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Do you have a question on how to get more out of your Watchlist? Now that we have retired our old-style Stocklist and Fundlist tools, we are welcoming many new Watchlist users and would like to help you get comfortable with Watchlist.

You can replay our online discussion with readers that was held at noon. Smartphone users, this link should work better for you. A transcript appears below.

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Sonali Verma - Hello! I'm Sonali Verma, digital editor at the Report on Business. Thank you for joining us. We'll be starting our discussion shortly.


Sonali Verma - How is Watchlist working for you? What can we help you with? Have you got any suggestions to make it better? This is the place to send in your questions and comments.


Sonali Verma - We are going to be joined by Jonathan Tracy, who is our main software developer for Watchlist, as well.


[Comment From vina marks]

Please put stocks in alphabetical order


Sonali Verma - Hi there. You can actually sort the column containing names on your Watchlist by clicking on the column heading. That puts them in alphabetical order. If you click again, it reverses the alphabetical order.


[Comment From gilbert309]

Will you be able to compare other funds against each other like the old fundlist?


Sonali Verma - Absolutely, that's the intention. You will be able to do that in the future.


[Comment From Bruno]

Hi! The print function on Watchlist needs improvement. Is there a fix for this?


Sonali Verma - Yes, indeed, there is. You'll be able to put all the data into a single CSV file and print that, using any of your favourite spreadsheet applications. We're hoping to get that out in a couple of weeks.


[Comment From Josef Eichenhofer]

I used to be able to compare charts of my mutual funds, This very useful tool seems to have been deleted. Will this be brought back?


Sonali Verma - Hello, Josef! Thanks for joining us. Yes, it will be. We're on it.


[Comment From gilbert309]

Haven't been able to transfer my old fundlist to the new.


[Comment From gilbert309]

I hit the import button but nothing appears in the watch list under funds.


Sonali Verma - The best way to get help for that is to email globeinvestor@globeandmail.com -- they are experts on the import process.


[Comment From robert]

Is there a place to indicate my cost price


Sonali Verma - If you use the My Shares view, you can input the number of shares you own.

If you want to put in the cost price, your best bet is our portfolio tool: http://portfoliodb.theglobeandmail.com/gishome/plsql/port_gis.homepage


[Comment From gilbert309]

Why the change if the new doesn't do what old did?


Sonali Verma - The change is purely for business reasons. Stocklist and Fundlist were free tools that run on an old technological platform that is very expensive to maintain.

We also wanted to introduce a number of new features that our readers had been asking for. Stocklist and Fundlist did not support these -- but Watchlist, also free but built on a newer platform, does.

We are working towards bringing much of the same functionality to Watchlist as well. Thank you for bearing with us.


[Comment From Karen]

Can you tell me how the watchlist functions differently


Sonali Verma - Hello, Karen! We have a pretty simple guide to using Watchlist that explains all its basic features and uses. Here it is:



[Comment From Ed]

How can I review just today's news for all my watchlist companies. A listing like Stocklist News was very handy. Now I have to sort through every item to see if any news. Is there another way of seeing all relevant news from today?


Sonali Verma - Hello, Ed! Have you tried the All News view on Watchlist? That ought to pull all the latest news.

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