Upcoming Changes to Direct Import

Hello YNABers! :)

I hope this announcement finds you safe and healthy!

In the coming days, we’ll be making a few changes to Direct Import. This will impact bank connections for some YNABers, so we wanted to give a quick outline of what’s happening and what’s to be expected.

Quovo, our primary direct import partner, was acquired by an industry-leader, Plaid. Starting this week, some YNABers will see a notification in YNAB asking to update the bank connections. For the most part, this will be like the first time you linked your accounts, and you’ll see an in-app message with some extra (hopefully helpful!) prompts to walk you through it. 

We’re hoping to give you some time to make this transition, so your existing connections will continue to import transactions until May 21st. After May 21st, transaction imports will be paused until you update. Once you receive the notification to update, other actions like adding a new connection, and editing an existing connection, will require you to update. 

These changes won’t apply to all YNABers, but we wanted to make an announcement about it so you know this is expected and how to reach our support team for help. If you have any trouble with these changes, please fill out the Direct Import form and our team will help you get things on track!

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  • I wanted to offer a follow-up to Faness’ post with a few more thoughts on Direct Import that aren't quite as immediate. I’m going to try and divide this into three parts.

    • The first will be quick, just a reflection on YNABers who hit errors in importing.
    • The second will be a bit more on our future plans in this area.
    • And the third, for those who are interested in details and analogies, will offer a bit of a deeper dive.

    Part One

    This is the most important thing: For anyone who has trouble with imports, I hear your frustration. Whether that’s because you’re a loyal customer (true) or because I first-hand have trouble with my own primary account (also true), I get it. We want every experience in YNAB to be better than you imagine, and transaction import isn’t always that. End of story.

    Part Two

    On the second point, we’re working on improving that experience. Since we launched import at the beginning of 2016, we have integrated  with four partners for transaction aggregation. The most recent of these is industry-leader Plaid, and we’re seeing good results there. Not perfect (more on that below), but Plaid has not become a leader in this field for nothing. We never set out to have four partners, but we’re always trying to improve our performance and your experience.

    Who we partner with (and, not to keep teasing section three, but why we partner is also discussed below), of course, is only part of the equation. It’s what we do with the data in YNAB that counts, too. To that end, we’ve been working on importing and displaying pending transactions. We brought this feature to beta once before, realized it wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be, and have revised that work. I’m looking at the beta in my own account now, and it’s a huge asset to the experience of using import. I hope you’ll feel the same when you see it soon. (One note: not all financial institutions give us access to pending transactions, so this experience may not be uniform for all YNAB users.)

    Looking further down the road, we’re also working on smaller items, like improvements to matching and payee cleansing, to a larger look at bigger picture questions about how to manage ALL THE DATA in a 21st-century financial life. I’m also proud that YNAB continues to offer and support three separate entry methods for transactions—because different ones work better for different people, and because of the redundancy it provides. We’re committed to supporting that.

    Part Three

    Here’s some of the nitty gritty, framed as responses to questions. Nothing here takes away from Part One above—this is just an attempt to dive into the realities behind transaction import.

    Why can’t import just work? All the time, every time?

    Great question. I'll give you my analogy for transaction aggregation. It's like a photocopy machine. Amazing tech (at least when first invented!) but a million moving parts with extreme sensitivity. So, when you bought a copy machine years ago, you also bought a service contract. It was going to break, it would just be a question of when. 

    Moving from photocopiers to banks: In the US banking system (unlike the EU, for example), there are essentially zero standards for data formatting and consumer access. So, if you want to aggregate data from 15k financial institutions, you essentially need to build 15k integrations. Any change that any one of those banks can make breaks one of those integrations, and they typically don’t tell you ahead of time. That’s going to be customer-facing immediately. Also, many of those banks aren’t equipped to handle the volume of requests that are enabled by aggregators. It’s like everyone logging into their accounts 3-4 times a day, and they just weren’t built for that.

    Why can’t I trigger an import whenever I want to?

    It feels like you should be able to, right? But this goes back to the point at the end of the previous question. If, instead of our aggregation partners pulling transaction data a set number of times per day, everyone could request the data over and over again, this situation of banks being overloaded with requests would get worse, and the experience may be worse for all.

    Now, that’s not to say that this won’t be possible down the road. Financial institutions and aggregators are improving these systems over time, and it’s possible that “on demand” will be a part of the future YNAB experience.

    Why does YNAB partner with others? Why not just build your own?

    The answer is above: It’s infinitely complex to manage all those integrations, and the value of doing so only comes when you are at scale. YNAB would just never be big enough to do it, and we wouldn’t be an education company, a software company anymore.

