As an investor, it is important to know the latest state of the stock portfolio. We need to know what stocks currently owned in the portfolio, how many shares for each one, how much dividend or gain contributed so far by each stock, etc. As we have registered stock transactions in a spreadsheet with Google Sheets, we can easily have the latest update from the stock portfolio by using pivot tables and GOOGLEFINANCE function.

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## Use a pivot table to group transactions by symbols

The pivot table helps to see relationships between data points. To see how each stock contributes to the portfolio, we will create a pivot table that originated from the **Transactions** sheet.

- Select the
**Transactions**sheet. - Select the 5 columns
**A:E**. - In the menu at the top, click
**Data**and then**Pivot table**. - Select the newly created pivot table sheet, if it’s not already open.
- Rename the sheet as
**Positions**or as you prefer.

## Configure the pivot table Positions

The most essential information we want to know about a stock portfolio is how many shares there are for each stock. Let's configure then the pivot table **Positions** to answer that question based on data from the **Transactions** sheet:

- Select the
**Positions**sheet where the pivot table is located. - Select the cell
**A1**so that the*Pivot table editor*is displayed on the right-side panel. - In the
**Rows**section, click**Add**and select**Symbol**from the dropdown list. All symbols that appeared in transactions will be displayed in column**A**. Un-check the**Show totals**checkbox as it is not needed. - In the
**Values**section, click**Add**and select**Shares**from the dropdown list. To count the number of shares for each symbol, choose**Sum**in the**Summarize by**select box. - As a transaction of type dividend has also a number of shares greater than 0, it is hence necessary to ignore that type of transaction to count correctly the number of shares for each symbol.
In the
**Filters**section, click**Add**and select**Type**from the dropdown list. Select then only 2 types**BUY**and**SELL**so that only transactions of those types are selected for the pivot table.

As a result, the **Positions** sheet is now showing the number of shares for each stock in the portfolio. If the number of shares is 0, it means that stock was sold out from the portfolio. If the number of shares is greater than 0, it means that stock is still owned in the portfolio.

## Use GOOGLEFINANCE function to get real-time information for stocks

Having the number of shares for each stock in the portfolio is essential but it is not enough to manage efficiently the investment. We need to know the current price of each stock to evaluate how well each stock is performing. We might also need to know some basic financial information of companies to make a decision whether for buying or selling shares of a company.

Luckily, the built-in function GOOGLEFINANCE allows us to fetch that financial information directly into Google Sheets. For examples:

`=GOOGLEFINANCE("NASDAQ:TSLA","price")`

: Get the current price for the stock of Tesla Inc`=GOOGLEFINANCE("NASDAQ:TSLA","pe")`

: Get the current price / earning ratio for the stock of Tesla Inc`=GOOGLEFINANCE("NASDAQ:TSLA","low52")`

: Get the 52-week low price for the stock of Tesla Inc`=GOOGLEFINANCE("NASDAQ:TSLA","high52")`

: Get the 52-week high price for the stock of Tesla Inc`=GOOGLEFINANCE("NASDAQ:TSLA", "price", DATE(2018,1,1), TODAY(), "DAILY")`

: Get all daily close prices from 01/01/2018 until today for the stock of Tesla Inc

So for each line in the **Positions** sheet, we have the symbol on column **A**, its number of shares on column **B**, its transactions in the **Transactions** sheet and a powerful GOOGLEFINANCE function let's see what we can derive from them:

Column | Description | Formula |
---|---|---|

Price |
the current price of the symbol (delayed by up to 20 minutes according to the official documentation) | `=GOOGLEFINANCE(A2)` |

Market Value |
the current market value by multiplying the current price of the symbol and its current number of shares in the portfolio | `=B2*E2` |

Change |
how much the value for a stock has been changed since the previous trading's close | `=GOOGLEFINANCE(A2,"change")*B2` |

Change % |
The percentage change in value since the previous trading day's close. | `=GOOGLEFINANCE(A2,"changepct")/100` |

Low 52 |
The low-52 price | `=GOOGLEFINANCE(A2, "low52")` |

High 52 |
The high-52 price | `=GOOGLEFINANCE(A2, "high52")` |

P/E |
The price/earnings ratio | `=GOOGLEFINANCE(A2,"pe")` |

Total Buy |
the total money spent on buying shares of stock. It is computed by using SUMIFS to sum up all BUY transactions amount for that stock. |
`=SUMIFS(Transactions!D:D,Transactions!B:B,"BUY",Transactions!C:C,A2)` |

