Here is some basic information about MSMoneyQuotes.exe
MSMoneyQuotes.exe is a "command-line" executable (aka a console application).
It can be run from a DOS prompt, and/or a shortcut on your desktop, taskbar or start menu.
See the Setup section for instructions on how to create a shortcut to MSMoneyQuotes.exe
If MSMoneyQuotes runs without any problems, it will simply exit. If you’re setup to run MSMoneyQuotes using a shortcut, then the DOS window will simply go away.
If MSMoneyQuotes encounters some sort of problem, it will output an error message and then prompt you to press a key. The key press is there to prevent the DOS window from closing and thus gives you a chance to see the error message. Likewise, if the –v option is specified, a key press is required so you can see the output before the window closes.
MSMoneyQuotes accepts the following optional parameters. I’ll show you how to use these in a shortcut below.
Usage: [-f file] [-p password] [-r] [-o] [-a] [-m] [-i file] [-c] [-v] [-b] -f Target a specific Money file. By default, the current Money file is used. -p The password to use if the Money file is "Money Password" protected. -r Remember Password. Use with -p to save the password. Use without -p afterwards to use the saved password automatically -o Open Money if not already open. -a Automatically update quotes every 15 minutes as long as Money is open. -m Use SymbolMap.csv file to resolve symbols. -i Import quotes from csv file. -c Update currency exchange rates. -v Verbose output. -b Batch file mode. Suppress "Press any key..." prompts to allow running unattended from a batch file
By default MSMoneyQuotes will update your "current" Money file. That is, the Money file you last had open in Money. However, the –f option allows you to override this behavior and update any arbitrary Money file you’d like.
If your Money file does not have a "Money password", then you don’t need to use the –p option. If it does have a "Money password", then by default MSMoneyQuotes will prompt you to enter the password every time MSMoneyQuotes runs. If you don’t want to be prompted to enter your password, you can supply the password to MSMoneyQuotes by using the –p option. For example: MSMoneyQuotes.exe -p mypassword123
The -r option can be used to instruct MSMoneyQuotes to securely "remember" a password. This option is useful if your Money file is password protected, but you don't want to use the -p option in your shortcut. Obviously placing the password in the shortcut is insecure because the password is in plain text in the shortcut properties.
Here's how to use the -r option:
As a one-time setup, you’d run MSMoneyQuotes.exe with both -r and -p. You could run this from a DOS prompt. This would result in the program storing the password specified in the -p parameter. The password will be securely encrypted and saved in the computer’s registry. During this step MSMoneyQuotes will simply save the password and then exit. It will not run through its normal steps of updating quotes, opening Money, etc.
After this is setup, you’d then need to simply run MSMoneyQuotes with the -r option, and will no longer need the -p option (in fact, make sure you remove the -p option or MSMoneyQuotes won't update quotes!). When just the -r option is specified without the -p option, MSMoneyQuotes will use the previously saved password. The program internally decrypts the password and uses it to open the Money file and then run as it normally would.
Using the -r option means you will no longer need to use the -p option in your shortcut, and thus your password is more secure.
Note that you will still need to enter the password in Money in order for it to open the Money file. There’s no way pass a password to msmoney.exe.
If -o is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will automatically open Money in addition to updating quotes. With this option, I believe users can get in the habit of using MSMoneyQuotes’s shortcut instead of the standard Money shortcut as a means to open Money (with the added benefit of updated quotes!). The -o option will do nothing if Money is already running, so it’s safe to simply leave the -o option in your shortcut permanently. If both the -f and -o options are specified, then Money will open to the file specified in the -f argument.
One idea is to put the MSMoneyQuotes shortcut on your taskbar and use it to open Money. Then while Money is open, if you’d like to update quotes again, you simply click the shortcut again to update quotes.
If -a is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will stay open and automatically update quotes every 15 minutes while Money is open. MSMoneyQuotes will automatically close when Money is closed.
To use the -a option, you should do one of the following:
If -m is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will look for a SymbolMap.csv file in the same folder as MSMoneyQuotes.exe and use it to resolve symbols. SymbolMap.csv is used to manually map symbols from your Money file to symbols on MSN Money (aka financial instruments).
If the symbol is found in SymbolMap.csv, then MSMoneyQuotes will simply use the mapped MSN Money symbol (aka financial instruments) from the file. Otherwise it will follow the normal flow and use the MSN Money web services to attempt to resolve the symbol.
If you use –m and SymbolMap.csv doesn’t exists, MSMoneyQuotes will run "normally" (i.e. as if you didn’t use –m) and use the MSN Money web services to attempt to resolve the symbols. However in this case, MSMoneyQuotes will create a SymbolMap.csv file for you using all the symbols it automatically resolved using the MSN Money web services. With this in mind, I recommend you run MSMoneyQuotes once with –m to let it create your SymbolMap.csv file for you. And then you can continue to use –m and add/remove/update symbol mappings from SymboMap.csv as necessary.
