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Romanian Funds prices in GNUCash

Posted by Strainu on November 21, 2009
My Projects, Perl, Software / No Comments
The "Add security" Window
Fig. 1: The Add Security window in GNUCash

After the Bucharest Stock Exchage Module for Finance::Quote, I made another module, to retrieve the values of the Romanian Mutual Funds. The data is extracted from the Kmarket website which prooved to be a useful resource.

Here is how you can add this package to your own system:

  1. Install Perl. If you’re using Linux, you probably already have it. Write perl -v to find out the version you have. If you’re using Windows, ActivePerl or Strawberry Perl should do the trick.
  2. Install Finance::Quote. GNUCash offers an automated program to do that.
    1. Make sure GNUCash is not running.
    2. In Linux, open a root shell and write update-finance-quote. In Windows, go to the start menu and you will find a shortcut to a BAT file called “Install Online Price Retreival”.
  3. For now, the script is not yet included in Finance::Quote and must be installed separately.
    1. Download the provided archive and extract it along with the rest of the Perl scripts for Finance::Quote (you will see the download path during the installation). Make sure the Finance folder overwrites the current folder.
    2. In the Finance folder you will find 2 files named Quotes.pm and Quotes.pm.patch. You can apply the patch by using the command
      patch Quotes.pm Quotes.pm.patch

      On Windows, just open the Quotes.pm file in Notepad, search for a line that begins with @modules = and add ROFunds to the list of modules.

  4. Start GNUCash and go the the Tools->Security Editor menu. You will see a window similar to the one on the left side of Fig. 1.
  5. Click on the Add button. A new window, just like the one on the right side of Fig. 1 will appear. Let’s say that you want to get the stock price for BT Index (a fund from Banca Transilvania Asset Management). You add the following information in that window:
    1. Full Name: BT Index
    2. Symbol: BT Index (this is very important, as this is the search criteria – you need to put the full name of the fund, without diacritics, as there are no symbols)
    3. Type: Funds (or whatever you want)
    4. Check the Get Online Quotes checkbox. Three new options will be activated.
    5. Automatic price retreival
      Fig.2: Automatic price retreival

      Choose Type of quote source: Unknown

    6. From the drop-down choose rofunds.
    7. Click OK twice and you’re ready to test it.
  6. Go to the Tools->Price Editor menu. You will see the dialog in Fig. 2. Click the Get Quotes button and you should see a new price appearing. You can notice the source is “Finance::Quote” and the price is the correct one for that date. If you wish, you can check it on the K-market website.
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New adventures with the Romanian funds

Posted by Strainu on April 05, 2009
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After the bad experiences I had with BTAM, I decided to try my luck with the Asset Management division of the biggest romanian bank, BCR. As with most bank-owned funds, you can buy units from the bank itself.

So I went to one of the big branches, I went in and asked where I could buy some units from their funds. The young lady at the reception pointed me to the manager’s office (which was on another entrance). It seemed that I could only buy units from the manager… whatever. I went to the office where I was met by an old, respectable lady which politely asked me if I had an account at the bank. When I said “no”, she asked for my ID so she could open one, because “fund units can only be paid for by bank transfer”. Considering my past experiences with that bank, I took my ID and left right in that moment.

That could have been the end of it, but based on my experience with BTAM, I decided to write them an email. After about a week, in which the email passed by 4 of their employees (ofcourse, the headers were still there), I received an email from someone apologizing for the problem and inviting me to contact them in order to buy those unit. I suppose that in the banks, an email is not yet considered as a valid mean of contact…

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Cum să NU trimiţi un newsletter

Posted by Strainu on July 24, 2008
Cool webpages, Romana / 2 Comments

După ce prin aprilie îi lăudam că au răspuns promt emailurilor mele legate de un phishing, uite că Banca Transilvania (de fapt BT Asset Management) au comis-o acum destul de grav. Dacă până acum newsletter-ul lor zilnic despre cum merg fondurile de investiţii era către “Undisclosed-recipients”, azi au “scăpat” câteva sute de adrese în câmpul “TO”.

O adevărată binecuvântare pentru spammeri, având în vedere că adresele respective sunt acum asociate cu un domeniu de interes. Dar mai rău decât atât, au dat informaţiile astea şi altor clienţi. Mie unul nu-mi spuneau mare lucru numele alea, dar poate unii din oamenii de acolo nu voiau să fie asociaţi cu BT Asset Management.

Le-am scris oamenilor care se ocupă de newsletterul ăsta o scrisoare furioasă şi sunt curios dacă şi ce o să-mi răspundă. Şi aş mai vrea să ştiu cât o să tragă după neatenţia de azi (dacă o să fie clienţi care o să plece, etc.). Din păcate nu cred că o să aflăm vreodată asta. 😛

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