    Mint and Quicken seem to “just work”—what about that?

    Intuit, unlike YNAB, IS big enough to “roll their own”. My sense is that it works well, though we’ve also had YNABers tell us that their bank works well on YNAB and never did there. In any event, Intuit stopped providing their aggregation tech to third parties in 2016, so we don’t have an opportunity to use it.

    Why no direct import outside the US and Canada?

    When we first launched Direct Import, we had some support for connections outside the US and Canada—but not for long, as our only partner (at that time) pulled it shortly after launch. Since then, our focus has been on making the US & Canadian connections we do have better, while at the same time the EU in particular has been revising banking regulations. Those revisions mean some US-based aggregators are pursuing European (and other) connections. Like on-demand refresh, this may mean it’s possible this will be a future part of the YNAB experience (and it is for some users now through the unaffiliated Sync For YNAB).

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      Todd My recommendation for on-demand refresh would be to still limit the # per certain time.  Let me trigger it but once I do, I can't trigger it again for 4-6-8 hours.  With the current approach,  if ynab triggers it at 4 am but my bank doesn't finish updating the previous transactions until 6 am, then I have to wait until noon to get my transactions.  I usually do my updates at 7 or 8 am. If I was able to trigger it then I'd get all my transactions at once.  Now if one institution updates at 3 am and another at 5 am, i get half now and half later.   I'd rather you not connect at all until I'm ready to work on it.  Also I have some institutions that don't update anything over the weekend.  You are hitting them every 8 hours for no reason.   I think it is easy to work around the concern of users pounding the institutions with connection attempts but still give us the ability to get transactions when we can actually make use of them.

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      • ToddYNAB Team
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      Hey Herman thanks for chiming in. I wanted to add something to this timing question you raise.

      Different financial institutions have different rhythms, different schedules. In many cases update/refresh times are selected to try and be smart in relation to those, as opposed to just triggering a global update at (for example) 4am, or triggering one every X hours for all institutions. In that way, the same thing goes for your weekend example—if an institution typically has nothing new to offer over certain periods of time, the refresh schedule is dialed back during those periods.

      Like I said, this doesn't mean it can't get better, to make your experience better, and we're working on that.

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      Todd I totally understand and and this is all the more reason to just let the user trigger when they sit down to work and then limit the number of times they are allowed to request transactions.  I can tell you from experience the providers trying to manage those schedules is not working well. That said, I'm fine with direct import the way it is working and it is not critical to me but this simple change would make it far more useful.

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      Herman  I appreciate it.

      This, for me, is all about availability of transactions, which I'd like to see get better across the board. That's also also why I'm high on making pending transactions available. It's not your issue directly, but it supports a similar sort of need—make my transactions available more quickly.

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      Todd I'm actually not interested at all in pending transactions and I'm of the opinion that they should not be imported.    I'm not really overly concerned about speed.  For me it is consistency and convenience.  I'd like to be able to sit down and consistently pull in everything that is available.  Today I  sit down and because ynab checked for transactions 5 hours ago,   I can not get the posted transactions that were made available 2 hours ago.   Because  of this i have to either manually reconcile or wait and reconcile that account later.   If I controlled the timing, when I'm ready the transactions I care about would also be ready.

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      Herman If you're not concerned about speed, maybe it was a mistake for me to frame it that way, because I feel like we're on the same page. Bottom line, I'd like you to have your transactions when you sit down to budget. One way I think of accomplishing that is getting them made available quickly.  But I get what you're saying. 

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      Todd I think speed is important but i'm focused on control.  That right transactions at the right time.  Speed definitely is a by product of that and I'm in favor of it!

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      Todd Yes, I have the pending beta (not a beta that's pending 😉) and I really like seeing my soon to be imported transactions. I just wish I could choose which ones to enter now! Then it would be perfect. Currently, I'm forced to type them in myself if I want them in.

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      Superbone Glad to hear they are helpful for you. You actually have the old beta that only made them visible. We never shipped it because it fell short in a couple of ways, and then the Plaid acquisition of Quovo interrupted the improvements. In any event, the current version (which is really in sort of an alpha, you'll see it soon enough) allows you to easily edit and convert them to regular transactions.

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      Todd Beautiful!

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      Todd SyncForYNAB is an excellent option for those of us outside the US. It does add to the cost quite a bit, but works very well.

      Is there not an option for YNAB to officially integrate with them? I'm sure it'd be mutually beneficial.

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      Todd Thanks for your explanation, much appreciated!

