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How to convert column index into letters with Google Sheets

How to convert column index into letters with Google Sheets

In Google Sheets, rows are indexed numerically, starting from 1, but columns are indexed alphabetically, starting from A. Hence, it is pretty straightforward to work with rows and trickier to work with columns as we need to convert between column index and corresponding letters. For example, what are the letters of column 999th in Google Sheets? In this post, we will look at how to convert a column index into its corresponding letters by using the built-in functions of Google Sheets. What are letters of the column 999th in a spreadsheet? Unfortunately, Google Sheets does not provide a ready-to-use function that takes a column index as an input and returns corresponding letters as output. However, there is a little trick of combining other available built-in functions to do the task. In Google Sheets, there is the ADDRESS function that returns the cell reference, according to the specified row index (first parameter) and column index (second parameter) in the input. For example,
How to copy data in Google Sheets as HTML table

How to copy data in Google Sheets as HTML table

I often need to extract some sample data in Google Sheets and present it in my blog as an HTML table. However, when copying a selected range in Google Sheets and paste it outside the Google Sheets, I only get plain text. In this post, I explain how to copy data in Google Sheets as an HTML table by writing a small Apps Script program.
Compare stock portfolio to compound interest saving account

Compare stock portfolio to compound interest saving account

In investing, it is important to define the target that we want to achieve. Many investors like to compare their portfolios with a market index, but is outperforming the market index a good target? It is not a quantitative target to be measurable as market indexes fluctuate daily. I, personally, aim only for 10% growth a year. If at the end of the year, I see my portfolio grows 10%, I am pleased with that result no matter that S&P500 grows 50% the same year. To see if my stock portfolio grows in line with the 10% target, I choose to compare it to a saving account with the same interest. In this post, I will show you how to use a fictive saving account with daily compound interest as the target to benchmark a stock portfolio. Idea Computation Visualization Evolution of target saving account with 5% annual compound interest Evolution of target saving account with 10% annual compound interest Evolution of target saving account with 15% annual compound interest Conclusion
Demo stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio

Demo stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio

I am happy to announce the release of LION stock portfolio tracker. It is a personal stock portfolio tracker built with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio. The stock portfolio's transactions are managed in Google Sheets and its performance is monitored interactively on a beautiful dashboard in Google Data Studio. You can try with the demo below and follow the LION stock portfolio tracker guide to create your own personal stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio. Demo dashboard Demo spreadsheet Guide Disclaimer Demo dashboard Demo spreadsheet Guide LION Stock Portfolio Tracker - Guide Disclaimer The post and the LION stock portfolio tracker are only for informational purposes and not for trading purposes or financial advice. It is your responsibility to use the LION stock portfolio tracker for managing your investment. I shall not be liable for any damages relating to your use of the LION stock portfolio tracker.
Compare stock portfolio to market indexes

Compare stock portfolio to market indexes

As investors, we always want to see our portfolio grows over time. If a portfolio made a 1000$ of gain in one year, is it good enough? Should we gauge the portfolio's performance against an alternative investment, for instance, a market index? Should we aim to beat that index? In this post, we will see how to compare a stock portfolio to market indexes by using Google Sheets, Apps Script, and Google Data Studio. Select market indexes to compare Method to compare Guides Prepare data with Google Sheets and Apps Script Visualize benchmark in Google Data Studio Demo Conclusion Note References Select market indexes to compare In the context of stock investment, investors can compare the performance of their portfolios over a period of time with an alternative investment such as a market index, a portfolio of another investor, or even a single stock if they don't want any diversification, etc. In general, a market index is a good benchmark because it represents t
Compute daily evolutions of a stock portfolio with Google Sheets and Apps Script

Compute daily evolutions of a stock portfolio with Google Sheets and Apps Script

When it comes to investment, it is not only important to know the up-to-date state of portfolio but also to track its evolution day by day. We need to know on a specific day, how much money has been invested in the portfolio, the current market value of owned shares, the available cash and the current profit. Visualizing those historical data points on a time-based graph helps us to identify which transactions were good and which were bad. This post shows how to compute automatically those historical data points by using data in Transactions sheet and the built-in GOOGLEFINANCE function of Google Sheets. A sample spreadsheet can be found in this post Demo stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets . You can take a look at the sample spreadsheet 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.

Demo stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets

As explained in the post Create personal stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio , a personal stock portfolio tracker consists of 2 main elements: a spreadsheet in Google Sheets and an interactive dashboard in Google Data Studio. You can take a look at the sample spreadsheet below 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. NOTE: An enhanced version was published at Create personal stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio . Make a copy Note Disclaimer Make a copy Click here to make a copy Note To better understand the overall concept, please check out this post Create personal stock portfolio tracker with Google Sheets and Google Data Studio . Disclaimer The post is only for informational purposes and not for trading purposes or financial advice.
Manage Stock Transactions With Google Sheets

Manage Stock Transactions With Google Sheets

The first task of building a stock portfolio tracker is to design a solution to register transactions. A transaction is an event when change happens to a stock portfolio, for instance, selling shares of a company, depositing money, or receiving dividends. Transactions are essential inputs to a stock portfolio tracker and it is important to keep track of transactions to make good decisions in investment. In this post, I will explain step by step how to keep track of stock transactions with Google Sheets.

Google Apps Script tips and tricks

When working with Google Apps Script, there are some tasks that I need to perform quite often. For that, I create a list of snippets that I can easily copy whenever needed. In this post, I share my useful snippets and my tips and tricks when working with apps script. If you have any snippet/tip/trick, you can share in the comment section. Effective use of the GOOGLEFINANCE function to get historical prices of stocks in a spreadsheet (Sheets, Apps Script) Clean empty cells for a sheet (Sheets, Apps Script) Get letter for a column index (Sheets, Apps Script) Copy a sheet as HTML table (Sheets, Apps Script) Add a menu on opening a spreadsheet (Sheets, Apps Script) Hide a sheet by name (Sheets, Apps Script) Show a sheet by name (Sheets, Apps Script) Create a new sheet or clear content of an old sheet if exists (Sheets, Apps Script) Effective use of the GOOGLEFINANCE function to get historical prices of stocks in a spreadsheet (Sheets, Apps Script) As I manage my stock port
Monitor stock portfolio with Google Sheets (Pivot table and GOOGLEFINANCE function)

Monitor stock portfolio with Google Sheets (Pivot table and GOOGLEFINANCE function)

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. Use a pivot table to group transactions by symbols Configure the pivot table Positions Use GOOGLEFINANCE function to get real-time information for stocks Conditional formatting columns Demo Note References 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