Fantasy Investment Portfolio game
Trading has begun on the Barclays Fantasy Investment Portfolio game, with a grand prize of £25,000.
New to the game? Unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for the grand prizes but you can still register now to have a chance of winning great monthly prices and learn about investing without stumping up any of your own cash - and it’s free to play.
What's it all about?
Most people are familiar with Fantasy Football – as the manager of a fantasy team, you’re given a pot of money to build a winning side. Barclays new Fantasy Investment Portfolio game works along the same lines.
You will need to register, create a portfolio and then wait to see how your selected funds perform, putting you in the running for some big prizes. You can, of course, change your selection during the game.
There’ll be an overall leaderboard but you can also form mini-leagues with friends and colleagues to add to the excitement.
What can I win?
The registered player with the highest valued portfolio at the end of the game (31 August 2011) wins £25,000 1, the runner-up takes £10,000 1 and the third-place prize is £5,000 1. We also have Barclays Premier League tickets and magnums of Champagne for the top fund managers each month.
Please note, players who register after 12 noon on 30 November 2010 will be eligible for the monthly prizes, but not for the overall prizes, as the competition has already started.
How do I register?
Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes:
1. Select the register button from the Fantasy Investment Portfolio homepage, which can be accessed via the 'Find out more' button below.
2. You will be taken to a 'Register to play' page. On that page, select a name and badge for your portfolio and then fill in your personal details. Don’t forget that you need to read and agree to the terms and conditions
3. Next, select the funds to include or choose an option
4. Select the 'Save' button and you're done
Remember, this is a game that lasts nine months and should not be confused with real investing. The big differences are that:
- When investing for real you can actually lose money, since the value of investments and any income they produce can go down as well as up.
- Past performance is no indicator of what might happen in the future. So no matter how well your funds perform in the game, there's no knowing how well - or how badly - they could perform if you decide to invest for real.
- In real life, investment funds are designed to be held for the medium to long term - that is five to 10 years. Holding them for a shorter period increases the risk that you could lose money, although in reality you could still lose money if you hold them for longer.
- In this game, the investment funds you play with do not carry the full transaction costs. This means that returns within the game will look better than they would in real life.
1. As a cash prize or to be invested in any investment fund(s) available on the Barclays site as chosen by the relevant participant