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  • Will this open up new opportunities for connections that don't work now?  For example I gave up on BMO and TDCanadaTrust last year but would really like to get that back.

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    • Orchid Pilot I also have accounts and BMO and TD, and I would like direct import to work. In fact, import is reliable for exactly one account: my American Express card.

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    • Hi Orchid Pilot  and Gold Cyborg !

      We can't guarantee any specific connections will work after the switch. As Todd mentioned, Plaid is an industry-leader, so we have high hopes moving forward but certain institutions may still be unavailable. 

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      Orchid Pilot I’m happy to report that I’m now able to connect to all the major Canadian banks. Finally!!! Hope this update sticks and continues to work. Thanks YNAB team!! 

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    • 10SNE1 Simply awesome! Both my primary accounts linked without issue...perfect. I did get good at downloading the data every morning but this will be a nice QOL upgrade and we can all use that these days. 

      Thank you, you guys have been so patient with end users and this linking issue...should be a nice relief for you guys. Well done.

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      Orchid Pilot So glad to hear it. We know it won't be universally so smooth. But it's all about forward progress, and I'm happy your experience was a good one.

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  • Thank you for the informed update. I’m curious how the transition to the new import method will affect older transactions. More specifically if the reestablishment of the Connection with my bank causes it to be considered a new connection, what happens to my older transactions? Will YNAB be able to establish which transactions are the same as they were before the reconnection? Apologies if I’m not being clear. I’m concerned with duplications or at worse, data loss. I’m sure you all are doing your best with testing. But curious regardless. Thanks

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    • Hi Neil !

      We always suggest reconciling before updating an account, as that prevents past transactions from re-importing. Transactions that are already in your budget won't be affected by the update. We've made quite a few jumps between import partners, so we've had a good amount of practice. :)

      If you think of any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

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      Neil As Faness said, good idea to reconcile.

      I want to be transparent that there is some possibility of duplication, but the team has spent a lot of time on that particular issue in prepping for the switch, and I would hope any issues are small (confined to dates close to the actual switch, as opposed to duplicating heaps of historical data). I would be much less concerned about data loss—especially because of how you "own" those transactions in your register after import.

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  • Todd said:
    When we first launched Direct Import, we had some support for connections outside the US and Canada—but not for long, as our only partner (at that time) pulled it shortly after launch. Since then, our focus has been on making the US & Canadian connections we do have better, while at the same time the EU in particular has been revising banking regulations. Those revisions mean some US-based aggregators are pursuing European (and other) connections. Like on-demand refresh, this may mean it’s possible this will be a future part of the YNAB experience (and it is for some users now through the unaffiliated Sync For YNAB).

    So are we getting direct import in EU or not?

    The EU is quite frankly the most stable, standardized & mature environment you could find (for a market of this size at least). It would probably be easier even to offer direct import here than the U.S. 

    And quite honestly, a lot of us in Europe are getting quite exhausted with paying the same price as the US customers, but getting less features. And the continuous "its being evaluated" feedback doesn't help it go down easier either. Its been evaluated for years now. So, is it finally coming? If so, when? Because its getting very tiresome YNAB. The price is simply too high for a product that doesn't get developed beyond superficial improvements like sign-in with Apple and pastel color schemes. We want real, meaningful features & improvements to be rolled out. That is what the SaaS scheme is supposed to deliver after all. That is what you promised when you took this route, so lets see the results please.

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      Forest Green Stallion 

      So are we getting direct import in EU or not?

      I’m sure it’s not a satisfying answer, but all I can offer you is a genuine one: we don’t know. 

      When we launched in 2016, we were excited to have some international support (it was mostly in the UK at the time, but that seemed like it might be a “foothold” for the future). As I mentioned, we never set out to then integrate with another three partners in the following years. But that’s been the focus, and hasn’t left space for expanding that beyond the US and Canada. The fact that Plaid offers international support is a real positive, but doesn't mean I can answer your question with a "yes" or "no".

      The EU is quite frankly the most stable, standardized & mature environment you could find (for a market of this size at least). It would probably be easier even to offer direct import here than the U.S. 

      As far as being stable and standardized, that may absolutely be the case—that’s why I mentioned the EU above. There are likely some technical/regulatory advantages, but also some complications, which (when it comes to Europe) include the fact that YNAB is not or doesn’t have a UK or EU entity. That would be a not-small step we would need to take in order offer direct import in either of those places.

      The price is simply too high

      I wouldn’t want anyone paying for the service or the product if you don’t feel it is worth it. I hope that customers in the UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand (you name it...) experience that value in the form of financial progress in their own lives. I'm excited about 2020 and what's coming for all YNAB users everywhere.

