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Updates to the Portfolio service


Your data were migrated automatically; unlike the migration in February 2014, this include portfolio name, note, all historical transactions, thereby retaining your profit & loss figures. Of course we are not able to migrate transactions related to not listed securities as is not possible to include them in the new Portfolio.

Migrated portfolios can be identified as they will have ‘_old’ added to the end of their title.

Of course, you can change the names afterwards if you like.

A number of popular features from the old version of Portfolio, which were absent from the version released in 2014 are being reintroduced:

  • Ability to delete historical transactions.
  • Ability to specify the amount of commission paid per transaction.
  • Ability to add text notes to transactions.
  • Ability to specify the starting capital.
  • A ‘Detailed’ tab showing the same data as the old version.

In addition to the above, some brand new features are being introduced:

  • ‘Show/Hide Columns’ feature which gives you the ability to choose which columns are displayed on your portfolio.
  • A new, more streamlined layout, with ‘Current Value’, ‘Total Gain/Loss’ and ‘Change Today’ displayed prominently at the top of the page.
  • More standardised terms with definitions shown for many terms when you hover your mouse over them. More details on this below.
  • Ability to sort ‘Quantity’, ‘Name’, ‘Security Type’ and ‘Value’ from lowest to highest and from highest to lowest.

For Users of New Portfolio

Your data were migrated automatically; this include portfolio name, note, alerts, all historical transactions, thereby retaining your profit & loss figures. Of course we are not able to migrate transactions related to not listed securities as is not possible to include them in this version of the tool.

All calculations of taxes were removed from Portfolio, as recommended by a number of Portfolio users.

Please consider also we have assigned a fixed exchange rate to the “historical value” while in new Portfolio this change every day.

Approximation is two digits after the coma.

Retail Bonds price refers to 100 units. For example, if the price quoted above is £100, and you wish to add £1,000 worth of the bond to your portfolio, please enter 1000 in the quantity field.

For Users of Trading Simulator

Your data were migrated automatically; this include portfolio name, note, alerts, group and  all historical transactions, thereby retaining your profit & loss figures. Of course we are not able to migrate transactions related to not listed securities as is not possible to include them in this version of the tool.

All calculations of taxes were removed from Portfolio, as recommended by a number of Portfolio users.

Please consider also we have assigned a fixed exchange rate to the “historical value” while in new Portfolio this change every day.

Approximation is to two digits after the coma.

Retail Bonds price refers to 100 units. For example, if the price quoted above is £100, and you wish to add £1,000 worth of the bond to your portfolio, please enter 1000 in the quantity field.

Definitions of terms used

You may wish to familiarise yourself with the terms used in the forthcoming update by reading the definitions below:

Please see the definitions of terms used, as they appear on the page.

Summary table

Current Value – The current value of all securities held in your portfolio.

Cash – The amount of your portfolio not currently invested in securities, but held in cash.

Total Gain/Loss – The change in value of all of your holdings since you acquired them.

Change Today – The change today in the value of all of your holdings.

Realised P/L – This is the sum of your additional costs (commission etc.) incurred by purchasing securities and the profit or loss you’ve made on securities which you’ve sold from your portfolio.

Absolute Variation – The change in value of your holdings excluding all commission and additional costs paid.

Composition Table

TIDM – This is the ticker symbol. This will be blank for funds.

Type – This tells you the type of the security. The types available are: Stock, Bond (this includes retail bonds and gilts), ETF, ETP, Debt Sec. (Debt Security), CW (Covered Warrant, SP (Structured Product), Fund.

Price – This is the current price of the security, subject to a delay of at least 15 minutes. This field will display the last automatic or uncrossed trade for a security in SETS or the mid-price for a security in SEAQ, SEATS, AIM or an international security. If the stock has not had any trades or quotes during the current day, then the price shown is the most recent closing price available. If a closing price is not available for the previous day, then the most recent available one will be shown.

Time – This field will either show a time, ‘Mid Price’, or a date, in line with the rules outlined above.

+/- – This is the change today of a single unit of the security. This will always be in the currency the security is listed in.

+/-% – This is the percentage change today of a single unit of the security.

Average Purchase Price – The average price paid for a single unit of the security, inclusive of any additional costs entered.

Qty – The number of units you currently hold.

Original Cost – The original cost to acquire your holding. Price paid per security x quantity + additional costs.

Current Value – Current price x quantity held.

Total Gain/Loss – The change in value of your holding since you acquired it. This is the difference between the current value and the historical value.

Total Gain/Loss % – The percentage change in value of your holding since you acquired it. This is percentage difference between the current value and the historical value.

Transactions table

Price – The price paid for a single unit of the security. This does not include commission.

Debit/Credit – As used in the transaction history table, this refers to the total cost of the transaction, inclusive of commission.

Additional Costs – Any commission you’ve entered will be visible here.

Realised P/L – The amount of profit or loss made on this particular transaction. If you bought, this will just be your additional costs. If you sold, it will be the difference between your sale value and your average purchase price of the same quantity of this security.

Detailed Tab

Stocks / ETFs / ETPs / Retail bonds / Debt securities

Open – This is the price generated by the opening auction, if applicable. Certain securities will not display an opening price as they do not have an opening auction

Bid – The bid price is the buying price for securities in the market (i.e. the highest price any buyer is willing to pay for a specific tradable instrument at a given time). The investor will sell for this price.

Offer – The offer price is the selling price for securities in the market (i.e. the lowest price any seller has declared that they are willing to accept for a specific tradable instrument at a given time). The investor will buy for this.

High – This is today’s highest price.

Low – This is today’s lowest price.

Close – This shows the most recent available closing price. While the market is open, from 08:00 to 16:35, this will display the previous closing price.

Covered warrants / Structured products

A covered warrant is a financial product that gives the holder the right, but not the obligation, to either buy (call) or sell (put) an underlying asset at a predetermined price (exercise price) on or before a certain date in the future (expiry date). Find out more about covered warrants.

A structured product is a financial instruments issued by banks with varying terms, payouts and risk profiles tracking the performance of an underlying asset which can be equity, index, commodity, currency or a basket. Find out more about structured products.

TIDM – This is the ticker symbol

Underlying – The asset on which the covered warrant is based and derives its value. The underlying may be a security (such as shares), a share index (eg FTSE 100), a commodity or a currency. Some warrants are based on a ‘basket’ of underlyings, which gives an investor exposure to the performance of more than one security.

C/P – Call/Put. A call covered warrant gives the buyer (holder) the right, but not the obligation, to buy (to take delivery of) the underlying asset (from the issuer) on or before expiry day, at a pre-determined price (exercise or strike price). A put covered warrant gives the buyer (holder) the right but not the obligation to sell (deliver) the underlying asset (to the issuer) on or before expiry day, at a pre-determined price (exercise price). Structured products do not have a call/put, so this field will always be blank for structured products.

Strike Price/Currency – This is short for ‘Strike Currency/Price’. The ‘strike price is the price at which the investor may buy or sell the underlying during (if American style) or at the end of the expiry period (if European style). Also referred to as ‘expiry price’ and ‘exercise price’. It is known when the covered warrant is issued.

Maturity Date – The date at which the security can be redeemed.

Funds

Funds are not listed on the London Stock Exchange, but we display them on our website for informational purposes, as they are often comprised of instruments traded on the London Stock Exchange. Prices of funds are updated once per day.

Mid/NAV – Mid price/ Net Asset Value. Net asset value (NAV) represents a fund's per share market value.

 

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