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Q: Does Investment Account Manager Accurately Derive Investment Performance?

Investment Account Manager calculates the modified IRR method to derive the internal rate of return for investment performance. This method calculates return for the period taking into effect the exact timing of each external cash flow. The model properly weights the timing of cash flows (additions/ withdrawals) for a portfolio or an individual asset, for a selected date range, to provide the return calculation. [CFA Institute Handbook Second Edition]. Investment Account Manager also allows users to store monthly, quarterly or annual IRR results of portfolios, and then geometrically link these returns for any sequential period for time weighting of sub-period IRR results. 

Q: Does Investment Account Manager Allow For Multiple Portfolio Management?

Yes. Investment Account Manager is specifically designed to easily track an unlimited number of portfolios.  If you have different types of portfolios: i.e. taxable accounts, IRAs, trust accounts, children accounts, etc., IAM will maintain a distinct portfolio for each account you own. You can collectively report on any/all portfolios using the IAM's report setup features.
Q: What sort of asset types can be managed using Investment Account Manager?

As a comprehensive portfolio management software program, Investment Account Manager offers investment tracking features for a variety of asset types: cash, money market funds, cash equivalents such as t-bills and CD's, US Governments, agencies, tax-exempt bonds, corporate bonds, preferred stocks, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, common stocks, options, and other investments. In the case of options, IAM is able to handle: opening buy, closing sale, opening sale, closing buy, assigned, exercised, and expired transactions.
The Investment Account Manager 3 Individual (IAM) User License allows our customers to install IAM on up to three computers for personal use.  It also allows for the reinstallation of IAM in the event of computer malfunction, or installation to a new replacement computer.  The steps below can be used for reinstall/new install/second install. 

  • First, make certain you have a recent backup of your current IAM3 Individual data.  This is required for new installation/reinstallation. Your current installation of IAM3 must reflect an active support policy (if after 1 year of the date of the original purchase). If you have yet to make a recent backup, start IAM3 and use the File Menu | Backup Data choice.

  • Backup your data files, which includes your current support license activation, to a removable/portable drive, i.e. a plug-in drive.  Set this aside for reinstallation.

  • Next, download from our web site the most recent IAM3 trial version for reinstall/new install/second install purposes to the destination computer.

  • Start the trial version and while in demo mode with the supplied demo data showing, select the File Menu | Restore Data choice.  Use the button labeled 'Select Backup' to locate the proper drive letter for the removable/portfolio drive used to make the backup.
  • Selected the most recently create backup file.  Then verify all your prior portfolios are listed for the restore process.  Select all portfolios and also be sure to select the check box to include the backup asset library. Then select the option to restore all.

That's all there is to it. If your backup includes an active support policy, the restore process will migrate all your backup data, as well as convert the demo to a full version, under your original user license.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at
General Discussion / Re: Finding all "mis-priced" historical securities
« Last post by Matt Willms on June 05, 2018, 07:56:56 AM »
Perhaps the best way is to refer to your past broker statements that coincide to the same calendar month end historic date you are creating.  Note: the historic prices are only required if you are trying to derive IRR performance for such date ranges.  If this is not important to you, you can simply start storing historic dates currently, and going forward. 

If you have add'l questions, please contact our technical support team directly at

General Discussion / Finding all "mis-priced" historical securities
« Last post by TopDog on June 03, 2018, 04:34:48 PM »
Is there an easy way to find all securities in the historical Asset Library that have a price of $1.00 which indicates there likely is an historical price that is missing?

I have data going back over 30 years and it is a bit tedious going month by month.
Thank you for your question....

Many users simply start with IAM3 by downloading their current holdings from their broker accounts, editing these to reflect accurate tax basis, and then going forward, downloading ongoing future activity.  For these users of IAM3, entering historical data and past performance is not of concern.  Rather, these users prefer to just set up their portfolio(s) to reflect current holdings, and then tracking activity and performance going forward from there.  By the way, you can also initially create your portfolios by manually entering just your current tax lots instead of downloading if your broker is not listed in our supported broker list.

Alternatively, if you do want to measure performance based on all past historical activity, have a record of your past transactions, then you can create your portfolio(s) from inception.  While this will require you to work thru past yearly broker statements from the start of the account, it does offer a more comprehensive accounting of your holdings from inception.

I suggest you visit our website video tutorials, reviewing the methods on the quick portfolio setup methods, as well as the steps for creating a historical accurate portfolio.  the link is:

If you have any add'l questions, please contact our technical support team directly via email: or by calling 262-241-3990.


Importing Existing Portfolio Data / initial IAM 3 personal setup - how much history?
« Last post by samiam on May 09, 2018, 07:26:54 AM »
Hello. I'm just getting started with this program. My wife and I have fewer than 20 stable investment instruments, so our financial picture is not extremely complex. Up to this time, I have been relying on monthly and quarterly statements from institutions to make a ball park assessment of our position, and so far, that has been adequate. However, my wife will retire in a bit over a year, and I am less than 2 years away from the age 70-1/2 deadline (already retired,) so I have purchased IAM to allow me to look at a (relatively) current picture of all of our investments simultaneously, instead of doing ad hoc reconstruction from various paper documents. I plan to enter everything manually. My first question is in regard to the merits of entering current values, and updating as I get future statements, versus entering true opening balances, and all of the transactional information on historical periodic statements for each instrument. My thought is that entering everything from day one might show some trends, but I'm uncertain just how valuable that might be. Perhaps a compromise such as entering "as of" starting balance and subsequent transactions for a limited time period might be best. Any advice? Pointers to existing FAQ or papers covering this question are welcome in lieu of repitition. Thanks in advance. 
Transactions / Re: Tracking options credit/debit spreads as one transactions
« Last post by Matt Willms on May 07, 2018, 08:25:17 AM »
You can't link these as a single transaction in the IAM3 activity ledger, however, when running the performance report, you can filter to just include these two securities to see the results for gain/loss and irr.

If you have add'l questions, you can contact our tech support team by email

Transactions / Tracking options credit/debit spreads as one transactions
« Last post by brbrann on May 06, 2018, 01:26:27 PM »
I occasionally like to sell credit spreads which consists of selling a put or call and then buying one.  Is it possible to link these two options trades together as one singe transactions for purpose of calculating a profit or loss?
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