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    • Todd So whats coming then? Because when we look back at the last few years, what we see is mostly bug fixes and superficial improvements that existing users don't care all that much about. So what then can we look forward to in 2020? Because I have asked before. Because I honestly (rightfully) expect more from a SaaS product. I would love for 2020 the year YNAB starts making real improvements, but I won't lie and say I really believe at this point. 

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      Forest Green Stallion As it relates to import, I'm trying to be as transparent as possible about what the snags are we've hit over the years and what's on the table right now. Like I said elsewhere, though, I don't want this thread to turn into a global discussion about all the things, so will keep it focused on the import changes.

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  • Todd said:
    make my transactions available more quickly.

    Todd  From your perspective, why is this important?

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      dakinemaui What a phenomenal question, thank you.

      So, at the core of YNAB, and the core of many people hire YNAB to do, is to take total control of your money. Big-picture & long-term we all know this about way more than your transactions, which I often think of a one of the raw materials of your budget—they're not your budget, but your budget rests on them, along with your goals, aspirations, income, needs, etc. etc.

      Sorry, I'm going off the rails here already. ;) 

      As I was saying, eventually, we hope that total control results in really important things: safety, security, money in the bank, paid-off debt, and the ability to plan and make choices aligned with your aspirations.

      But before you get to that point (and even well along the way for many people), total control begins with simply having a better handle on the day-to-day of a 21st-century financial life. Like, knowing that you have a bill due or that a transaction you forgot about just hit your account can be a massive step forward in control. For some, total control comes first from simply being organized for the very first time. It feels secure, it feels like the genesis of a plan, and this supports the progression to the bigger-picture goals. Having transactions hit your account sooner supports people in that sort of progress (whether you import-only or mix import with other entry methods).

      Now, that framing obviously sounds like "new user". And it certainly can be. But my experience is that veteran YNABers appreciate this type of information flow. It gives continued confidence—I know this happened in real life, I want to see it in YNAB too. 

      On a much more practical level (but still under that total control idea), the sooner a transaction is ready for import, the less likely it is that people hit situations like  Herman is describing. If you only work in your budget on Friday evenings, speed of availability is probably not a big deal. But if your routine is more frequent, the sooner we can get that transaction available, the more likely it is you'll be working with all the information you need.

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      Todd I am picking up on a strong desire for awareness and accurate plans. Yet YNAB has dug in their heels against requests for future-dated transactions that immediately impact category balances at the user's discretion. Such a feature promotes that same awareness.

      (For example, better awareness is provided when the funds for the Amazon Subscription items outflowing in 2 weeks are NOT shown as Available to spend in the Grocery category.)

      In the pending transaction context, listing those does provide a heads up something is coming. Might users have a capability to easily promote a pending transaction to a real transaction? Hopefully it's obvious this would then impact category balances and thereby influence subsequent spending decisions, possibly days before actually clearing.

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      dakinemaui I'm going to leave aside the future-dated issue, because I want to keep this thread focused on import. I'll just say "point taken".

      When it comes to pending transactions.

      Might users have a capability to easily promote a pending transaction to a real transaction?

      Yes.* 

      Hopefully it's obvious this would then impact category balances and thereby influence subsequent spending decisions, possibly days before actually clearing.

      Yes.*

      (*which is to say: that's how it is working in the pre-release version I am currently using, it's not in your hands until it's in your hands. )

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  • I am an early ynab adopter... Here are my observations from the many years in perspective

    1) import is way better than it used to be (if I can manage to connect to my bank, which at the moment I can't. Grrr). I almost never see duplicates. Matching works reasonably well. I almost always can just hit Reconcile and boom! Perfect.

    2) If people are trying to compare Mint and Quicken to yNAB well, they're using it wrong! It is a computer program that imports transactions from the bank but the similarity stops there. yNAB is unique and i rely on it every day to know how much money is available. Tracking expenses after the fact? Not so useful to me.

    Honestly I'd be lost without ynab.

    I'd love to see ynab interface with Google calendar. I schedule my payments on the calendar. I can imagine some nice ways to integrate those 2 tools!

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  • Since the switch over to using Plaid, my downloaded transactions are attributing activity to the wrong accounts at the same institution. For example, the downloaded transaction will indicate a payment made from my mortgage account instead of checking account. Any advice on how to correct this? Thanks!!

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    • Hi Orange Koala !

      If you haven't already, please fill out this form and our Direct Import team will help you get things back up and running! :)

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      Thank you! I think I was able to fix it using the trouble-shooting link in the form. Love this app and great customer service!

