Create or Import Portfolio

You can either enter in a portfolio from scratch, or import one that has been exported from your brokerage house. To learn about connecting your Stock Rover portfolio to your brokerage account, see our Brokerage How-To.

Create a New Portfolio in Stock Rover

There are four ways to create a new portfolio: with the Portfolio manager, by trading a stock in the Table, by saving the Table as a portfolio, and by saving all tickers with the same tag as a portfolio. Every time you create a portfolio, you will have the option of selecting a start date for the portfolio, which will allow the Portfolio Analysis facility to track your portfolio’s performance. Note that Basic members can only track simple portfolios without history (portfolios that are simply a list of current positions), while Premium members can add or import a history or portfolio positions or trades.

With the Portfolio Manager

There are two ways to reach the Portfolio Manager. The first way is to use the Start menu, just click ‘Create a Portfolio’ in the Start menu, or search for this item with the search box.

new portfolio from start menu

You will be prompted to either enter positions for your portfolio, or to import a portfolio. Click the ‘Enter Positions’ on the left, and you will be brought to the Portfolio Manager.

select import or enter positions

The second way to reach the Portfolio Manager is to right-click on ‘My Portfolios’ in the Navigation panel and select ‘Create’.

new portfolio from drop-down menu

In the manager (shown below), you can edit the name and notes of the portfolio in Step 1. In Step 2, you can add positions or change the ‘Position as of’ date.

portfolio manager

When you edit positions, you are editing the list of positions on any given date (the date selected where it says ‘Positions as of’). By default, the selected date will be today or the most recent trading day. Change the date to enter positions on a historical date. Each date you enter positions for is called a “date record.” You can then enter in the ticker symbol, a quantity, and cost per share, as well as your cash position. The ‘Price’ column will always show the current price of the ticker (if the start-date is the current date), or the closing price of the ticker on the selected date. See below for an example of this. In Step 3 you can create the portfolio. If you want to enter multiple date records, you will first have to create the portfolio after creating one date record by clicking ‘Create’ and then return to the portfolio editor.

portfolio manager

By Trading a Stock in the Table

The second way to create a portfolio is to right-click any stock in the Table and select ‘Trade in Portfolio’ from the drop-down menu.

drop-down list in Table for new portfolio

This will bring up a window that allows you to trade the stock into an existing portfolio, or into a new portfolio. Click the ‘New’ button and you will be able to name the portfolio, choose if you want to buy or sell the stock, choose a starting date for the portfolio, as well as add in the quantity and buy price. Click the ‘Adjust Cash’ box to have the cost or purchase automatically reflected in the portfolio’s cash position.

small create new portfolio box

You can create an equal allocation portfolio by selecting several tickers in the Table and right-clicking to trade in the portfolio. You can choose to “Buy All Equally” in a new portfolio and specify and amount for each ticker.

By Saving the Table as a Portfolio

The third way to create a portfolio is by saving all of the stocks listed in the Table as a portfolio. To do this, click the ‘Actions’ button in the Table’s toolbar, mouseover ‘Save’ from the drop-down menu, and choose to save the table as a portfolio.

saving the table as a portfolio

This will bring up the following window, where you can name your portfolio and add a buy date For further editing, follow the ‘Click to Customize’ link, which will bring you to the Portfolio Manager.

small create new portfolio box

By Saving Tagged Tickers as a Portfolio

The fourth way to create a portfolio is to save a set of tickers with a common tag as a portfolio. To do this, right-click any stock in the table, mouseover ‘Tag,’ and click ‘Manage Tags.’

manage tags

This will bring you to the tag manager. Select a tag on the left to display the tagged tickers on the right. Then, click the ‘Save’ button in the top-right and choose to save the tagged tickers as a portfolio.

saving tagged tickers

Import a New Portfolio

In Stock Rover it is possible to import a portfolio that is in either a .csv or .txt format, which means that you can import portfolios from most brokerage houses, as well as those that have been exported from Stock Rover. You can also import a portfolio from the Stock Rover’s Investors’ Library. For more information on the Investors’ Library, please see the relevant section of the help documentation. Please note that you cannot combine two portfolios by importing one into the other.

Note to Mac users: You may need to save your .csv or .txt portfolio file as a Windows CSV file from Excel before importing.

For users that trade at Fidelity, Schwab and TD Ameritrade, Stock Rover supports direct import of their exported data. More brokerage houses will be supported in the future. Note that TD Ameritrade exports their CSV file with an XLS extension. It is OK to to import the XLS file in this specific case.

There are a couple of different ways of importing a portfolio that is stored outside of Stock Rover. You can click the ‘Create a Portfolio’ link in the start menu or the right click menu in ‘My Portfolios’, and then select ‘Import a Portfolio’ in the following screen.

importing portfolio through start menu

This will bring up the Portfolio Manager. In Step 1, click ‘Browse’ to navigate to the file that you want to import, and the portfolio as read by Stock Rover will be loaded into the portfolio manager. Select an ‘As Of’ date for the start of the portfolio, which will be used to keep track of your historical positions, as well as be utilized in the Portfolio Analysis facility.

navigating to portfolio file to import

From here, in Step 2 you can look over the portfolio to ensure it was read correctly, and make any changes as needed. If it was read correctly, click ‘Import’ button in Step 3, and the portfolio will be added under ‘My Portfolios’ in the Navigation panel.

Update a Portfolio

You can update the positions of a portfolio through the Portfolio Manager. Please note that on a linked portfolio, you can’t update the positions, you can only view them.

Update Portfolio Positions

If you’d like to update your positions, you must do this through the Portfolio Manager. Right-click the portfolio that you want to update in the Navigation panel and select ‘Update’ from the drop-down menu.

select update in portfolio drop-down menu

You can also click ‘Update Portfolio’ in the Start menu, then select a portfolio to modify. Either of these steps will bring up the Portfolio Manager, which will contain the portfolio data as of the current date (though you can switch the date with the date box). In Step 1 you can change the name or notes of the portfolio, (or switch to a different portfolio by selecting from the drop-down menu.) In Step 2, update the position date with the pull-down menu that says ‘Position as of’, called out below. You can also edit the Cash Position, called out below in the bottom left of the screen.

portfolio manager

Click ‘Update’ when you are done. The window will close unless you’ve unchecked the ‘Close Window After Update’ box, which allows you modify positions on several dates in the same session.

You can also import new positions that have been exported from your brokerage house as a new date record. To do this, first select the date for the positions in the date box. Next, click the ‘Import’ button and navigate to the file with your portfolio positions. Once imported, these positions will be entered into the selected date record. Please note that this will not combine your positions with those that are already in the portfolio, but instead will override them.

Buy or Sell a Stock from the Table

You can also enter a trade into your portfolio directly from the Table. To do so, right-click a stock in the Table and select ‘Trade in Portfolio’ from the drop-down menu.

right-click stock to add to portfolio

This will bring up a box (shown below) where you can choose the destination portfolio (or create a new one), choose if you want to buy or sell the stock, select the date for the transaction, select the quantity and buy price (the buy price defaults to the current price, or the closing price if a date other than the current date is selected). The ‘Total’ will update to reflect the value of the transaction, and you can also choose to have your portfolio’s cash position automatically adjusted by clicking the ‘Adjust cash’ box.

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