider EquityStat’s portfolio manager.

EquityStat has many of the same features that Google Finance portfolio manager has. You can easily see the value of your entire portfolio as well as the current gain/loss your portfolio. In addition you can see calculations for each individual investment (stock, mutual fund, ETF) such as today’s gain/loss, the percentage gain since you owned the investment, the investment’s realized gain, the stock’s annualized return and many other calculations.

EquityStat also displays all of the transactions for each investment in your portfolio. You can easily add, edit and delete any of these transactions. You can import these transactions into your portfolio by either manually entering them or importing them from a spreadsheet.

In addition you can create multiple portfolios, see performance graphs of your investments and analyze the holdings of your portfolio.

EquiityStat Stock Portfolio Analysis
EquiityStat Stock Portfolio Analysis

If you need help importing your Google Finance portfolio into EquityStat, contact our support staff here.

If you liked Google Finance portfolio manager and are disappointed to see it go, checkout EquityStat!

Print Your Stock Portfolio

We have recently added the ability to print your portfolio.  To print your portfolio click the Tools menu and then choose Print Portfolio from the drop down menu.  On the next page, choose which portfolio you want to print.  You can also print all your portfolio at once.  Clicking the Print button will generate a pdf file which you can then print to your printer or save to your hard drive.

EquityStat Print Stock Portfolio Example
EquityStat Print Stock Portfolio Example

EquityStat – An Alternative to Yahoo Finance Stock Portfolio

We are hearing from a lot of frustrated Yahoo Finance Portfolio users. The latest changes to “improve” the portfolio manager have actually made the product worse. If you are looking for an alternative to Yahoo Finance stock portfolio, we encourage you to take a look at EquityStat’s portfolio manager.

EquityStat was founded by investors. As investors we understand what other investors are looking for in a portfolio manager. For example, one of our goals was to make EquityStat’s Portfolio manager show as much information on your screen without you having to constantly scroll around to see your data. Unlike Yahoo, EquityStat does not show ads, so this gives us more room to show more information about your investments and how they are performing.

EquityStat Financial Stock Portfolio
Stock Portfolio Example

You can learn more about the similarities and differences between Yahoo Finance’s portfolio manager  and EquityStat’s portfolio manager here.

In addition if there is any feature that you liked in Yahoo Finance’s portfolio manager that is missing in EquityStat, let us know. We will seriously consider adding this feature as well as any other feature you might find useful. Our goal is to keep enhancing EquityStat to give our users the features and services they want!

View Your Portfolio On Your Mobile Device

We have recently added the ability to view your portfolio on your mobile device. To view your portfolio on your mobile phone, launch your phone’s web browser and go to www.equitystat.com. Next, login to your EquityStat account. You will then see a scaled version of your portfolio designed to display on your mobile device.

Watch the following video to learn more about the features of the mobile portfolio manager.

Yahoo Finance Portfolio Manager Changes

Recently, Yahoo Finance has changed their investment portfolio manager.  At one time Yahoo Finance portfolio manager was one of the best web portfolio managers. If you were a previous user of Yahoo Finance portfolio and are looking for an alternative, consider EquityStat’s portfolio manager.

EquityStat has many of the same features that the Yahoo Finance portfolio manager has. You can easily see the current value of your portfolio and individual investments based on the current stock price.  Like Yahoo, EquityStat allows you to track and manage your stocks, mutual funds and ETFs investments.

EquityStat Stock Portfolio Manager
Stock Portfolio Manager Screen Shot

There are a lot of differences between EquityStat’s and Yahoo’s portfolio manager too. Here are some of the features found in EquityStat’s portfolio manager that you won’t find in Yahoo’s portfolio manager.

  • Easily see how your portfolio is performing.
    At the top of your portfolio you can easily see your total portfolio value, the total return and the gain for the day.  You don’t have to click around to find this information, it is the first thing you see when you login to your account.
  • Create Multiple Portfolios.
    Separate your investments into multiple portfolios such as your personal portfolio and 401K.  You can track the performance of each portfolio and track your account’s overall performance.
  • A lot less scrolling.
    Our portfolio manager makes the most of your screen space.  As you expand or contract your browser window your portfolio manager does too.  No more scrolling around to see all of your portfolio’s data.
  • Performance calculations for each investment, your portfolios and the overall account.
    For each investment you can see the current market value, the overall gain of the investment, today’s gain, the annualized return and many more calculations.  These performance metrics are also available at the portfolio and account level.
  • Easily view, add, edit and delete transactions for each investment.
    All of your transactions for each investment are grouped together which you can easily view, add, edit and delete.
  • Filter out your sold investments.
    Easily show and hide your sold investments which gives you a historical view of your portfolio or a view of your currently held investments.
  • Change the columns displayed in your portfolio.
    Add and remove the columns you want to display in your portfolio.  For example, if you want to show an investment’s 52 week high or low you can easily add this data column to your portfolio.
  • Import your investments from a spreadsheet or comma separated variable file (csv file).
    If you have your investment transactions in a spreadsheet, you can easily import them into your portfolio without having to manually enter all your transactions.
  • Generate tax forms for sold investments.
    If you have sold any stocks you can generate IRS Form 8949 which your tax preparer needs to calculate your capital gain taxes.
  • Export your investment transactions for safekeeping.
    With EquityStat you can easily export your transactions to a spreadsheet file which will give you a permanent backup of your data.
  • 24 hour 7 day a week support.
    Have a question or need help? Just send an email to our support staff.
  • View on any computer or device.
    View your portfolio on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
  • Simple with a singular focus.
    EquityStat’s goal is to provide a powerful yet simple to use portfolio manager.  Our focus is not about generating page views or driving traffic to news pages.

If you want to switch from Yahoo’s portfolio manager to EquityStat, we can help you import your data from Yahoo.  Just contact EquityStat’s support staff here and we can get you started with EquityStat.

EquityStat and Taxes

It’s that dreaded time of year – tax time. EquityStat’s portfolio manager has several tools to help investors with their taxes.

If you sold any shares last year, you can use EquityStat to generate IRS Form 8949.  IRS Form 8949 is a form that shows your short-term  and long-term capital gains on any investment sale.  EquityStat will automatically calculate these capital gains.  It will then generate a PDF of Form 8949 with all needed information that the IRS requires.  You can then give this form to your tax preparer when you are preparing your taxes.  To generate IRS Form 8949, click the Tools menu and then choose the Generate Form 8949 menuitem.

Use EquityStat To Print IRS Form 8949
IRS Form 8949 Example

Another tool to help you with your taxes is the ability to export your investment’s transactions to a spreadsheet. To export your transactions, click the Tools menu and then choose the Export Transactions menuitem. When you export your transactions, you will get a spreadsheet showing each transaction for the investment including the type of transaction it is (e.g. Buy, Sell, Dividend, etc). With this information, your tax preparer can calculate your taxable capital-gains and taxable dividends for all of your investments.