Total Sell |
the total money received by selling shares of stock. It is computed by using SUMIFS to sum up all SELL transactions amount for that stock. |
`=SUMIFS(Transactions!D:D,Transactions!B:B,"SELL",Transactions!C:C,A2)` |

Cost |
the total buy minus the total sell for the stock. If the current number of shares owned for a stock is 0, the cost will be the total buy amount. | `=IF(B2>0,ABS(I2+J2),ABS(I2))` |

Unit Cost |
the cost for each share of stock. | `=IF(B2>0,K2/B2,"")` |

Capital Gain |
the un-realized gain if all shares are sold out or the realized-gain if all shares were sold out. It is the sum of the total buy, the total sell, and the current market value. | `=I2+J2+H2` |

Capital Gain % |
The percentage of capital gain comparing to the cost | `=N2/K2` |

Total Dividend |
the accumulated dividend received by owning shares of a stock. | `=SUMIFS(Transactions!D:D,Transactions!B:B,"DIVIDEND",Transactions!C:C,A2)` |

Yield % |
the percentage of dividend comparing to the cost. | `=L2/ABS(K2)` |

The columns are arranged in the way where:

- The first 3 columns
**Symbol**,**Shares**, and**P/E**are fixed while scrolling horizontally or vertically. - The
**Low 52**,**Price**,**Unit Cost**, and**High 52**columns are close to each other to evaluate quickly the current price compared to its historical prices and its unit cost. - The
**Market Value**,**Total Buy**,**Total Sell**, and**Cost**columns are close to each other to evaluate quickly the distribution. - The
**Total Dividend**,**Yield %**,**Capital Gain**, and**Captial Gain %**columns are close to each other to evaluate quickly the performance.

## Conditional formatting columns

To have a good insight about the portfolio at a quick glance, we can apply conditional formatting for certain columns. As mentioned in their documentation, Google Sheets offers 2 types of conditional formatting, which are single color or color scale.

**Single Color**: The columns**Capital Gain**and**Change**will be applied to the type of conditional formatting as their values are absolute. If the cell's value is greater than 0, the cell's color is green. If the cell's value is less than 0, the cell's color is red.

**Color Scale**: The columns**P/E**,**Yield %**, and**Capital Gain %**will be applied to the type of conditional formatting as their values are relative. For instance, as the P/E is often used to evaluate how expensive a stock is, it is formatted such as the smaller it is, the greener is the cell's color.

## Demo

You can take a look at the sample spreadsheet in this post to have an idea of how the data is organized and related. It is possible to make a copy of the spreadsheet to study it thoroughly.

Let's see if the created **Positions** sheet can answer our questions at the beginning:

- What are the stocks presented in the portfolio?
*The column Symbol gives the answer.* - How many shares are there for each stock?
*The column Shares gives the answer. The ENGI stock has 0 shares meaning that it was sold out from the portfolio.* - How much does worth each stock?
*The column Market Value gives the answer.* - How much dividend has been earned so far for each stock?
*The column Total Dividend and Yield % give the answer.* - How much gain has each stock made so far?
*The column Capital Gain and Capital Gain % give the answer.*

## Note

To better understand the overall concept, please check out this post Create personal stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio.

## References

- GOOGLEFINANCE function in Google Sheets
- Google Sheets reference: SUMIFS
- Google Sheets reference: Pivot table

## Disclaimer

**The post is only for informational purposes and not for trading purposes or financial advice.**

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Awesome Work, need your help to understand Evolutions sheet. Is it manual work or you use any formula/settings to update Invested Money/Cash/Market Value/ Portfolio Value and Gain columns.

ReplyDeleteReally appreciate for your help.

Thanks.

I use a small Google Apps Script program to do some complex computation, such as generating automatically the stock portfolio's daily change and comparing it with alternative investments.

DeleteFor your information, I have explained in details how to create a personal stock portfolio with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio in this post. https://www.allstacksdeveloper.com/p/lion-stock-portfolio-tracker.html

I hope it can help you.