[gnucash-de] Re: security (stock, funds, bonds) features

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Mon Feb 14 17:49:38 EST 2005


Herbert Thoma <tma at iis.fhg.de> writes:

> Hi!
> We had some discussion about (missing) security features on the
> german list lately. This summary is for the records (i.e. please
> don't tell me that you are waiting for my patches ...).
> 1.: Prices entered in a stock or fund register window are not
> inserted into the pricedb. This can lead to incorrect balance
> sheet reports.

This is a known issue, but I dont think anyone has ever filed
a bug report about it.

> 2.: CnuCash can not handle bonds correctly. Bonds differ from
> stock or funds. You don't buy a certain number at a given price
> (in a currency). Instead you buy a certain par (or face) value
> at a given price in percent. Probably we need a new account
> type for this.

I've never dealt with bonds directly.  Question, when you buy bonds
don't you buy some quantity of them?  Don't you pay some quantity for
them?  E.g., don't you pay a total of $2400 for 12 bonds?

> 3.: You cannot relate dividend or interest payments to securities.
> This may cause incorrect portfolio reports. We would need to store
> a reference to the stock/fund/bond account in a dividend/interest
> income transaction to handle this.

I'm not sure if there's a good way to handle this besides a separate
income account per commodity to handle dividend/interest.  At least
that's what the QIF importer does to pull in QIF dividends.


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