Corporate Action Maintenance: Impact on Cash-enabled Accounts

Throughout the month of April, the Portfolio team is conducting Maintenance for Dividend Ex- and Pay-Dates to better apply dividend ex, record and payment dates.

To properly complete this maintenance, it was necessary to reconstruct users who have enabled a "cash" account balances.

This means users who enabled a cash account may notice variances in their end-of-day balances. In some cases, this may result in a new, unexpected cash account balance:

  • Any deposit or withdrawal transactions you entered was preserved.
  • However, the system is now responsible for managing cash new transaction types arising from purchases, sales, and dividends.
  • As a result, any cash transaction related to a purchase, sale, or dividend was re-created.

Your new balance is mathematically correct, since all purchases, sales, and dividends are now accounted for. However, we realize the balance may not match your expectation. In that case, we'd encourage you to review the transaction history.

You have the following options:

  1. You can enter a deposit or withdrawal to adjust your balance.
  2. You can review, edit, or remove previous deposits or withdrawals.
  3. You can also configure stock, fund, and other positions to affect (or be excluded from affecting) cash account balances.

Reminder that cash accounts assemble a synthetic tabulation of a cash balance. The result is rebuilt data with a higher degree of accuracy. This work is now complete and your patience is appreciated.

Maintenance for Dividend Ex- and Pay-Dates

We are in the process of conducting Portfolio system maintenance to better apply dividend ex, record, and payment dates.

  • Presently, all dividends paid after January 2019 now carry both the correct pay- and ex-date within your Portfolio account.
  • This will also retroactively fix variance caused in Portfolio valuations that may have occurred in the past.
  • We will continue to process and test retroactive batch updates in the coming weeks to be the beginning of user transaction digitization.

There is no action required and no loss of service access. Thank you for your patience as we conduct this maintenance during the month of April.

Custom View - Income Data

Within the Portfolio tool it is now possible to keep track of income earned over time from dividends and distributions using "Custom Views". To enable income tracking:

Step 1. Select "Create/Edit Custom Views" from the main Views dropdown:

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Step 2. Create a view and open the "Portfolio" section. Select "Income Inception" and/or "Income YTD". Save.

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Step 3. Select your new Custom View.

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UPDATE: February 1, 2019

For investors looking to project future equity dividend income, we have launched "Income Forward". This option allows you to forecast the amount of dividend data you expect to receive in the upcoming calendar year.

This is calculated by multiplying the most-recently paid dividend times dividend frequency. For example, on a company paying $1 on a quarterly basis, if you held one share, your Income Forward would be $4.

Portfolio Summary Values Not Appearing

UPDATE: January 6, 2019

During year-end operational maintenance on the Globe Investor Portfolio tool we discovered an issue affecting year-end summary values for a percentage of users. This applied to computational balances and was not related to underlying instrument pricing:

  • This issue has been addressed and summary values should be successfully appearing in your Portfolio account. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
  • The fix will automatically be applied to your account and there is no action required.

Should you require immediate resolution please notify https://globeandmail.happyfox.com/new with the Subject "Summary Values Not Appearing" and we will escalate processing your account.

Note: this issue is not related to our Watchlist, Alerts, Tracker, Screener or Stock/Fund/Futures/Indices products, or the Globe Advisor ProStation tool.

PDF Report with Annual data launched

  • PDF Report with Annual data launched.
  • Terminology change = "Book Value" is now called "Cost Basis" in all locations.
  • For "Other" positions, enter valuations per unit or entire position.
  • Closing transactions can now be entered with a price of zero.

Portfolio UI (1.2.71)

  • The "% of Holdings" column is immediately recalculated when the "Exclude" checkbox is selected/de-selected. Previously, the "% of Holdings" would not update until a market data update was received.
  • The transaction listing modal (for an individual position) no longer attempts to retrieve all transactions for the position. Instead, it retrieves the 250 most recent transactions. Then, when scrolling to the bottom of the list, a button named "Load More Transactions" appears. Previously, if a position was composed of too many transactions, the modal would fail to load.
  • When the "Transactions" screen first loads (as opposed to the "Holdings" view), we only query for the date range displayed. Previously, we were downloading all transactions since inception.
  • The "Transactions" screen should now fail gracefully if the user enters an invalid date range (i.e. start date after end date).
  • The "Transactions" screen now properly handles a query for a date range which contains no transactions.
  • Inserting, editing, or removing transactions can cause the underlying transaction history to be recalculated. For example, if the shares of stock purchased is increased, subsequent dividend payment amounts will also increase, and profit and loss calculations for future periods are adjusted, and related cash transaction amounts are changed. Depending on the number of transactions associated with a position, this can take a substantial amount of time to process. Most often, cash transaction histories are the longest, since transactions for equities/funds/other positions generate cash transactions for a single cash position). Consequently, when a new/removed/edited transaction affects cash, the cash transaction history is rewritten offline. The transaction will complete normally and all balances will be correct; however, the sequencing of cash transactions happens asynchronously. This is signified by an icon icon next to the affected positions. New transactions cannot be entered until this lock is resolved.
  • Popup close buttons (i.e. “X” buttons) have been replaced, [ESC] key re-enabled.
  • The Transaction Page (which allows you to query transactions for the entire portfolio) now limits your query to a two year period. In practice, this prevents the user from choking the server/client with a request that will contain tens of thousands of transactions.
  • Calculation of annual profit/loss for 2016 (i.e. two years ago) is improved.
  • The column for 2016 was improperly showing losses in the color green.
  • A quirk existed which caused a position to be valued using a previous day's price immediately after editing. This was most obvious after normal market hours, because any move in the market corrected the valuation.
  • An error could occur while editing an INCOME transaction for an OTHER position. This has been fixed.

Improved Printing

  • To improve the result of printing in Profile we removed the Globe and Mail header, advertising and other page elements to make better use of space

Reorder Transaction Modal

  • When viewing the Transactions popup/modal entries are displayed most-recent to oldest
  • Previously the default view was oldest-to-newest

$ Values on Price Price Performance Tab

  • On the default data filter "Price Performance" percentage figures are now also accompanied by actual dollar figures

Historical Total Return Calculations

  • Historical Total Returns (2017, 2016) were flagged as incorrect for a percentage of users due an unexpected bug in our systems
  • This fix was applied automatically and there is no action required on your part

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