Update: March Madness: Final Four Investing Bracket 2014

March MadnessThe 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament certainly had an eventful weekend!  52 games have been played across the country with 5 of them going into overtime. The $1 Billion that Warren Buffet offered to anyone that had a perfect bracket is now a distant memory. Every year there are plenty of surprises and this year has been no different:

  • 3 of the 4 teams that were seeded as #12 in their brackets posted wins over teams seeded #5! The one team that lost was beaten by only 3 points in overtime!
  • #1 seed and ‘media darling’ Wichita State lost to #8 Kentucky in the 2nd round.
  • The 2 longest winning streaks in the country have both come to an abrupt end – Wichita State with 35 and S.F. Austin with 29.

 Here are some other mind boggling numbers to take into consideration with the NCAA Tournament:

  • The odds of winning Buffet’s $1 Billion prize was 1 in 4,294,967,296!
  • It is estimated that Vegas takes in over $100 Million from bets on the NCAA Tournament – experts think this represents only 4% of all the money wagered on games!
  • The NCAA tournament costs businesses $1.7 Billion in lost productivity during the month of March.

Our bracket is certainly no different and offers several compelling stories as well.

  • #12 seed SNTA (Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.) posts impressive wins and makes a run all the way the Final Four.
  • #10 seed DIS (Walt Disney Company) posts two upsets to become a member of the ‘Sweet 16’.
  • MONIF (Monitise PLC) becomes the story of our bracket – emerging from the International Bracket and winning it all.

If you haven’t already take a moment to dig in and read our complete story: March Madness: Final Four Investing Bracket 2014. Our bracket has been reviewed by over 5,000 readers since it was posted last Wednesday!

This has been such a popular investing article over the past few years that we’re doing two new things due to some of the excellent feedback we’ve received:

(1)  We’re tracking performance! Using an overall “deposit” of $4,000,000 we have assigned each investment at least $50,000. Depending on how far the investment survived in our bracket we added $25k to it with the exception of the overall champion which was allocated a premium. Here are the initial investment amounts if you wish to track them yourself but we’ll do the work for you and revisit the performance throughout the year:

Name Symbol Last price Shares Cost basis
Target Corporation TGT 59.54 837.66 50000
iShares S&P 500 Index (ETF) IVV 187.51 267.07 50000
Ford Motor Company F 15.4 3263.71 50000
Costco Wholesale Corporation COST 113.15 442.28 50000
Weight Watchers International, Inc. WTW 19.72 2520.16 50000
Vanguard Index Funds VB 112.78 444.88 50000
The Medicines Company MDCO 29.21 1723.54 50000
Clean Energy Fuels Corp CLNE 8.83 5643.34 50000
PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovere(ETF) PCY 27.54 1816.86 50000
iShares Silver Trust (ETF) SLV 19.19 2590.67 50000
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF BND 81.06 616.75 50000
ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20+ Yr(ETF) TBT 67.94 737.35 50000
Rio Tinto plc (ADR) RIO 52.99 949.13 50000
iShares MSCI Japan ETF EWJ 10.98 4566.21 50000
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF VEU 49.13 1020.2 50000
Telefonica S.A. (ADR) TEF 15.44 3250.98 50000
Market Vector Russia ETF Trust RSX 22.42 3351.21 75000
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (ADR) BBVA 11.97 6291.95 75000
Smith & Nephew plc (ADR) SNN 75.59 992.59 75000
Total SA (ADR) TOT 63.99 1175.92 75000
iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (ETF) TIP 111.94 669.88 75000
iShares IBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bd Fd LQD 116.59 643.34 75000
Direxion Indexed Managed Futures Strategy Fund DXMIX 35.46 2115.06 75000
Senior Housing Properties Trust SNH 22.05 3412.19 75000
Under Armour Inc UA 117.87 641.41 75000
Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF VO 112.85 665.6 75000
Spirit Airlines Incorporated SAVE 60.18 1262.2 75000
Mylan Inc MYL 49.94 1513.32 75000
Mattel, Inc. MAT 38.69 1936.48 75000
Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF VYM 62.15 1207.54 75000
Starbucks Corporation SBUX 75.88 990.23 75000
Vanguard REIT ETF VNQ 69.84 1074.19 75000
Apple Inc. AAPL 539.28 185.45 100000
The Walt Disney Company DIS 79.77 1252.19 100000
First Solar, Inc. FSLR 74.48 1344.99 100000
WhiteWave Foods Co WWAV 28.55 3517.41 100000
Market Vectors Africa (ETF) AFK 31.22 3203.07 100000
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF VWO 39.03 2558.2 100000
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bnd ETF JNK 41.19 2428.36 100000
SPDR Gold Trust (ETF) GLD 126.15 791.26 100000
iShares MSCI Mexico Inv. Mt. Idx. (ETF) EWW 62.8 1989.18 125000
Active Fixed Income 10.26 12183.24 125000
J2 Global Inc JCOM 48.34 2582.11 125000
Constellation Brands, Inc. STZ 81.54 1536.38 125000
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. SNTA 4.65 32537.96 150000
LS Opportunity Fund LSOFX 12.84 11682.24 150000
Tesla Motors Inc TSLA 221.28 801.76 175000
MONITISE PLC MONIF 1.28 174418.61 225000
Total Invested in 2014 March Madness Investing Bracket $4,000,000

March Madness 2(2)  We are also taking requests for stocks or investments from our fans. If you have a
company that you want to have us consider for next year simply email it to us at info@myportfolioguide.com with the subject heading of “March Madness 2015”.

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