Confused about the various files available for the Schwab Interface? There are 3 different types – all of which still work in the Schwab Interface for PortfolioCenter.
What is the difference?
- Core files — are the newest files (available since 5.9) and contain the most data, meaning you need to spend less time manually correcting transactions. Their biggest benefit is more reliable cost basis information.
- Enhanced files — contain more information that Standard files and less information than Core files. Their biggest benefit is allowing reconciliation up to 5 decimal places.
- Standard files — are the original data files. They contain the least information and none of the new enhancements.
|Number of decimal places reconciled||5||5||3|
|Includes enhanced information such as dividend ex-dates||Yes||Yes||No|
|Includes actual settlement dates for trades||Yes||Yes||No|
|Fewer use of temporary security symbols||Yes||Yes||No|
|Explanatory notes on journal transactions||Yes||Yes||No|
|Initial position trade lot cost basis information||Yes||No||No|
File Names and Extensions
|Cost Basis Taxable Accounts||.ULT/.UPT||.SLB|
|Cost Basis non-taxable Accounts||.ULN/.UPN||.SLB|
|Realized gain/loss Year to date||.RLY|
|Transfer for Asset files||.TOA|
If you’re still using the Standard files, switch to at least Enhanced files as soon as possible.
If you are tracking cost basis in PortfolioCenter, you should consider migrating to the Core files. However, switching to the Core files will re-write the Schwab interface security map. Any manually mapped securities need to be remapped as a result.
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