Introducing a new dashboard widget: Expense Distribution. Expense Distribution shows how your transactions are distributed across different categories. The categories are ordered based on highest expenses. Clicking on a category will show you the transactions for those categories so you can dig in even deeper. This will give you a sense of where your money is being spent.
Product updates and improvements to Balance.
Track transaction categories on your Balance dashboard. By tracking categories on your dashboard, you can actively analyze your spending habits, identify areas where you can save money, and make more effective financial choices.
To track a category, click on the category name on a transaction and select “Track on dashboard”.
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Visualize your cash flow using the new Cash Flow chart. This chart shows the difference between your inflow and outflow each month. Categorize your transactions as Transfers or Payments to ensure accurate representation.
You can now see the differences in your breakdowns compared to the previous month. These differences will be shown as percentages and amounts.
Here’s a quick summary of how it works:
- The change indicator for Inflow and Assets will be green if the current month’s amount is higher than the previous month’s amount, indicating an increase in your Inflow and Assets.
- The change indicator for Outflow and Liabilities will be red if the current month’s amount is higher than the previous month’s amount. This indicates an increase in your expenses or debt.
- The change indicator for Transfers and Payments will remain gray.
Introducing transaction categories! Now you can view the categories associated with a transaction. Balance will automatically fetch categories from the financial data aggregator. However, you also have the flexibility to modify or add new categories.
This release also introduces the ability to select multiple transactions by holding down the Shift key. Alternatively, you can select all transactions on the page by using Cmd + A / Ctrl + A. This allows you to quickly assign categories to multiple transactions at once.
Unlike other tools, Balance lets you assign multiple categories to a transaction. Think of categories as “tags” that provide context. For instance, you can tag a transaction as “Business Expense” and “Office Supplies”. This enables you to easily see all transactions categorized as business expenses and also provides a breakdown of categories within your business expenses.
Other improvements in this release
- Clicking on a category will filter transactions by that category.
- Improved the mobile layout for transactions.
- The experience of marking transactions as transfers has been enhanced. Instead of being directed to a new page to select a transfer, you can now mark the transaction as a transfer in a pop-up dialog that appears when you click “Mark as transfer.”
- Better and consistent logos for institutions.
The institutions page has a new design giving you a complete view of all your accounts in one place. The new design is also consistent with the rest of the app and allows you to perform bulk actions on institutions and their accounts. With the multi-selection feature, you can conveniently filter transactions from different accounts based on your specific requirements.
Another improvement in this release is the ability to rename your accounts. Simply click on the institution or account name and select the option to change the display name. The new name you choose will be updated across the app, including the transactions page. This feature is especially handy when you have multiple accounts connected from the same institution, such as yourself and your partner.
These features also lay the foundation of what’s coming up next, which is filtering. Being able to filter your financial data is immensely powerful and provides you with accurate insights. Stay tuned for more updates!
That’s all for now. I hope you enjoy this release.
Capture payments and transfers to keep track of your money movement. Select a transaction and click “Mark as Transfer”. Balance will show you potential payment/transfer matches. After selecting the matching transaction, the two will be linked. Additionally, you can choose a transfer type of Payment (e.g. for credit card or loan payments) or Transfer (e.g. for moving money between accounts).
Payments and Transfers will appear on your dashboard in the Breakdown section. Tracking your transfers and payments helps you understand how much of your monthly spending goes towards debt payments.
Hey there! I’m thrilled to show you the first look at Balance! While Balance is still in its early stages of development, its goal is to help you gain an in-depth understanding of your finances.
Here’s what’s included in the first release.
Connect your financial institutions
Having all your financial data in one place is essential to taking control of your money. Balance allows you to connect your bank accounts directly inside the app. This syncs your transactions and balances from these institutions and makes finding answers about your finances easier. Balance currently works with over 10,000 US institutions through Plaid.
Review your dashboard
The dashboard gives you a bird’s eye view of your financial health. The “Breakdown” section shows your Income, Expense, Assets, and Liabilities for a given month. The “Net Worth” graph shows your financial trend. “Recent Transactions” display the 10 most recent transactions, giving you an insight into how and where your money flows.
Search through transactions
Balance’s search feature makes locating transactions easy and understanding what happened. You no longer have to log in to multiple bank accounts or sift through numerous statements.
Balance sends you a daily digest of all the transactions synced to Balance. This helps you keep track of unexpected expenses, fees, or other fraudulent charges.
Curious about security? Read the Security Overview to understand how your data is protected at Balance.
If any of this intrigues you, get on the early-access list to receive an invite when Balance is ready.
Until next time ✌