Sports Investing Index (November 2011 Performance)

Sports Investing Index (November 2011 Performance)

Commentary on Performance- November 2011

The Sports Investing Index had some interesting divergences during November, but had another down month.
After reaching an all-time high in June, the Sports Investing Index has declined markedly since that time, and is now down for the year and is at its lowest level since August 2010.  As with any any investment, there are good times as well as down times.  The information on this site is for entertainment and educational purposes only. Use of this information in violation of any federal, state, or local laws is prohibited.

Sports Investing Index performance notes:

  • During November, the Sports Investing Index was down -1.1% and was comprised of NHL, College Football and NFL sports investing action.  We look forward to the start of the NBA season for additional diversification and additional profit opportunities in the Index.

  • The NHL had a nice uptick, gaining about +8% for the Index.

  • On the other hand, after a solid start to the season, the NFL had poor performance in November, losing -8%.

  • December will see a lot of action, with the college football bowl season combining with the end of the NFL season, and the start of the NBA season.  The NHL season is in full swing and is currently the most profitable sport for the Index.

  • Please visit Sports Insights for an upcoming article on betting against the Public in college basketball.

Sports Insights publishes a Sports Investing Index to reflect the performance of applying contrarian value approaches to the major US sports marketplaces.  The origins of the Sports Investing Index were published in our book, “Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads.”

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Sports Investing Index

  • The Sports Investing Indexis based on Sports Insights Square Plays. (Square Plays are the day’s most lopsided games in terms of the public betting trends)

  • Additional indexes and benchmarks may be developed over time.

  • Inception: 2003

  • Index performance will be published monthly.

  • Sports Covered:  NFL, College Football, NBA, College Basketball, MLB, NHL

Figure 1: Sports Investing Index (August 2003 – November 2011)

Recent Performance

Below is recent performance for the Sports Investing Index — along with other financial index benchmarks, including the S&P 500 and intermediate-term US government bonds.

Table 1: Index Performance (2011)

Index November October September Year-To-Date
Sports Investing Index -1.1 -1.0 -14.6 -18.9
S&P 500 -0.2 10.9 -7.0 1.1
Govt Bonds 0.2 -0.6 0.6 8.1

Other Index Features

  • Investable – Sports Insights Members are able to invest in the index by following Sports Insights Square Plays.  Sports Insights generally publishes its Square Plays at least one hour before sporting events.

  • Each Square Play will represent a play made while risking 1% (each unit represents 1% at risk, per play).

  • Represents a strategy of investing in the US sports marketplace using a contrarian value approach.

  • Inherent return — based on research, there appears to be an inherent return in the sports marketplace based on a systematic, contrarian approach to the sports marketplace.

  • The Index can be reconstructed by reviewing Sports Insights Square Plays.  Media can receive historical monthly performance by contacting us at Contact Us

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We do not guarantee that the trends and biases we’ve found will continue to exist. It is impossible to predict the future. Any serious academic research in the field of “market efficiencies” recognizes that inefficiencies may disappear over time. Once inefficiencies are discovered, it is only a matter of time before the market corrects itself. We do not guarantee our data is error-free. However, we’ve tried our best to make sure every score and percentage is correct.

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