I set about creating a way to track my own dividend stocks and the response from users have been fantastic. I think that more can benefit from knowing this and know that I will look into ways to improve upon it.
Here are some of the reasons why I think you should give it a try.
It is FREE
Unlike Microsoft Excel, or another paid app, this stock portfolio tracker makes use of Google Spreadsheet.
All you require is a Google Account.
Stock Prices Auto Updates Periodically
Your stock prices gets pulled from Google Finance or Yahoo Finance. The response from Google Finance is faster, while there is a 20 min delay for Yahoo Finance.
This means that you do not have to always key in the latest stock prices!
It tracks international stocks as well as US stocks
Most stock tracking software are catered more to a US market or a Niche country. Yahoo Finance provides stock prices for many international markets.
If you are able to find the quote on Yahoo Finance you could probably monitor it.
Suited for Long Term Investors
This application is not so much for the traders (though you guys can modify it to your liking) but for long term investors who wants to monitor their stocks through a long period and see their returns and losses at a glance.
Track your Stocks by Transactions
For long term investors, you will have many buys and sells, and you will have a lot of dividends, the occasional stock splits. Wouldn’t it be great if the application tracks by transactions? This application does.
Takes care of many types of transactions
This application enables you to enter buys, sells, dividends, stock splits, rights issues, bonus shares, dividend reinvestments.
No short sell though.
Calculates the average cost of units sold
One problem with coming out with your own spreadsheet is you need to figure out how to calculate if you sell 3000 out of 10000 shares what is your average cost. This spreadsheet does that.
Aggregates Gains and Losses of your Transactions, Stock Cost and Current Market Value
The Stock Summary section aggregates the transactions to their stocks. You will be able to see your unrealized gains/losses, realized gains/losses, how much dividends are collected, your current cost on units, current cost and market value.
Compare dividend yield on cost versus current market yield
For dividend investors, you may be interested to know what is your average yield on the shares you owned and what is the current yield should you buy it today.
Dividend per share prices are not automatic, but you can grab them off other information portal and input them here.
Review your forecasted dividends collected annually
Set up well and you can see at a glance your forecasted dividend returns based on your total yield on cost.
Review your Yearly Gains/Losses and Dividends Collected
You can review your returns by year or by month.
If you are an excel or spreadsheet nut, the sky is the limit. I am not really good with spreadsheets but if you are you could even make it better (hope you will share with me how to do it as well!)
Edit it with your spouse, business partner, friends or followers!
As this is a Google Spreadsheet you can have your spouse and yourself maintain one single portfolio.
The same can be done with business partners as well.
You can set whether they are able to view or edit.
With the Link to Share you can share it with your followers as well
Publish your stock records in different ways!
If you are a blogger you can share your records with your readers. If you want to keep hard copy you can do so as well
Publish as a web page. Do not need to login
Google spreadsheet enables you to publish as a website for all to view. If you do not want to always login and view, this is a good medium
View it on your phone!
Because you can publish it as a site, you can always quickly view your portfolio at a glance.
Save it as a PDF Report
You can also published it as a PDF report if you want to share with others
Here is a sample report: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah2uvISuDwSedDMzNW9uRlp3MUp4WjNxdmhWRjcza2c&output=pdf
How to get it
This stock portfolio tracker can be copied from the original copy.
The detail instructions how to use it can be found in this [article here >]
I will be looking into how to improve it. Users have given me many suggestions. Some of them doable and others are beyond my powers.
Hopefully folks find this useful.
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