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Personal Finance is a Personal Financial Management tool that helps you budget and manage your finances. It allows you to import all of your accounts, across multiple institutions, so you can see your balances and transactions all in one place. It is available for free through .communityBanking Online Personal Banking and .communityMobile downloadable apps.
Go to the Accounts tab within Personal Finance and click on [+Add an Account] in the sub navigation bar. Type the name of your institution to search our database, then select the correct option from the list and enter your login credentials.
If your institution is not supported, you can add and manage your accounts manually. This will require that you periodically edit your account to update the balance. See "How do I edit an account?" Entering manual transactions will also update your balance accordingly. See "How do I add a transaction?"
It depends on the institution, but you will usually need to add each account separately. This means that if you have 3 accounts with an institution, such as checking, a loan, and a credit card, you will need to enter your login credentials for that institution for each account.
Go to the Accounts tab within Personal Finance and click on the account you wish to edit. This opens the account detail view where you can change an account name, type, and interest rate. You can also edit the account balance of manual accounts.
Not all institutions are able to send us that information. You should always check your loan details to make sure they are correct in Personal Finance.
Go to the Accounts tab within Personal Finance and click on the account you wish to delete. Click on the trashcan icon and confirm your decision to delete the account. You cannot delete your Wintrust Community Bank accounts, so the trashcan icon will not be present. You can, however, exclude a primary account by clicking on [Exclude from App] in the transaction detail view. This will exclude the account and its transactions from being calculated into your budgets, spending etc.
Note: Deleting an account also deletes all historical balance and transaction data associated with that account. Do not delete an account unless you are sure you are okay with losing all associated data.
No, so only delete an account if you're okay with losing all history for that account. Otherwise, try adjusting the Show/Hide account settings for the account instead. Also, know that if you delete an institution, all accounts under that institution will also be deleted.
From the Accounts View, broken accounts will be displayed with an exclamation point in red over the top right corner of the account card. Click on the "broken" account to open the account detail view, then click on the red warning message in the Link Status section. You may be required to re-enter your login credentials. A notification will also appear on the "Manage Institutions" icon in the navigation bar.
If the account continues to fail:
There are many types of online banking accounts, and not all are compatible with common aggregation methods. Personal Finance utilizes multiple aggregation sources and uses an aggregation engine to provide the best possible coverage, but when an unsupported institution is encountered, a manual account can be created in the Accounts View.
Yes! Open the Accounts View and click on [+Add an Account] in the sub navigation bar. Choose the account type and enter your account details, then click [Save It].
You will need to update this account manually by updating the balance and entering transactions periodically.
You will create a manual account by doing the following:
Manual transactions can only be added to manual accounts. Transactions associated with linked accounts will be imported automatically when you sign on. To add a manual transaction, open the Transactions View and click on [+ Add Transactions] in the sub navigation bar. Select a manual account from the dropdown menu, enter the transaction details, and click on [SAVE IT].
Click on a transaction to open the transaction detail view. To categorize a transaction, click on the category field of the transaction line and select from the dropdown menu. You can also edit other transaction details like payee description, tags, flags, and memos, as well as split a transaction from this view.
For custom tags, type in the name of the tag and then hit [ENTER]. If there is a pre-set tag to choose from, hit the down arrow on your keyboard to select the tag and then hit [ENTER].
When transactions are imported, they are auto-categorized based on how you and other users have categorized similar transactions. When you change a transaction category, Personal Finance will remember your preference for next time.
The Transactions View provides an easy way to review or find transactions from any account, over any time period. You can use the date range selector to determine what time frame the transactions represent, or you can use the search field to filter by payee, account, tags, amount, category, or date.
To view more or edit detail on a transaction, just click on it. You can customize your transactions using the following features:
Personal Finance will import 90 days of transaction history from your primary institution. The amount of data that will be imported from other institutions depends on the institution.
After the initial account setup, Personal Finance will pull new transactions from the last 30 days, so you must sign in at least once every 30 days to avoid creating a gap in your data.