Consider using the -m option if MSN Money is unable to consistently resolve symbols. Many users have reported MSN Money occasionally has problems resolving symbols and as a result you see "symbol not found on msn money" error messages outputed MSMoneyQuotes's -v option.
By using the -m SymbolMap.csv option, you can skip the online symbol resolve step and instead have MSMoneyQuotes use the manually resolved symbol mappings from SymbolMap.csv. For example, recently MSN Money has been unable to resolve the symbol "MSFT". So you’d go figure out the proper symbol mapping on your own and enter it into SymbolMap.csv.
You can get the symbol mapping by looking at the URL. It's the text after "fi-" ("fi" stands for financial instrument):
You now have the proper MSN Money symbol for MSFT, so enter a new line in SymbolMap.csv:
Now MSMoneyQuotes will use "126.1.MSFT.NAS" directly to fetch quotes instead of needing to first resolve the symbol online.
Example of a fund:
There is one tricky scenario. For symbols that have a slash ("/") MSN Money needs to represent the symbol a little funny so URLs work (a slash has a speical meaning for URLs, so it can't be part of the symbol).
To represent a "/" in a symbol, MSN Money uses a special placeholder that looks like this: "|SLA|".
The "|" symbol is encoded in the URL with this value: "%7C".
So the "%7CSLA%7C" part of the URL translates to "|SLA|".
To get the proper symbol to enter in the SymbolMap.csv file, you just need to replace the "%7CSLA%7C" part with "/".
The -m option can also be used for securites that don't seem to have a symbol on MSN Money, but you can find on the website. Examples:
Lastly, MSMoneyQuotes will run much faster when using -m because it eliminates the need to make online web service calls for symbols it resolves using SymbolMap.csv. It can go directly to the "fetch quotes" step.
If -i is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will import quotes from the provided csv file instead of getting online quotes. This option was built to support importing quotes from a downloaded csv file from FT.com.
See more details on the FT.com Quotes page.
If -c is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will fetch online currency exchange rates from MSN Money and update your Money file with these rates. You can see currency exchange rates in Money by going to Tools/Settings --> Program settings --> Update Currencies...
If -v is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will output extra information about each symbol in your money file and pause. Primarily it will tell you if it successfully found the symbol on MSN Money and updated the security in your Money file. This may be helpful to diagnose problems. The pause option is also useful if you use a shortcut to the program and want to keep the DOS window from disappearing before you’ve had a chance to review other messages. If you have any question about which securities MSMoneyQuotes is updating, use the –v option to see exactly what’s going on.
If -b is specified, then MSMoneyQuotes will suppress the "Press any key..." prompt when using the -v option. This is useful if you want to use MSMoneyQuotes from an unattended batch file and would like to use the -v option.
After trying/buying MSMoneyQuotes, you’ll be able to download MSMoneyQuotes.exe from my website. You can save it anywhere you like such as the C: drive, in your documents folder, in the Money installation folder, wherever. Then create a shortcut by right-clicking on MSMoneyQuotes.exe, select “Sent To”, and then “Desktop (create shortcut)”. You can then also drag that shortcut from your desktop to your Windows Taskbar to create a button there.
If you have Norton AntiVirus and it's complaining about WS.Reputation.1 detection for MSMoneyQuotes.exe, you may have to remove it from Quarantine. This happens because MSMoneyQuotes.exe is a new program so Norton is unable to evaluate its "reputation". I assure there is no malicious code in my program.
Instructions on removing from Quarantine can be found here
At this point, running MSMoneyQuotes can be a one click process by leveraging the shortcut.
If you have a Money password and want to use a shortcut to run MSMoneyQuotes without getting prompted to enter the password, then you have three options:
Instructions for (B):
Assuming you've created a shortcut to MSMoneyQuotes and put that shortcut on your Desktop, here's how you would add the -p option.
Use the same steps above to add the -f, –o, –a -r or -v options to the shortcut. Just put a space between each option.
"C:\MSMoneyQuotes.exe" -p YourMoneyPassword –o -a
MSMoneyQuotes works by following these basic steps:
MSMoneyQuotes honors Portfolio Manager’s "Update Prices…" –> "Pick quotes to download…" selections.
If you do want quotes for a particular security, make sure it’s checked here.
If you don’t want to get quotes for a certain security, you can uncheck it.
Here is the complete list of quote fields updated by MSMoneyQuotes:
Last, change, open, high, low, 52 week high, 52 week low, PE, market cap and volume
Please read this section if you're having problems with MSMoneyQuotes working for you.
If your question is not answered below, then I can be reached at my support email address: email@example.com
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