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Portfolio Help - FAQs


The London Stock Exchange Portfolio Service gives you all the tools you need to monitor your investments. Different valuation views are available showing a wide range of data and news stories for all the stocks in each portfolio.

You can create up to ten portfolios and view a detailed log of all transactions including cash deposits and withdrawals. You can monitor the performance of your portfolios, chart the performance of the various constituents of your portfolios and compare them against any industry sector (e.g. Oil and gas) or index (e.g. FTSE 100).

Our alerts service will also notify you when the value of your portfolio reaches certain targets and/or send you a daily e-mail summary (see Alerts Help).

You’ll need to be registered and logged in before you can set up portfolios.

Creating a new portfolio

To create a new portfolio, click on the ‘Create new’ button at the top of the Valuation Summary page. Enter a name for your new portfolio in the portfolio name field and then click on the ‘Create new portfolio’ button. You will then be returned to the Valuation Summary page and you can then add Equities, Investment Trusts, ETF’s, Cash or Covered Warrants (by selecting this from the drop down box) to this portfolio by clicking on either the ‘Add new transaction’ or ‘Add cash transaction’ buttons (see Adding and editing transactions).

You may create up to 10 portfolios, with up to 40 securities in each.

Viewing portfolios

To switch between different portfolios, select the portfolio you wish to view from the ‘Selected portfolio’ dropdown box, which appears on each page.

Renaming a portfolio

If you want to change the name of any of your portfolios, select the portfolio from the portfolio dropdown box and click on the ‘Rename’ button. A pop up window will appear where you can enter a new name for your portfolio. Click on the ‘Rename’ button to save your changes.

Deleting a portfolio

If you want to delete any of your portfolios, select the portfolio from portfolio dropdown box and click on the ‘Delete’ button. A pop up window will appear confirming the name of the portfolio that you have selected, giving you the option to cancel if you have selected the wrong portfolio or to permanently delete it.

Summary page

The Valuation Summary page displays an overview of your portfolio including the name of each holding, the quantity, the price paid, the currency (see Glossary for explanation), the change on the day, an arrow indicating a rise or a fall on the day, the percentage change, the value of that holding, the change in value on the day and the total profit and loss since purchase. Most numerical columns are ordered chronologically but can be reordered by clicking on the arrow at the top of the column. From this page you can also view a chart for each stock or the latest 10 news stories.

The relevant currency that the stock is traded in is displayed. However, the total portfolio value is calculated in GBX and this can be changed by using the currency drop down box. Currency data is supplied by Telekurs and is updated daily.

Today’s news stories relating to stocks in your portfolio are displayed beneath the valuation table. You can also link to charts, free annual reports (if available) and webcasts (if available).

The "Price" field on the Summary page of the new Portfolio service is the last automatic trade or uncrossing price for a security in SETS or the mid-price for a security in SEAQ, SEATS, AIM or an international security.

The change and % change are based on the difference between this price and the previous close.

The Value and P&L figures are based on the Bid price, which is a more accurate indication of what you would get if you sold the shares. However the value shown does not include any reduction for broker fees or stamp duty.

Bid and Offer prices can be found on the Detailed view.

Detailed page

The Valuation Detailed page gives you an alternative view of your portfolio with different data fields including currency, price, bid, offer, open, high, low, close, value and value change. Again, the securities can be reordered by clicking on the arrow at the top of the column.

N.B. The portfolio valuation and profit/loss figures are based on the Bid price (15 minute delayed) so represent an accurate picture of what you would actually achieve if you sold the stock.

History page

You can monitor the performance of any portfolio by looking at the Valuation History page, which shows a chart of your portfolio valuation since 1997. Moving the mouse over this chart dynamically displays the portfolio value on different dates in the row beneath the chart. Beneath this is a table that illustrates the total value of shares bought, total value of shares sold, total cash deposits, total cash withdrawals and current portfolio value.

Transactions page

The Portfolio Transactions page provides a detailed log of all the transactions relating to the selected portfolio. This includes purchase and sale of securities as well as cash deposits and withdrawals. You can add stock or cash to your portfolio by clicking on either the ‘Add new transaction’ or ‘Add cash transaction’ buttons (see Adding and editing transactions).

At the top of this page is a simple Transaction Summary table. The ‘Total value of shares bought’ and the ‘Total value of shares sold’ are gross figures and do not include deductions for Broker Fees or Stamp Duty.

Adding a new transaction: Equities and Funds

To add a new transaction, click on the ‘Add new transaction’ button. You will need to select whether it is a buy or sell, then select the security by clicking on the Search icon and searching for the relevant stock. You then need to select the date of the transaction from the dropdown boxes (it will default to today’s date), followed by the quantity, the price paid and any additional costs you want to record such as broker fees and stamp duty. At this stage you can also add any notes that relate to this transaction such as the reason for buying or a target price. Click on the ‘Add transaction’ button to save these details, which you will be able to view on the Transactions page.

Adding a new transaction: Covered Warrants

To add a new transaction, click on the ‘Add new transaction’ button. You will need to select the security by clicking on the search icon and searching for the relevant Warrant. You then need to add the transaction type, the add the date, the number of units and the cost per unit. In part 5, you can add any additional costs you want to record such as broker fees and stamp duty. Finally you can also add any notes that relate to this transaction such as the reason for buying or a target price.

Adding a cash transaction

To add a cash transaction, click on the ‘Add cash transaction’ button and then select the date of the transaction from the dropdown boxes (again it will default to today’s date). Then choose between a deposit or withdrawal, enter the cash amount (in pounds) and click on the ‘Add transaction’ button to confirm.

Editing a transaction

If you want to edit any existing transactions, click the ‘Edit’ icon at the right of the transaction table, which will show you the original details of the transaction which you can then amend or add a note to before clicking on the ‘Edit transaction’ button.

Deleting a transaction

If you want to delete any existing transactions, click the ‘Delete’ icon at the right of the transaction table, which will then ask you to confirm this deletion by clicking on ‘OK’ or cancel it by clicking ‘Cancel.

Viewing a note

If you have added a note against a transaction, click on the ‘Note’ icon at the right of the transaction to view it.

Charts page

You can further analyse your portfolio by going to the Portfolio chart page. This plots the performance of your portfolio over different configurable time periods and allows you to compare the overall portfolio performance against the individual securities as well as industry sectors (e.g. Oil and Gas) and indices (e.g. FTSE 100).

Charts

The shareprice charts on the site require you to have the latest version of Java installed on your PC. Click on the image below to go to the Java website, from there you can easily upgrade your Java version, free of charge:

Use the dropdown boxes below the chart to select the securities that you want to form part of the comparison (up to a maximum of six) and then click on the ‘Apply’ button. You will then see all the instruments you have selected appear on the chart. Moving the mouse over this chart dynamically displays the value of all instruments on the chart at different dates in the row beneath the chart.

To zoom in on a particular section of the chart, click and drag your mouse across the chart. To zoom out, double click anywhere on the chart.

Portfolio alerts

You can create Portfolio target email alerts or set up daily Portfolio summary emails from the Email alerts section of this website (see Alerts help).

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