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  • This Plaid announcement also matches up with my Charles Schwab US connection no longer connecting after having had no issues for a very long time. I didn’t get a notification asking me to update my connection. It just quit working. It says there is a known widespread issue with this bank in the connection interface but this bank isn’t mentioned at all on the YNAB Status page. The website connects fine in the interface hyperlink website.

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    • Superbone Your accounts are connected through another import partner, MX—who we will continue to work with. You won't see the update, and it's not related—just coincidence with a recent change they've made.

      Generally, we include active issues impacting our top 20 institutions on the status page (Schwab is not one), and only after we've been able to confirm they're widespread. Our importing team will keep tabs on the situation, and they're always happy to check on the status!

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      Nicole Thanks for the info. In the interface when trying to connect, it does say that there’s a widespread issue with Charles Schwab US but that’s all the info given. My recommendation would be to add the info that I got after following up with support. Otherwise, I have no timeframe for when it might be fixed and I was going through the hassle of trying to update it every day. Now I know I can relax and wait until I get the go ahead from support that it has been fixed.

      Anything you can do to reduce the unknowns for your customers is appreciated. It’s not so fun being left in the dark.

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    • Superbone Thanks for clarifying! I passed your feedback on to our importing team. Yes, we mention the widespread issue in the app but the details themselves can change (and the note needs to be mobile-friendly too)—so writing in is best. Then we're able to tag your account and reach out when we have actionable news. Timelines are...rare to receive, but we're cautiously optimistic!

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  • Same problem here. My connections all updated and I've had multiple problems ever since, including Charles Schwab US connection being broken for almost a week now. Ever since the update, I've yet to login and actually have every connection work. My connections were far more reliable before. 

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      Magenta Piranha I heard back from support about Charles Schwab US. I would hope they don't mind me sharing this information. They should put it on the YNAB Status page and the internal message that shows when trying to connect:

      Charles Schwab is currently blocking access from some third-parties (which include our data aggregators) at this time, in order to prioritize customer-based traffic to their online banking.

      While we've been given a tentative timeframe of just a few weeks, it could go on longer if Schwab determines it necessary.

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  • I updated all my accounts on Friday, and then it seemed to take forever for the next import to come through.  usually, if you hover over the little check mark next to the account name, it tells you when the last time it was updated.  Generally (before the update) it would never be much more than 8 hours.  Or if I had just logged in, it might say longer, but the login would trigger an update (maybe, I'm assuming here, because it happened fairly frequently) and everything would be available fairly quickly.

    Well, Nothing got updated yesterday, and today, one of my accounts had some new transactions to import, but several are saying "2 days" or 11 hours.  One of them says "1 hour ago", but I have no idea why that one, and none of the others updated.  Anyway, since there isn't a way to "trigger" an update, I'm a little less than impressed with the availability of my imports.

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      Bruce This is where I'm at. Some of my accounts say "a day ago" and some say "8 hours ago". It's frustrating not being able to trigger myself when it's been more than a certain number of hours.

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    • Peppr2 All of mine say "2 days ago". :( Things have gotten far worse since the update.

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      • Superbone
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      Bruce Did YNAB ask you to update your accounts? Just curious as mine didn't and mine all say "an hour ago" at the moment.

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      Superbone It asked me a few days ago.

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    • Hi Bruce , Peppr2 , Stephen Kirven and zyonuf79 !

      Sorry for the trouble! If you still aren't seeing transactions import in the next day or two, please fill out this form and our Direct Import team will help you get things back up and running! :)

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      Superbone Yes, mine did ask me to update.  I went through each account, and did a reconcile before hitting the update, but Yes, I did get a request, and went through the process.

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  • Same problem here....5 of 7 show updated two days ago.  Updating was fine until the transition.

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  • Same for me.  4 of my 5 accounts updated 2 days ago.

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    • Purple Nomad Silver Cheetah Please report a Bank Importing Issue here, and our team will be happy to look into those connections for you!

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    • Nicole I was prompted to reconnect to 2 of my banks this morning.  In both cases, I had to confirm 2 separate text messages.  Once confirmed twice, the accounts reconnected.

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    • Nicole So 4 of my 5 accounts are current (Amex is only 12 hours old).  I have one checking account that hasn't updated in 2 days.  If it doesn't reconnect tomorrow, I'll report a Bank Importing Issue, per your recommendation.

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    • Silver Cheetah My Capital One Checking account hasn't updated for 3 days, so I reported the issue this morning.  

