Now the entries are closed. tonight will reflect the first moves, i can already guess how it will look, lol... I compiled a spreadsheet with the most popular shares in this year's challenge, see the news page - http://www.valueinvestorsa.com/stockpicker/News.aspx
There is no way of telling if the picks are actually held in the contestants OST portfolio, I also think this is not important as it is a competition of who thinks what share will do best in 2009, if you hold it or not, doesn't actually matter in my view.
No worries - it was just the original challenge was for picks in our own portfolios. I have gone with picks in my own portfolio, although whether I'll be hanging onto them all for this year is another question. Good stuff.
I have selected (mainly) a bunch of small caps that I would never dream of holding on to for the whole year. Had I picked a "good" portfolio, I would expect average to above-average performance, but almost zero chance of winning. With the "extreme" portfolio I chose, I've got a better chance of extreme performance, either extremely good, or extremely bad, depending on what the market does.