Personal Finance will save your history for as long as you keep your account with your primary institution.
Click on the transaction you wish to change to open the transaction detail view, then click on the category field to see a list of existing categories. You are able to create a custom subcategory beneath any of the main categories, but you cannot create a new main category. Hover over the main category your custom subcategory will belong to, then click on [Enter A New Sub-Category] in the side menu. Name your subcategory and click [+] to confirm.
There is a special category called "Transfer" for loan payments and transfers that will exclude those transactions from Spending and Budgets.
A word on loan payments - All loan payments have two transactions: the negative transaction of money leaving your bank account, and the positive transaction of money paid towards the debt, decreasing what you owe. (Note: This is not the case with credit cards. Keep reading to see more on credit cards.) The negative transaction should be categorized as the expense, so your budget will reflect your spending on that category. The positive transaction should be categorized as a transfer, so it does not void the expense of the loan payment.
For example: The negative transaction of a mortgage payment would be categorized as Home: Mortgage & Rent, and the positive transaction would be categorized as Transfer: Mortgage Payment. You can create custom subcategories for all of your loan payments if you wish.
A loan payment essentially is a transfer. The money leaves your bank account, but you then own that much more of the asset associated with the debt, like a home or car. Credit cards are different, because there is no asset associated with the debt. A credit card payment is repayment for money borrowed, on transactions already accounted for in your budget. If you actively use your credit card, payments on that card should be categorized as Transfer: Credit Card Payment. If you are paying off your credit card, and would like to track your progress in Spending and Budgets, see "How do I budget for paying off debt?"
If you are working on paying off a credit card, congratulations! We recommend that you create a custom subcategory to track your progress, such as Bills & Utilities: Credit Card Payoff. This will allow you to see in Spending and Budgets Views how much you have spent towards paying down that debt.
It is recommended that you do not use your card for purchases while you are paying it off. Not only will it be easier to stick to your goal if you just don't use the card, but it is more difficult to account for your credit card payoff if you are actively accruing debt on the card.
If you must use your credit card while you are paying it off, you can split the transaction between Transfers: Credit Card Payment for the portion that pays back what you spent, and Bills & Utilities: Credit Card Payoff for the amount that will be applied to the previous balance.
If you also want to track separately how much of your credit card payment is applied to interest vs. what you owe, see "How do I account for interest paid on a loan?"
Some institutions send a separate transaction for principle paid and interest paid on a loan, but some institutions only send a single transaction for the total amount paid. If your institution sends a single transaction for principle + interest paid, you can split the transaction.
Click on the transaction to open the detail view, and click on [Split Transaction]. Use the Fees and Charges category to track your interest paid. You can add a custom subcategory for all your loan payments if you wish. You will need to obtain the amount spent on interest vs. principle from your financial institution.
Note: The debt account balance will always be accurate; as the institution sends us the remaining balance regardless of the transaction is displayed.
The Spending View displays your spending across all categories for the time period selected. Use the date range selector to specify the date range you would like to see.
You can click on a category from the list, or in the wheel, to see your subcategory spending. Then click the center of the wheel or from the list to see the specific transactions in the selected subcategory.
Note: Your transactions must be categorized for the Spending Wheel to show actual spending. If your spending in a given category looks wrong, review your transactions for inaccuracies.
The Budgets View can help you track and control your spending in select budget categories. You can use budgets to track all of your regular household expenses, or just specific categories that you want to monitor more closely. Budgets are useful for setting and working towards financial goals, or simply being more aware of your spending habits.
Review your transactions to make sure they are categorized correctly. A "missing category" is caused by a large income transaction that has been categorized inappropriately.
In order to receive alerts, you must confirm your email address. Once you access Personal Finance for the first time, you'll receive an email asking you to confirm your email address.
To set alerts, click on the gear icon in the navigation bar to open Settings, and then click on the Alerts tab. Click the envelope icon next to each alert you want to receive.
Absolutely. Industry leading encryption technology is used to protect your data. We place your privacy and security as our highest priority. Personal Finance application is as secure as your regular home banking.
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