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    • Silver Cheetah Nicole any updates on the capital one issues?  Its been a pain forever with constant 2FA logins.  But now since the updated on the Plaid import, I have to actually re-login with a password and then go through two rounds of text message 2FA codes.  what's going on? a big pain

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    • Orange Sound Please get in touch with support directly if you haven't already—we may be able to help!

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  • Imports not working well for me either. Most recent import was 16 hours ago, while others are two and three days ago.

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    • Purple Nomad Our team can look into that for you! Can you let us know more details about your connection, when you have a moment? And we'll investigate. Thank you!

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    • Nicole Most my account are working now, except my Wells Fargo account always requires me to put in the credentials, and always makes me do the code that the bank texts me twice. Capital One isn't working at the moment at all, but I know that issue has been reported.

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  • My USAA account is updating, but I have to add it over again every day.  I repeat the process of signing in and then I have to do two-factor authentication.  The two-factor authentication doesn't work on the first try and I have to do it a second time.  I've done this every day since the update. 

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    • Blue Zebra Thanks for filling out the bank issue form! Our importing team will look closer at that USAA connection, and be in touch soon.

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    • Blue Zebra A week later, I continue to have the same issue with USAA imports.  And going through the two factor process twice takes for-ev-er!  Or at least it seems that way because you have to watch it like a hawk because it might time out and force your to start over.  Or if it doesn't, you still have to watch it like a hawk, because the UI won't do anything until you confirm that you see that it worked, and it *will* still time out if you don't do that fast enough.

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    • Hi Aquamarine Cartridge !

      Sorry for the trouble! This issue is on our status page and we're working towards a solution, but it could be a while before it's resolved.

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  • Faness and Todd - Thank you  for the updates and the continued work toward constant improvement. I like the peek under the hood on pending transaction imports, and the candor. Things aren't always perfect, but I sincerely appreciate that you don't sugar coat things here at YNAB.

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  • I have Capital One accounts and a Discover account. I had to relink often before the update, but they worked.  After the update, I have to relink, then it will go two or more days with no import, and then I have to reverify again, but it often fails. I have been locked out of my Discover online access twice because of failed attempts for the direct import to connect. This morning I unlinked my accounts, much easier to just import the qfx file daily. This update was definitely not an improvement for me.

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    • Chris Akers Sorry for the trouble! The delayed imports are a current issue we're aware of and working on a fix. We're keeping our status page updated with any new information we receive. Hopefully, things will be back up and running smoothly in the near future!

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      Chris Akers I'm having the same problem with Capital One. Can you please explain to me how to import the qfx file? It sounds like it might be a faster way to keep current.

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    • Friendly_gal Friendly_gal When you are viewing your account transactions on the Capital One website, you will see a link at the top right of the transactions list that says Download Transactions. Click that, choose QFX as the file type, 30 day date range. Then, you can just drag and drop that file right into your account in YNAB. It will ignore transactions that have already been imported. Works well for me, much less painful that direct import at the moment.

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      Chris Akers Thanks, Chris. I actually did the download, but when I opened it, I got a message that I didn't have an application associated with that type of file and referred me to a default apps settings page to create one. I can't find that page...

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      Chris Akers Chris Akers  Hi Chris. I just figured out that I didn't have to create an association. I just dragged the file into YNAB as you suggested and it imported.  Unfortunately, none of the transactions matched the ones that I had manually input so I ended up deleting them all. The amounts were all correct but I guess it couldn't match Amazon with AMZN, etc. Don't know if that would have happened with direct import, but I appreciate the help!

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      Friendly_gal Don't open it. Drag it directly into the YNAB web app.

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      Superbone Just figured it out and did just that. Thanks for the response!

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      Friendly_gal Yes, we cross-posted. You can manually match those transactions and then next time they will most likely match automatically. To match them, select the two transactions you want to match and go up to the Edit menu in the top left and select Match.

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      Superbone That's very helpful. Thanks!

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      Superbone I feel like a bad penny that keeps popping up, but I'm obviously not over the hump yet. I just did a file import with five transactions. However, when I select and try to match them under Edit, the match option is grayed out. I don't know what's causing this. Some of the transactions have different dates because they processed after the date I made (and input) the purchase. None of the imported ones have categories, but I can't imagine you would have to categorize each one before matching--that's more work than manual reconciliation! Any thoughts why Match is not available?

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      Friendly_gal No worries. First of all, make sure you only have two transactions selected at a time. Sometimes I forget that I have another transaction selected because I was modifying it previously. Another reason matches are disallowed is if you try to match a two imported transaction. Occasionally, I've heard of duplicate transactions importing.

