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July 2021: Announcing the winners of Game 1

Join us in congratulating our Sharemarket Game winners – and learn more about their strategies.

Game wrap-up

Another gripping Sharemarket Game has come to an end with a clear winner – 18-year-old Campbell (BUY GME AND SILVER) from New South Wales. He crossed the finish line with a final portfolio worth $70,435. 

Coming in at second place was Victoria’s Mark (MarkRicho). Like Campbell, Mark’s view that lithium mining stocks would increase due to rising demand for electric vehicles helped drive his strategy, leaving him with a healthy balance of $67,833 at game end. And Queenslander Martin (Slurchie) finished in third place with a portfolio valued at $65,858.

National first place winner

Campbell (BUY GME AND SILVER) from NSW

Have you played the game before?

I’ve previously played in the school sector. Now that I’m 18, I decided to step up into the public game.

How did you choose your companies?

I saw the lithium price soaring so I invested most of my $50,000 into lithium stocks as soon as the game began.

What was your strategy/plan?

Buy and hold. Coming out of COVID-19 and a large market dip, I chose an industry that I believed would increase with the market. After holding these lithium companies for over two months I sold everything when worldwide markets started reaching all-time highs. 

Not long after I bought back into most of the same lithium stocks for 10-15% less than what I had sold them for – after which they rose to the same price that I’d sold them at.

Did you stick to your plan?

Yes – I bought and held, with only one sale to protect against profit-takers and a market correction. 

What was your biggest lesson?

In volatile markets, buy into companies that have a good foundation but have room for long-term growth. 

First runner-up

Mark (MarkRicho) from VIC

Have you played the game before?

Yes, more than 10 times.

How many hours a day did you spend on the game – including research etc?

I spent 10 minutes a day checking stock-specific and finance news.

How did you choose your companies?

At the start, I believed exposure to lithium would deliver the best returns over the game. For the last decade I’ve watched lithium’s journey and saw its spot prices rise strongly over the past year as demand for electric vehicles grew. 

What was your strategy/plan?

My strategy was to buy and hold the four stocks I had, and continue to monitor the weekly lithium spot prices as well as other commodity prices and sectors. If lithium prices turned flat or downwards then I would consider trading out of lithium and into another sector.

Did you stick to your plan?

I stuck to holding mostly lithium for the first 14 weeks and found myself in the top 10 rankings. It seemed most top 10 players had the same idea. In the last few weeks of the Game, the lithium price increases slowed down, coal prices were trending up and some technology stocks started rising, so I sold lithium stocks and bought into technology and coal – sectors that seemed to have stronger momentum. 

What was your biggest lesson?

To stick to your investment strategy and back your own judgement if you have done your research. Lithium stocks dropped 10% in the first few weeks of the game, but finished rising by 30% by the end.

Second runner-up

Martin (Slurchie) from QLD

Have you played the game before?

Once before, but I didn't last the whole game.

How many hours a day did you spend on the game – including research etc?

I only bought and sold the group stocks I was following on days when I could spare the time. On those days I spent less than 30 minutes buying and selling, and up and to 30 minutes monitoring and researching.

How did you choose your companies?

Initially, I used a list of companies that I would normally see as too risky for long-term investments. Toward the end I selected stocks that had had recent bad news or were undervalued.

What was your strategy/plan?

I looked for stocks with a cyclic pattern that I could benefit from in the short 3-month period. I bought toward the bottom of the stock’s price range and sold when I could make between 5-10%.

Did you stick to your plan?

No – about half way through, hoping to catch up with the leaders, I looked at depressed stocks with reasonable fundamentals that had recently had bad news. 

Then I sold stocks that hadn't moved, or had losses to give me some spare cash and just held stocks that I thought might get me some gains. The last day was just luck – I was holding IT stocks that went up slightly while everyone else seemed to be holding something that suffered significant losses.

How did you handle the market volatility?

I was attracted to the market volatility throughout the competition but towards the end I tried to maintain enough cash to buy if there was a significant drop. 

What was your biggest lesson?

This isn’t the kind of trading I’d do with my own money. It highlighted that the quality of the businesses I was investing in wasn't reflected in the price performance during the game’s short period.

Anything else you think would help other players?

Everyone should have a go at the Sharemarket Game for fun – but don't model your own investments on this type of trading.

League winners

The winning league in the ‘10 players or fewer’ category was ANDO, whose ‘in it for the fun’ attitude worked out beautifully. The ANDO league finished the game with a portfolio of stocks worth $61,324.

Leading the ‘11 players or more’ category was New South Wales league PSV Stocks, who wrapped up the game with a portfolio worth $52,823.

Congratulations to all our winners – and everyone who participated in Game 1 of the 2021 Sharemarket Game. We hope you all enjoyed the experience and learned some valuable lessons about investing. 

Here are our winner’s strategies – and lessons learned.

League winner – more than 10 players

PSV Stocks from NSW

What was your motivation to create a league?

Given the recent challenges of COVID, we wanted to get our people involved in something engaging to build team spirit.

How many hours a day did you spend on the game – including research etc?

Probably no more than one hour daily.

How did you choose your companies?

Watching the news, financial reviews and observing trends. We analysed today’s world, to try and work out what was driving each company within the stock market and externally.

What was your strategy/plan?

We tried to encourage a healthy level of competitive spirit between colleagues, so we all invested in different companies. It forced us to also stay on board and not put all our eggs in one basket. 

Did you stick to your plan?

Not really!

How did you handle the market volatility? 

I guess we just relied on our gut feeling and got rid of shares that kept declining.

What was the biggest lesson you have learnt?

You win some and you lose some.

10 active players or fewer

ANDO from VIC

What was your motivation to create a league?

To have fun with friends.

How many hours a day did you spend on the game – including research etc?

About a half to one hour a day on research and trading.

How did you choose your companies?

For some, based on how we thought COVID-19 would affect the market. We bought others in the dips, hoping for a significant rise.

What was your strategy/plan?

Buy in the dips and hold companies no matter what until they make a profit. If we thought we’d found a company worth buying, we told the others.

Did you stick to your plan?

Yes, we weren’t tempted to deviate from it because it was working well.

How did you handle the market volatility?

It was a surprise how volatile the market could actually be, but we mostly stuck to lower-risk investments.

What was the biggest lesson you have learnt?

How the stock market really works and how to properly use it.