Import fund data from Morningstar

There’s a local fund that’s available in Morningstar (updated), in Yahoo Finance (updated but shows no data in their website, so something’s wrong) and in ft.markets (updated with a delay of several days).

All the other available sources in the software don’t have this particular fund I’m trying to add. I guess I could use ft.markets and hope it eventually gets updated more frequently, but anyway, is there any way to import the historical/value data from Morningstar instead?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

There may well be a better way, but this is how I’ve done it.

First go to the Chart page for the fund (or trust or EFT) on the Morningstar website. I will use the Baillie Gifford Positive Change Fund B Accumulation fund ISIN GB00BYVGKV59 as an example. Remove any other benchmarks etc the are charted (this is not necessary, but makes things easier). Open your browser’s “developer tools” which is F12 in Firefox and probably other browsers as well. Go to the “Network” tab and press the clear button which looks like a bin; again, not necessary but makes things easier. Now press the “chart settings” button just above the chart, click “display options”, and then click the “percentage” button - this switches the chart to show the actual fund price, rather than a percentage change, and handily for our purposes causes the Morningstar website to request a link that we can use in Portfolio Performance with a bit of modification. That link should display in the “network” screen of the browser’s developer tools, so now right click on the entry that comes from the “tools.morningstar.co.uk” domain and is of type “json” and select the Copy->Copy URL option. The link should be

https://tools.morningstar.co.uk/api/rest.svc/timeseries_price/t92wz0sj7c?currencyId=GBP&idtype=Morningstar&frequency=daily&startDate=2011-02-01&priceType=&outputType=COMPACTJSON&id=F00000ZB0M]2]0]FOGBR$$ALL&applyTrackRecordExtension=true

You now need to change some of the options in the link and slightly simplify it as well so it becomes:

https://tools.morningstar.co.uk/api/rest.svc/timeseries_price/t92wz0sj7c?currencyId=GBP&idtype=Morningstar&frequency=daily&outputType=JSON&startDate=2020-12-31&id=F00000ZB0M]2]0]FOGBR$$ALL

You can go to this link in your browser if you want to see the data. There are 4 options worth highlighting: frequency which will give you daily prices, outputType gives you a style of JSON that Portfolio Performance can parse, startDate lets you choose how far back to go, and id is the Morningstar reference for the security - so change that value for any other ones you want to use. The order of the options doesn’t matter but I find it easier to put the id at the end for when I’m setting up multiple securities.

Now in Portfolio Performance select JSON as the provider in the “Historical Quotes” tab of the security, and use the following values:

Feed URL = the link just created
Path to Date = $.TimeSeries.Security[*].HistoryDetail[*].EndDate
Path to Close = $.TimeSeries.Security[*].HistoryDetail[*].Value

Always worth double checking the displayed values against the Morningstar chart.

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This is amazing, thank you so much! :slight_smile: