For a business with a large number of loans for vehicles / plant etc, I would like to see a facility to allow for the quick uploading of the contents of a spread sheet to handle the large number of loan installments that have a variable monthly interest component. With installments carrying over for 3 or 4 years or more, these installments can become time consuming to manage. Let's assume for this loan that each monthly payment is $1,358.85 and is required on 8/9/12, then on 8/10/12 etc for 48 months.
If it was just a simple spend money with no breakup between various ledger accounts, this could be set up with the recurring transactions function already available. Needing to include the variation with each months interest component makes this a little more involved.
I believe a simple facility could be implemented that allows the user to cut and paste the contents of a spreadsheet into a table or matrix that allows for the following information:
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The table should allow for each installment to recur at regular intervals (set by user) with each month's interest component varying each time automatically.
The facility should also allow for older loans to be entered into MYOB even if half way through their term. It may or may not require the inclusion of capital amounts and interest rates as these would have already been created within the spreadsheet.
I have attached a copy of a sample loan spreadsheet for your perusal.
The ultimate required outcome is just a little more complex that that which is offered by the existing recurring transactions facility although it would probably suit more users if this by-passed the need to import a new spreadsheet as is the case now. Keeping it simple will automate a lot of work for a lot of fellow users.