Share Games

We have two share games on the go at the moment - the NZSA 2021 and Beyond Share Game and the NZSA/Share Trader 2021 Pick 5 Investment Game.

If you have already registered for a game you can enter your email address (or if an NZSA member your member number) below to get a link to your game home page emailed to you.

NZSA 2021 and Beyond Share Game - 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

The rules of the game are pretty simple - it is designed to mimic a real life investing platform like Sharesies. You get $10,000 of virtual cash and you can use it to "buy" and "sell" shares listed on the NZX, ASX, NYSE and NASDAQ - thats over 11,000 listed shares now and we may add other exchanges along the way! Each buy or sell will cost you 0.3% of the buy/sell amount in virtual cash for brokerage and net dividends will be credited to your virtual cash account on their payment date. You can do nothing and leave it all as cash, buy an index, trade like a maniac, buy GameStop, or any strategy you like. There are no limits other than the amount of virtual cash you have left to play with and it will be fascinating to see which strategies work the best.

To make it easy to use we provide a personal home page where you virtually buy and sell shares and the excellent people at Sharesight have provided unlimited free portfolios which the Share Game uses to track the performance of each portfolio - they can do it much better than we can! Your home page has a link to your portfolio in Sharesight so you can use Sharesight to monitor and report on it and use the Share Checker for investments you are considering. Your home page also has a link to the Leaderboard which shows how all the portfolios are doing - don't worry we don't show names, just non de plumes or numbers!

The cost is $10 for NZSA members or $25 for non members and registrations are open now. This money is used to fund the prize pool with prizes awarded for the best performance (capital gain plus dividends plus cash) plus prizes for other notable performers. There will be a grand prize, "the Buffett award", for the player who has the best performance over the whole game.

On 1 April 2021 when the game starts we will email out all registered players a link to their personalised home page and you can start investing! If you want you can register more than once to have multiple portfolios and you can register after the game starts too.

NZSA/Share Trader 2021 Pick 5 Investment Game - 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Registrations for this game are now closed. You can track the game from the public leaderboard here.

We're pleased to launch a simple share game based around the NZ Herald broker picks, and with the support of the team at Sharesight. The premise is simple: pick 5 shares that you think are ones to watch for 2021! This of course is a ‘notional’ pick – no money is changing hands and there is no notional buying or selling. You pick before the game starts and monitor your progress via your own personalised homepage at using an embedded (and anonymised) Sharesight ID or your prefered handle to track your picks on Sharesight. That means you will preserve your anonymity - no personal details will be displayed.

You can make your selections right up to January 3rd 2021. We will email out links to your homepage after 3rd January. Entry is free and there are no prizes – this is simply a way of comparing your own preferences with others and with the underlying NZX. In the past, it has been interesting to compare the percentage of selections that have outperformed the market or between the picks of individual brokers.