FTSE 100 Competition Final Results

Our winner turns £50,000 into £68,645

Chart shows the movement of the FTSE 100 during our competition

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Congratulations to our contest winner Alexander Pryde who claims first prize finishing with a £18,645 gain. Second place goes to Stewart Morgan and third is long time leader, Hansen Low. Beers Drunk secured the wooden spoon with another 3.5% drop in the last three days of the month and no doubt glad that he is not looking at an actual loss of £18,916!

The final day of trading in our FTSE 100 competition showed the index drop another 31 points to close at 5866.10. The FTSE 100 competition has been a real education with lessons in economics, politics, foreign exchange, commodities, share dealing and probably gambling.

We hope that you have enjoyed the journey and for the 76 (exactly half our entrants) whose portfolios are less than what they started with a stark demonstration why investors are always warned that share prices can drop as well as rise.

Markets on our final day held steady following a tense US election debate. President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the Cleveland debate.

News that the UK gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have contracted by 19.8% in Quarter 2 did little to help the market which squirmed at the largest quarterly contraction in the UK economy since quarterly records began in 1955.

There was a late revival in banking shares and from Diageo but Fresnillo made gains to ensure it ended the quarter with the best gain possible, an impressive 66.9%.

For your interest this pdf FTSE_100_Share_Performance_June_-_Sept_2020.pdf 
shows the gains and losses of the shares since the start of this FTSE 100 competition. The popularity of purchase by our entrants is also shown in the final column for your interest.

AnnieBanani turned out to be our biggest mover over the last three days, gaining 15 places while Peter Douglas dropped 17 places. Best performers were those holding Diageo shares - Dougal the Cockapoo, George Primrose and Cyril U James - with a 5.1% increase since the weekend. Beers Drunk was the loser of the week with his holding, wholly in BP, creating another -3.5% result.

Best performing shares during our competition were:-
1 Fresnillo  +66.9%
2 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust +32.0%
3 Ocado Group plc +29.3%
4 Bunzl plc +24.3%
5 Croda International plc +20.8%
6 Polymetal International plc +19.4%

Poorest performing shares during our competition were:-
95 Taylor Wimpey plc  -32.8%
96 Royal Dutch Shell Plc B Shares  -34.1%
97 BP Plc  -37.8%
98 easyJet plc  -43.7%
99 Rolls Royce Holdings Plc  -63.5% 
100 International Consolidated Airlines Group SA  -71.0%

Winning portfolios:

1st Alexander Pryde - prize £250
2500 shares in Fresnillo
750 shares - Hikma Pharmaceuticals
1944 shares - Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 

2nd Stewart Morgan - prize £150
2000 shares - Fresnillo
500 shares - Pearson plc
1500 shares - Polymetal International
260 shares - J Sainsbury plc
1500 shares - Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 

3rd Hansen Low - prize £75
535 shares - Anglo American
2780 shares - Fresnillo 
1400 shares - Polymetal International
133 shares - J Sainsbury plc

Hansen who has just turned 16, based his choices on the form that when financial markets aren’t doing well, the price of precious metals increase, hence the choice of mining based shares. 

4th places Pigman’s Dad - prize £25.

A big thank you to all those who participated, we hope that you enjoyed it. The funds raised for rotary and local charities should be around £1100.

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