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2018 Biotech Charity Contest
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Welcome to the 2018 Biotech Stock Picking Charity Contest.

Here are the 2018 Contest Guidelines:

1) Each contestant starts with a virtual $100,000 cash to be allocated to a portfolio of biotech stocks. Initial portfolio stock prices for the 2018 Contest will be set at their closing price on Friday, December 29, 2017. The Contest submission deadline is Monday, 1/1/2018, Midnight, PST. The Contest’s end date is Monday, December 31, 2018, 4PM EST. Contestants are pledged to donate to the charity selected by the contestant with the year’s best-performing portfolio.

2) Only biotech stocks are eligible to be included in Contest portfolios.
Traditionally, we've defined "biotech" very broadly. However, if one or more contestants strongly object to a particular stock being categorized as a biotech, I’ll use my judgment to determine whether that stock is eligible for the Contest.

3) Foreign and low-priced biotech stocks are considered eligible. For foreign stocks, I will generally use prices from the exchange where that stock is most actively traded, with prices converted to dollars based on the appropriate prevailing exchange rate.
Traditionally, Contest portfolios overloaded with penny or illiquid stocks are frowned upon. In such cases, I may ask the contestant to change her/his portfolio composition. In addition, if one or more contestants strongly object to a penny or foreign stock pick due to it being illiquid, I’ll use my judgment to determine whether that stock is eligible for the Contest.

4) Each portfolio should include a minimum of 8 stocks and a maximum of 10 stocks.

5) Each portfolio stock’s allocation is limited to a maximum of 20% and a minimum of 5%.

6) I use the Yahoo Finance symbols to download quotes. So if Yahoo uses a suffix in a stock symbol, please include it when posting your picks. To make it easier for me to set up my spreadsheet, here are two examples of the best way to post your picks:
FGEN 10%
As indicated above, all I need is the symbol (in UPPERCASE) and %age of $100,000 you wish to invest. Please leave a few spaces between the symbol and %age. It also helps if you alphabetize your stock picks.

7) Contest portfolios may be posted on this thread or in a Silicon Investor PM to me.
Portfolios posted to me by PM will not be made public until the Contest submission deadline has passed.

8) Stock picks may be rejected if it appears a contestant violated the Biotechie Code of Honor by taking unfair advantage of market-moving news (e.g., news following the 12/29/17 market close but prior to the 1/1/18 submission deadline). Contestants may appeal any such rejection.

9) No trading is allowed during the Contest year, with the initial portfolio being held until the Contest end date: Monday, December 31, 2018, 4PM EST.

10) In the case of buyouts for cash the proceeds will be reallocated to the remaining portfolio stocks. The initial portfolio percentage allocations to those stocks will be used to determine the reallocation percentages.

11) A contestant's pledge amount and designated charity may be posted along with the initial portfolio, or at a later date. Pledge amounts should be donated to the charity selected by the Contest winner.
In past Contests, some contestants have also donated to a charity of my choice. But such donation is entirely optional.

12) Contestants objecting to decisions I make (e.g., rejection of a stock pick) may appeal my decision to the other contestants. I will change my decision if the majority of contestants who indicate their opinion on the appeal support it.

I generally post weekly Contest updates. For prospective new contestants who’d like to check out the 2017 Contest board, here’s the link:
Subject 59795

The Biotech Charity Contest boards prior to 2017 are also available at Silicon Investor by searching for:
[year] Biotech Charity

Best wishes for a Healthy & Prosperous 2018 Biotechies!
Peace & good health,
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1647/13/2018 Contest update Bears expecting a triskaidekaphobic tumble were disaBulbaMan-Saturday
163 Others might regard BIIB's trial results as another failure for the AmyloidIan@SI-July 6
1627/6/2018 Contest update Whatever fears of a sell-off biotech investors may haBulbaMan-July 6
161The following Table shows the First Half 2018 performance of all 62 Contest porBulbaMan-June 30
160The following Table shows the First Half 2018 performance of all 230 Contest porBulbaMan-June 30
159The following Table shows the First Half 2018 performance of all 230 Contest porBulbaMan-June 30
158Sorry for formatting screw up in prior table. Will try to do better.BulbaMan-June 30
157The following Table shows the First Half 2018 performance of all 230 Contest porBulbaMan-June 30
1566/29/2018 Contest update Between ICE, SCOTUS and POTUS, there’s plenty to ranBulbaMan-June 29
155 Appreciate your confidence, Steve. ;~) Peace & good health, BulbaBulbaMan-June 25
154Oh gosh, whatever you decide is great. I completely trust your judgement.Steve Lokness1June 24
153 Thanks Ashley, Choosing the reallocation date is always a bit arbitrary. But, tBulbaMan-June 23
152I have no objection. In real life, I got impatient waiting and sold my shares oA.J. Mullen-June 23
1516/22/2018 Contest update Although Trump has walked back his cruel policy of sBulbaMan-June 23
1506/15/2018 Contest update Although fears the bull market will be shanghaied byBulbaMan-June 15
1496/8/2018 Contest update This week, according to a Federal Reserve report, U.SBulbaMan-June 8
1486/1/2018 Contest update You can’t blame me for “gNASHing” my teeth for missinBulbaMan-June 1
1475/25/2018 Contest update Back from my very enjoyable birthday celebration in BulbaMan-May 25
146 Thanks Ashley, Yeah, it was my birthday. We had a wonderful week in D.C. but, uBulbaMan-May 22
145Bulba, somehow I misremembered your event. It was YOUR birthday you and your wiA.J. Mullen-May 21
144Happy Birthday to Mrs. Bulba!A.J. Mullen4May 18
1435/11/2018 Contest update Orthodox Jews practice the ritual of counting the 49BulbaMan1May 11
1425/4/2018 Contest update Despite a hot IPO by sleep apnea company, Inspire MedBulbaMan-May 4
1414/27/2018 Contest update We have a new Contest leader! The big winner in fBulbaMan-April 27
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