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Well, I've made my first IRA investment ever - 15 shares of VFINX. Sure is a nice feeling to have taken that first step.

So I've created a portfolio for myself both at and here on the Fool. Both seem to work nicely. I'll play with them both in the days to come and see which one I like.

My problem is with Quicken 2000, the somewhat-off-topic subject of this posting. I've entered in the data as best I could, and it correctly shows that I spent $2000 on 15.971 shares of VFINX at $125.23 each. It also shows its correct current value - $2024.16 .

But whereas the Fool and Yahoo both show the correct return on my investment so far (1.21%), I can't for the life of me figure out how to get Quicken to tell me that. I can get the following information from it:

- 0.56% daily change in its value (correct)

- "The total performance of your portfolio is 7.58%" (No it's not! But it appears to be using the dates 1/1/99 - 12/31/99. Why??)

- "The total performance of your portfolio is 199.16%" (Don't I wish! I have no idea where that came from)

This is frustrating, because I upgraded from Quicken 95 Deluxe to 2000 Deluxe so I could use its latest features, including investment tracking. But there are SO many features and links within the program...and yet I still can't get the information I want.

So I'm hoping that some Quicken-using Fool will take pity on an off-topic message poster and tell me where I can get my portfolios performance in Quicken since November 1, not January 1
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