      I just realized that I'm sure there is support material about matching. Here, found this. See if it helps explain things:

      https://www.youneedabudget.com/matchmaker-matchmaker-make-me-a-match/

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      Superbone Well it's definitely not as simple as they make it out to be. I have selected two (not three or more) transactions, the amount is identical, and one was manually input and the other imported. "Match" is still grayed out for all three transactions ( I got rid of the confusing Amazon ones). Guess I will have to send the issue to support. It shouldn't be this hard...

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    • Friendly_gal There are a couple of other reasons you might not be able to get two transactions to match— Superbone mentioned two common ones! We'd be happy to take a look if you contact support.

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      Matthew Thank you, Matthew. I submitted a support request this afternoon.

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  • I'm finding the direct import process to be MUCH slower than before the update.  Wells Fargo is now asking for two-step ID, which it did not do before (I don't know if this is a change at Wells or prompted by Plaid). To make matters worse, it is asking for it twice, perhaps because I have both a checking account and a savings account linked?  I have always had two-step ID with Capital One, but it accepted and imported much faster before. Plus, it now asks for my creds twice even though I only have one account. All in all, I am very disappointed in how much more time it takes to import... 

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      Friendly_gal I've got Capital One as well, and can confirm that it's asking for 2FA twice.  Fortunately, I'm only using Capital One as my Money Market fund, so really only need to import and reconcile monthly, but if it were my main account, I'd be really annoyed.

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      Bruce Yeah, unfortunately Capital One is my main (and only) general purpose credit card. I use it for everything because I get cash rewards, which right now are helping fund my future "take my grandsons to Disneyland in style" category. 🙂 I'm currently trying the file import method, which seems like an improvement. However, I manually input everything anyway, so if the file import method ultimately disappoints, I will just go back to manually reconciling when the payment comes due. I did if for years, I can do it again. Although it irks me to pay for the import feature when it doesn't work...

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      Friendly_gal I can live with inputting the credentials every time and the 2FA twice, but what irritates me is that it won't even give me that option until two days have passed since the previous import. If I could at least initiate the import process after 8 hours (as purported to be the standard), I'd be happier (for a while). 

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      Peppr2 At least the file import option let's you request an import as frequently as you like. However, I'm having difficulty matching imported transactions and have a ticket into support. Hopefully they can resolve the issue and I can avoid direct importing until they get all the kinks out.

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      Friendly_gal I'll be curious to hear what the matching issue was. Keep us posted.

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      Friendly_gal I've never tried pulling in a file. I suppose I should do that, but it seems so unnecessary when I would be perfectly happy if things worked as advertised - auto download every 8 hours at most.

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      Superbone I heard back from Support. Apparently if you import a file, not only does the amount have to  match but the transaction DATE does, too. That will never happen if you manually input the day you make the transaction because, at least with a credit card, it is not possible for it to clear on the same day. Sarah acknowledged that the YNAB team knows there is work still to do in this area. 😕

      As for direct import, she said that the transactions were duplicates of imported transactions that had already matched, possibly caused by the timing of the Plaid transition. I used to import daily, so I suppose that's possible. She does not expect that to continue--we shall see. If direct import remains an issue or just a pain, I will probably file import to make sure I didn't miss anything, and then just delete the imported transactions.  What a shame that such a potentially helpful feature does not work properly!

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      Friendly_gal I'm confused by that first paragraph. I have transactions all the time that have different dates but still match. I put in recurring transactions for all my known bills. They all direct import and match without a hitch even if the imported date is different. I was told that they have to be within 10 days of each other.

      But maybe you're saying manually imported files work differently? That makes no sense to me. If that's the case, they do have a lot of work to do still.

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      Superbone That's exactly the case. Direct import will match within 10 days. File import must have the same date to match per Sarah in Support. I'm not sure why they would even suggest file import as an option when they know transactions won't match. Hopefully importing won't always be this painful.

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      Friendly_gal I don't think Sarah is right, I use file based import from time to time and have never had that be a problem. 

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      Faness Can we get clarification on this?

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    • Superbone That is not expected behavior. I just tried this, and my manually entered transaction dated for 5/3 automatically matched to my imported transaction dated 5/1. 

      Friendly_gal I believe I found the confusion here.  In order for a transaction imported via a file to be skipped (not matched), its direct import counterpart needs to have the exact same date and amount. It sounds like you entered transactions and matched them, then did a file based import which imported duplicates since those transactions had different dates and they couldn't be matched because they were duplicates and the originals had already been matched. This is a perfect storm scenario and it really should be an easier process going forward.

