Start simple. You didn't say which version of Quicken you are using. I
have Q2008 Deluxe, but there should be only minor variations in whatever
version you have.
Click Reports | Reports & Graphs Center | Net Worth (under Net Worth &
Balances) | Show Report. This should show you - onscreen - the Net Worth
Report as of today (10/9/07). Then go back to that same screen and change
the date in "Report balance as of:" to yesterday, 10/8/07, and see if the
bottom number is unexpectedly different from today. Get the report for each
prior day until you see one that takes a big jump. Then print out the two
successive days and compare them.
If the unexplained increase happened gradually over the 10-day period, you
may have some sleuthing to do. But it more likely happened on a single
transaction on a single day, and you should be able to quickly identify that
one day. And, by comparing those two days line by line, you should soon see
which line - whether asset or liability or something else - took the big
jump. By then you know which account and which day, so the rest of the
solution should be almost intuitive.
If John's hunch is right - and it probably is - an even easier approach is
just to click the Portfolio button. If you don't already use a "today's
quotes" "View", you should be able to click Customize View... and create one
quickly enough. The important columns to include, of course, are
Quote/Price, Shares and Market Value; Day Change or Day Gain/Loss may also
help focus on securities that took a jump in value. The default is for
Portfolio to show today's numbers; note the total at the bottom of the
Market Value column. Then change the "As of:" date to yesterday, then back
one day at a time until you see the big change in Market Value and in the
Quicken often fails to properly handle stock splits and other such
transactions, so watch for those.
Post back with details if you have more questions. And be sure to tell us
which version of Quicken.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
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