Pottsy unflappable as losses gobble turkeys

WELL, the global crisis so fervently wished for by the racers chasing top spot has failed to materialise and Pottsy holds his nerve to take out the final contest of the year.

WELL, the global crisis so fervently wished for by the racers chasing top spot has failed to materialise and Pottsy holds his nerve to take out the final contest of the year.

Our resident guru was treated generously by that jovial, well-fed yuletide figure, resplendent in flowing white beard, mischievous sparkle in his merry eye. No, not Gandalf! Of course, we are speaking of Sharesy Claus.

Sharesy Claus doesn't care whether you've been naughty or nice - he's far less judgmental than that North Pole busybody and his morality police elves - and he's happy to take as well as give. And take he did.

Aside from Pottsy, all our racers lost money as the market slipped 2.8 per cent to finish 3.3 per cent down over the four weeks. Astro nut Doreen Daze finished strongly, which means heartbreak once again for the AFR's Philip Baker, who takes home a bronze medal to add to his collection. Engineer Boz McDonald holds on to a spot in the top half of the ladder, despite a couple of his stocks losing about a third in value. Centro Properties was his best investment. Hmmm, there's something awry with that statement.

Moving down the list, chartist Richard Pritchard swaps positions with Dartboard, giving him bragging rights in their eternal struggle of one-upmanship. At the foot of the table, investor John Schneider had a shocking last week (down 8 per cent) after five of his stocks dropped by about a fifth. That's got to be some kind of record. The best performer of the week was real estate agent Graeme Cullen, who is really hitting his straps, if a tad late.

We're back in 2012 with more shares race action adventure. Thanks for reading and happy holidays.

1st David Potts AFR Investor

Anglo Aust $12,222

Carpentaria Exp $10,857

Cooper Energy $9136

Crossland Uranium $8941

Flinders Mines $18,065

Gold Anomaly $12,381

Legend Min $8125

Peninsula Energy $6522

Poseidon Nick $9048

Tap Oil $8936

$104,232

2nd Doreen Daze Astrologer

AntisenseTherapeutic $13,810

AustarUnited $10,391

Crown $9878

IndiaEquitiesFund $7949

MagellanFlagship $9704

MSFSugar $9911

Reckon $9038

RichmondMin $7903

TelstraCorp $10,219

VirginBlueHldgs $10,000

$98,804

3rd Philip Baker AFR Associate Editor

ANZ Banking Grp $10,097

Auspaccoal $10,000

Energy Res $7812

Fletcher Bld $9850

Freedom Food $10,353

Invocare $10,750

Myer Hldgs $9027

REA Grp $9723

Seek $10,180

Virgin Blue Hldgs $10,000

$97,792

4th Boz McDonald Engineer

BHP Billiton $9465

Centro Prop stp $13,972

Cochlear $10,117

Jacka Res $9667

Leighton Hldgs $9586

Metminco $7647

Origin Energy $9573

QBE Insurance Grp $9431

Telstra Corp $10,219

Vector Res $6737

$96,415

5th Richard Pritchard Chartist

Bionomics $12,857

Cape Lambert Res $8738

Consegna Grp $9375

Fortescue Metals Grp $9226

JB Hi-Fi $9428

Origin Energy $9573

PanAust $8980

Promesa $7157

Seek $10,180

StratumMetals $9524

$95,037

6th Dartboard

Azumah Res $9213

Cooper Energy $9136

Endocoal $12,162

Linc Energy $6361

Matrix C & E $10,157

Mirabela Nickel $8127

News Corp pref $10,422

Universal Coal cdi $8889

Voyager Res $8718

Western Desert Res $11,071

$94,257

7th John Schneider Investor

Alkane Res $8197

Bannerman Res $8148

Focus Min $9153

Gindalbie Metals $8034

Horizon Oil $9130

Mincor Res NL $8263

OneSteel $7700

QBE Insurance Grp $9431

SevenWest Media $10,090

Westfield Grp stp $9951

$88,098

8th Graeme Cullen Real Estate Agent

Blina Min NL $4286

Broken Hill Prospect $9091

Ceramic Fuel Cells $8750

Consolidated Tin Min $9231

Lynas Corp $9237

Mutiny Gold $9875

OBJ $8636

Phosphagenics $11,471

Prima BioMed $8378

Tissue Therapies $7736

$86,691

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