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      Faness 

      Faness said:
      It sounds like you entered transactions and matched them

       This is the part I don't understand.  I have never personally matched anything. Are you saying that the transactions automatically matched during a direct import I did before the file import? If that is the case, how would I know that the match ever took place?

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      Faness Or is that when I get the green "cleared" icon?

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    • Friendly_gal That's exactly it! If you manually enter a transaction and leave it as uncleared, when transactions import they'll match and become cleared. Once you accept the match, the only indication is the cleared icon (if you cleared the transaction before the import, there will be no change). There is no lasting indication in the register that a transaction was once matched.

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      Faness Thank you for the clarification! 🙂

      Friendly_gal Transactions will never match without you approving them. Once approved and matched, they can't be matched again. I agree with Faness that it may have had to do the the Plaid changeover. It may have direct imported them originally and then manually imported again in which case they can't be matched a second time.  Does that make sense?

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    • Superbone My pleasure! 😁

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      Superbone Yes, it does. Now I just have to decide if I want to go through all the extra verifications now required by direct import, use file import instead, or just do the manual thing I've done for years when my statement arrives and  maybe try again when more of the kinks have been resolved.

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      Faness Thanks for the clarification. My next question is do I really have to reconnect my accounts every time I want to direct import? Both Wells Fargo and Capital One are requiring me to submit my creds twice every time I do. It is time consuming and frustrating, which is why I tried file import in the first place....

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      Friendly_gal I think I'd personally do the manual file import until things get fixed but that's just me. Once or twice a week at most.

      My checking account wouldn't link at all for a couple weeks. My account would only export csv which I would then have to convert in order to import. I ended up just logging into my account every few days and manually entering in new transactions. Most were already covered by scheduled transactions so it wasn't too painful.

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    • Friendly_gal I second Superbone's suggestion. If you're manually entering transactions, a quick File Based Import once or twice a week when you reconcile will just keep things polished.

      We're currently working on ironing out the kinks with the login. However, Capital One's security requirements will most likely still require re-authentication with every import. If it's a huge frustration, I'd stick with File Based Importing until the issues are resolved on our status page. I have a few accounts that are File Based Importing only and they haven't given me any trouble yet. ;)

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      Faness Superbone  Thank you both for the recommendation. It sounds like the best compromise. I manually input transactions the same day I make them, often on the fly, because I like to stay as current as possible. FYI--Capital One has always required re-authentication with every import, but before the transition it only made me do it once, and it was quick. Now it is asking me to do the same thing twice every time and each time is much slower than it was before.  :(  Hopefully the Wells Fargo 2x requirement will go away entirely when things are fixed.

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  • I just want to report that my issues were resolved after I opened a case (reported a Bank Importing Issue) and YNAB support worked with me to change import partners.  Plaid wasn't working for me, I was going 3 days without updates, then getting prompted to reconnect my accounts, having to authenticate via 2FA twice, etc.  They moved my accounts (I have CapitalOne and Navy Federal) to the import partner MX, and everything is working like it used to work, before switching to Plaid.

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    • Silver Cheetah  Thanks for the feedback, I'm going to submit a Bank Importing Issue too then! I have Navy Federal and it's all been very frustrating.

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      Silver Cheetah I'll have to look into that. I'm a Capital One customer, too.

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  • As a former Mvelopes user, I disagree you cannot grab data on command, as Mvelopes does EXACTLY that, and you can actually pull pending transactions.

    I get that Finicity is the developer of Mvelopes, so perhaps they have a feature they do not offer companies (or competitors, in the case of YNAB), but it can be done.

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  • Faness Just curious: since the import issue has been removed from the status page (the last I had seen was a May 7th update before it disappeared), does that mean the issue is considered resolved? Or did I miss something somewhere along the way?

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    • Hi dhooper !

      An incident shouldn't be removed from our Status Page until it has been resolved, or come to a definite conclusion. The re-authentication issue is still listed and Capital One has been listed for quite a while now. Is there another incident you were tracking there? I'd be more than happy to check the status! :)

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      Faness It wasn't either of the re-authentication or Capital One issues. There was one that was listed between those two for a while, and the last update it had had was on May 7th. It was related to the switch to Plaid and discussed the import problems. I wish I had the name of it but I don't. But it covered import issues for people who didn't have MFA problems with the new import.

      Thanks!

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    • dhooper Since that incident has been removed, those issues should have been resolved. If you're still having trouble, please use this form to report a Bank Importing Issue so our team can take a closer look at your account connections. 

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