Value of stocks in reports?

Chris Good chris.good at
Sun Oct 23 00:11:35 EDT 2016

> Message: 11
> Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:44:08 -0700
> From: John Ralls <jralls at>
> To: prl <prl at>
> Cc: gnucash-user at
> Subject: Re: Value of stocks in reports?
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> > On Oct 22, 2016, at 6:12 PM, prl <prl at> wrote:
> >
> > I'm not sure whether this is an accounting question or a Gnucash
> but when I look in some assets reports (Asset Barchart/Piechart, Balance
> Sheet, Net Worth Barchart/Piechart), the displayed value of the stocks we
> hold is the Basis, not the Value (as given in the Advanced Portfolio
> That isn't what I'd expect. I'd expect the current value of the stocks to
> in assets reports, not what it cost to buy the shares.
> >
> > Is that what Gnucash is supposed to report (i.e. is my expectation of
> report incorrect), or is this a Gnucash error?
> >
> > Is there some way to get reports like Net Worth to use the current value
> stocks rather than the basis?
> >
> It's what you should expect for the accounting reports. The book value of
> asset is what you pay for it (less depreciation where that applies). Only
> certain financial institutions are supposed to adjust their book values to
> reflect market prices, and those institutions would be nuts to use
> There are other reports (net worth, portfolio and advanced portfolio) and
> displays (notably the Accounts page) that show market value of assets, but
> those are for entertainment value, not for accounting.
> Net worth is one of the reports that does use market value if you set
> up correctly. First, as you probably know you must populate the price
> database with current prices. Second, you must set the report option Price
> Source on the General tab to Nearest in time.
> Regards,
> John Ralls

Hi Prl,

I happen to know from testing this yesterday that the Asset Barchart (Assets
Over Time) is another report
that will report market values  using prices from the price database rather
than cost values if you select price source Nearest In Time.
A quick look at the report source also leads me to believe the price
database is used if you use 'Most Recent', although I don't see much value
in that.

Regards, Chris Good
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