I want to transfer my financial data ( years of it!!) from Buxfer to yet-to-be-known online personal finance web app. I tried to download my data in both .qif and ofx format.

I tried to import the data into MoneyStrands, however, a lot of the columns ( such as tag and category) available in Buxfer are not recognized in MoneyStrands. This is very puzzling as I thought that .qif and .ofx are standard formats and they should be the recognized across different financial services.

Did I do anything wrong? What are the correct ways of importing financial data?

  • I was thinking of how to tag this question and I'm not sure what is a good tag for transfering financial data from one app to another? e.g. Buxfer to MoneyStrands, MS Money to Quicken, Quicken.com to mint, etc. – Alex B Nov 3 '10 at 16:48
  • @AlexB How about data-transfer or data-import? – Chris W. Rea Nov 3 '10 at 23:18

You'll need to find out in what format MoneyStrands expects the data. A .qif or an .ofx file may not be the answer.

  • I thought a standard file format is all that is needed in order to facilitate date transfer between different service providers? After all, that's what a standard is all about, isn't it? – Graviton Nov 3 '10 at 15:53
  • You're right, but some people choose not to adopt standards. People aren't obligated to play in the same cage as the 800-pound gorilla (Intuit). – mbhunter Nov 3 '10 at 15:56

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