How to handle sale of partial lots of stock?

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed Mar 15 13:18:38 EST 2006

You should read the concepts guide.


Quoting John Schoffstall <john.schoffstall at>:

> Greetings! Running 1.8.10 on Debian etch. New GnuCash user, new list 
> user, new Linux user.
> I've been climbing the GnuCash learning curve for the past week, been 
> happy with the software, and making good progress until now. I've hit 
> a snag I can't get past, though.
> How do you sell a partial lot of stock -- e.g., selling only 100 of 
> 200 owned shares -- without unbalancing your balance sheet? I've 
> tried creating two lots, each of 100 shares and only selling one, but 
> that still whacks the balance sheet.
> The examples in the docs all seem to show only the purchase and sale 
> of equivalent amounts. I've googled the net and the mailing list 
> archives, but can't find an answer I can understand.
> This is a common situation; there must be an answer. Can anyone help?
> == John
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