As the US election looms, Doreen secures swing to look presidential

"LOOK an asteroid!" screeches the gossamer-winged Doreen Daze, before hiking up her spangled robes and legging it past a distracted risk manager, Michael Grau-Veliz.

"LOOK an asteroid!" screeches the gossamer-winged Doreen Daze, before hiking up her spangled robes and legging it past a distracted risk manager, Michael Grau-Veliz.

Unused to the bare-knuckle brawl that is the shares race, Michael fell hook, line and sinker for Doreen's gambit, not helped by the fact that eight of his 10 stocks lost value - one better than last week, but this time Wotif.com wasn't there to save him. Even Dartboard snuck past, to now be only five smackers from top spot.

Financial planner Shaun Purcell couldn't do much better, underperforming the market, which fell 1.2 per cent for the racing week, with the miners leading the charge down (as is their wont).

But screaming (yes, literally screaming) up from the foot of the ladder comes finance clerk Richard Walker! Boosted by solid gains from ThinkSmart and Sunland Group, Richard's still a fair way off the pace, but, by gosh, has he got some momentum, and a week is a long time in markets.

Teetering as he was on the edge last week, reader Peter Callaghan has been tipped into the red after a 20 per cent plunge in Intercept Minerals. It was a fall that more than offset a 14 per cent leap in Ramelius Resources.

He may have lost money - but, by gum, it's good to see an old-fashioned, all-over-the-place racing portfolio. That leaves chartist Richard Pritchard and Da Pottsinator at the foot of the table.

By next week we will have a new Leader of the Free World. As you would expect, us free marketeers here at Shares Race Central support the one candidate with a true vision for the future, and the hair to make it happen. Bring back Trump!

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