Well, those shares that I randomly picked out of the hat in York
have now been purchased!
And so commences our very own Monkey Stocks League Challenge!
The actual start date of the league is the end of September, since it was too difficult to get everyone to buy (for those purchasing for real, that is) on the same day, so the challenge will end on 30th September 2016.
was the first off the blocks, with his big and real purchases (only 10% of the portfolio is showing for league purposes!). His method was to choose the first five shares in the FTSE-350, in alphabetical order, starting with the letters ‘BA’.
My purchases were made on 10th Sept, as were Mr Z
‘s, which he has documented on his blog (please send me your actual figures, Mr Z)
is scheduled to make her purchases on 23rd Sept.
The three of us have gone for the random ‘blindfolded monkey’ method – Cerridwen’s were also picked out of the hat in York, Mr Z’s using Excel’s =RANDBETWEEN function to select a random stock from a different sector.
Lou (Miss FFB40) has decided to change her mind about buying for real so it’s just us four
stooges intrepid investors with real money in our Monkey portfolios! Bring it on!!
York Virtual Picks
For those who selected their shares randomly at the York FIRE Escape gathering (yes, we have a name
for these gatherings now!), all shares have now been ‘bought’ as of 10th September.
Please note that I have used the following to be consistent for the virtual portfolios:
– Regular investing fee of £1.50 per stock
– Stamp duty of 0.5%
– Purchase price of share was calculated using the Googlefinance “open” function, eg to get the price of Antofagasta plc, I used =GOOGLEFINANCE (“ANTO”, “open”, DATE(2015,9,10))
I’m sure I could have used a different function but this is the one I’ve used across the board for all the virtual stocks.
Some of you have given me names for your portfolios – for those who haven’t, I’ve taken the liberty of naming your portfolios – if you don’t like your name or wish to change it, please let me know asap – it just didn’t look very good with a load of ‘To be Advised’ listed!
sent his picks on the same day – his are the first I’ve received that were not randomly chosen. Huw, the gauntlet has been thrown! 🙂
So I still need the following before 30th September:
Cerridwen’s picks (scheduled for 23rd Sept)
Huw’s professional picks
Picks from Dividend Legion
M’s Dog picks
Need 4 from FTSE 350 from Stephen Iles (to replace the 4 you chose from AIM, Stephen)
I’ll do an opening league update in the first week of October (with proper Googlesheet link) but here’s a snapshot of what the interim table looks like, as the ‘runners and riders’ are limbering up:
Teams in Bold are real portfolios
All I can say is, it’s a marathon (that lasts a year), not a sprint and that trading fees (even when only £1.50) affect the value of any share portfolio.
Just trying to finalise my googlesheets to see how I can best lay them out etc.
I’m going to try to keep track of dividends but it’ll be a big job so if I miss any payments, please let me know so I can update. Same with any dodgy calculations or totals I have on my spreadsheets!
Already, I can see there are various October dividends to pay out (most stocks have made ex-dividend, a few haven’t) so I’ll add those into the mix.
Well, with the shares bought when the market was mostly down, the only way is up surely, for all our portfolios?
Have a great weekend all!
[Note – having accepted diy Investor (UK)’s late entry, please note I will not be accepting any more entries]