User Guide - Ascendo Money - Personal Finance Manager for BlackBerry - Version 3
Chapter 1 - Overview
Ascendo Money helps you manage your personal
finances by allowing you to track income and expenses across several accounts.
Ascendo Money provides numerous tools to set budgets, analyze spending,
reconcile accounts and forecast balances so you can achieve your financial
Ascendo Money for BlackBerry can be used with
Ascendo Money Desktop to combine the advantages of on-the-go data entry with
full screen financial planning. The BlackBerry and Desktop components of Ascendo
Money contain similar features. You can synchronize data between the two or use
them independently of each other.
Ascendo Money allows you to create an unlimited number of accounts
such as Checking, Savings, Debit Card, Credit Card, Retirement, Investments, etc.
You can set the currency and starting balance of each account. Ascendo Money
will calculate the sum of account balances so you can determine your net
Each account includes a transaction register to
track deposits, withdrawals and expenditures. For
example, you could create a personal checking account and record entries for
salary deposits, checks you write or debit card purchases. The
transaction register displays running and ending balances to help you avoid
You can record several pieces of information
for each transaction including the date, amount, payee, payment method, status,
category and type. Several advanced features assist you in entering information
quickly. For example, as soon as you start typing a payee name, Ascendo Money
will suggest payees starting with the same letter, then automatically complete
the name and enter default values for other fields.
Transactions can be classified in Categories
such as clothes, meals, utilities, etc. You can set up budgets based on the
categories you create. For example, you may want to budget $400 per month on
groceries. Ascendo Money will calculate the actual amount you spent on groceries
and tell you if you are under or over budget. In addition, you can create Types such as
business expenses, personal expenses,
etc. for more detailed analysis of your spending.
Some transactions occur repeatedly, such as
salary deposits or mortgage payments. To avoid entering the same transaction
over and over, Ascendo Money enables you to schedule recurring transactions for
a payee based on the frequency that you specified.
Reconciling bank statements with transaction
registers can be useful to determine if there are fraudulent charges or
expenditures that you forgot to make note of. Ascendo Money provides an account
reconciliation feature for this purpose. You simply enter the beginning and
ending date of the period you want to reconcile. Ascendo Money calculates
beginning balance, ending balance, sum of reconciled transactions and the
difference, or un-reconciled amount.
Ascendo Money allows you to forecast account balances at future dates. This can be helpful to adjust your spending
until the next payday. Ascendo Money will calculate your balance at any date
based on your current balance and scheduled transactions.
Analyzing your account activity can give you
important insight into your spending habits. Ascendo Money provides numerous
reports to facilitate the task. Pie charts and bar charts further your
understanding by giving you an intuitive representation of your data.
Ascendo Money includes many other features
described in this user guide. Links at the bottom of each page allow you to
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found on our Frequently Asked