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Subject: Re: Dow30 BI Performance Tracker thru May 31, 20 Date: 6/10/2014 4:31 PM
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At this point in time I have a massive spreadsheet (Excel 2013, 10.5MB) that takes me about one hour to update and double check my work each week. Honestly I am very proud of the work I have done to automate as much of the process as possible to balance speed and accuracy. I have paid a programmer to help me automate a few tasks from time to time, such as stock splits and delistings. I also have my process fully documented to keep track of each step to help reduce errors. While it still takes me about an hour each week to complete the update, I am performing the update for the complete 1700 listings, not just the S&P500. So I would say one hour for this amount of updating is pretty good.

Congratulations, Alltoofoolish! What you have accomplished is impressive. It takes me an hour each week to simply update the S&P 100 and DJIA.

You may already know this, but I handle splits with a method that divides a range of values in Excel by:

1. Entering "2" (for 2-for-1 splits) into any blank cell in the worksheet.

2. Select the cell and choose "Home, "Copy" or just Ctrl-C.

3. Select the range of values you want to divide and choose "Home." Then, click the "Paste Down Arrow" and then "paste Special."

4. On the Paste Special screen choose the "Divide" option and click "OK."

5. When you are finished blank the cell that contains the "2" you entered in step 1 and save your work.

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