OFX Transaction Matching [Was: Re: Another one unhappy with quickfill]

Mike C. subscribe307 at verizon.net
Tue Jan 18 08:33:30 EST 2011

As a suggestion for an upgrade, I miss the investment analysis that
Quicken provided.  It would be a benefit to have the ability to provide
a list of investments and their internal rate of return for a specified
period and gain or loss for each investment.
On 1/17/2011 11:37 AM, Mike Leone wrote:
> On 1/17/2011 12:23 PM, Jeff Kletsky wrote:
>> Thanks for the suggestions -- reports of any other annoyances would be 
>> most welcome before I dive into the code in a few weeks.
>> One of the things that I am considering is improving the UI and code so 
>> that potential matches are shown and can be selected.
>> I often have similar transactions for the same payee that are matched to 
>> the same journal transaction. With parking meters taking credit cards 
>> now in San Francisco, this is going to be even more of an issue.
> I use my debit card to pay for most things in the same way. Saves me
> from having to carry cash.
>> Another problem is the "auto-match" matching something that isn't even 
>> close to what it should be. I have a suspicion that some of it is that a 
>> match on "Account unknown Bank unknown" is treated as a "positive match" 
>> even though it is pretty meaningless.
> In my case, I have a number of scheduled transfers that occur from my
> local bank checking account to an account at ING Direct (an online bank)
> - scheduled from my bank, not in GNUCash. And of course, the matcher has
> no idea what to do, since all the transactions say "ING Direct" and
> "Generic debit". That's understandable, since the OFX transaction
> doesn't list the account number of the ING account, which would make the
> job of transaction matching a lot easier.
> But the amount is the same, week after week. Ideally, the matcher should
> (hopefully) see that recently there was an transaction to ING for $11,
> and that the account was "Savings for new TV", and suggest that. And
> since the amounts vary, it shouldn't suggest that account if the amount
> is $12 (since that's the weekly amount that transfers to the account
> "Savings for new camera").
> I realize that is almost certainly more difficult than it looks like
> (most programming is, and I haven't done any programming since the early
> 90s). But it would help me a lot. Especially since I don't use GNUCash's
> scheduled transactions.
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