Monkey Stocks League Update #4 – Bear vs Monkeys!

As the Bear Market came roaring out in January, what happened in the Monkey Stocks League Challenge?

Looks like the monkeys got rather mauled by the bear…!

Below is a snapshot as at the close of trading 29th January 2016 and leading the charge was the Interesting Initials Fund, the only portfolio showing a gain!


For the Live table (during trading hours, Rank and Value will be updated automatically) and full portfolio listings, have a look here and also via the right sidebar.

All January dividends have been added to the respective portfolios. However, please let me know if I’ve missed any (or if there are any errors) as there are so many to keep track of.

Real Portfolios

Mixed fortunes for the real portfolios – my Funky Monkey Fund is still up there, as is the B Team Fund and the Undead Monkey Fund, both still in the top 10. The Eye of Toad Fund and the Underdogs are bogged down mid-table and below.

Expertly Picked Funds

John Kingham’s Pigmamig Fund is still up there too challenging the monkeys, while Huw’s Kunniga Apa Fund is still wallowing near the depths of the league table!

Best vs Worst

The best 5 performing shares since the start of the league are NMC Health plc, WH Smith plc, Compass Group plc, BAE Systems plc and Tate & Lyle plc.

If someone had happened to pick all these shares for their portfolio, they would have seen a nice 17.43% gain on their initial investment of £500:


Interesting to note that last month, the ‘best five portfolio’ showed a gain of 15.87% – the Bear Market appears to have not had a detrimental effect on all shares.

The worst 5 performing shares are AVEVA Group plc, Antofagasta plc, BBA Aviation plc, Nostrum Oil & Gas plc and Poundland Group plc.

If you’d had the misfortune to pick this lot, you’d be sitting on a loss of -43.08%!


Last month’s ‘worst five portfolio’ was down by -32.27%, so these ones didn’t escape the Bear’s mitts!

6 thoughts on “Monkey Stocks League Update #4 – Bear vs Monkeys!

  1. This is turning out to be very interesting Weenie.

    I realise we are still only a few months in, however, I see that this exercise of picking companies out of a bag is following the same theme as other research into funds v trackers and also my own analysis of my individual shares and the work that goes in to beat the Vanguard Lifestrategy.

    The “Mutley’s Magic Formula” (Vanguard Lifestrategy 60) is currently sitting 3rd. It will be interesting to see what happens when a bull run starts.

    Thanks for coming up with this idea and implementing this league table, I for one am finding it fascinating.


    • Hi Richard

      Yes, the whole ‘randomness’ aspect has made the very interesting and may yet show that it is all down to partly luck and not any particular skill!

      I was really surprised to see that the ‘best five’ shares had done better than in December – just assumed that all shares had gone down!

      ‘Mutley’s Magic Formula’ was actually leading for most of January, the final day’s rally pushed it into 3rd place.

      I’m glad I came up with the idea but am very grateful for everyone’s support in encouraging me to go ahead with it.

      I read recently about a how a ‘Scrabble Index’ beat the stock market –

      Given me some ideas for next time, hehe!

  2. It’s moved around loads since the start of January, pesky volatile market hammered the Undead Monkeys. Your picks are still flying high!

  3. It’s cool that you have this simulation portfolio. I guess that’s why most people just do index fund or total market funds and call it for the day. That’s pretty what I do with my 401k.

    “If someone had happened to pick all these shares for their portfolio, they would have seen a nice 17.43% gain on their initial investment of £500”. This is the exact thing a day trader would feel all the … what ifs, should have, would have LOL 🙂

    Then come the misfortune one that come at 43% loss.

    I read somewhere that say the S&P was at 13. Now it’s 1900, yet people invest money and manage to lose a lot of money. Why? hihiihih because people pull money in and out. They invest when the market is sky high, and sell when the stock is near the bottom out of fear. LOL 🙂

    • Hi Vivianne

      Well, I have actually got real money tied into my picks, as have a few others, but all the others are ‘virtual’ or fictitious portfolios.
      I think I would be a nervous wreck if all my investments were in single stocks, even though I wouldn’t be tempted to cash them in. Yes, that 43% loss would be very tough to stomach! I prefer to keep most of my money in index funds too, but like having a some picked stocks too for dividend purposes.

      Pulling money in and out just lines the pockets of stockbrokers!

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