Shell, Spirent, Nvidia and many more in the Proactive Xmas tips contest

Our third annual festive stock picking competition throws up a record 17 choice investment morsels for the coming year.

Whose stock or investment trust or fund will rise the most in 2023? (Or fall the least as the competition almost was last year.)

To go back, the past year was recently wrapped up with an ETF short-selling Cathie Wood in the top position, followed by a UK mid-cap that was taken over and a well-respected investment trust in third place.

The year before, the choice of an AIM toddler beat off a big uranium miner and wily old Warren Buffet.

Both times the best-performing investment choice at the final hurdle has been one that raced to an early lead and carried most of the gains through to the winning line – so let’s see how the 2023 share tips fare.

Here are your runners and riders – lined up alphabetically by surname in the traps, with more detail if you keep scrolling all the way:

  1. A FTSE 100 oil major – Chris Beauchamp, IG
  2. UK equities-focused investment trust – Ian Cooper, Brewin Dolphin
  3. US big tech stock – William Farrington, journalist at Proactive
  4. Equity: China equity investment trust – Danni Hewson, AJ Bell
  5. Equity: UK mid-cap telecoms share – Peter Higgins aka @Conkers3
  6. Aussie gold miner – Peter Hodgkins, private investor
  7. Media sector small cap – Andrew Hore, The AIM Journal
  8. Mid-cap insurer – John Kingham, UK Dividend Stocks
  9. Luxury fashion share – Dan Lane, Freetrade
  10. UK smaller companies fund – Darius McDermott, FundCalibre
  11. US airline stock – Sam North, eToro
  12. Global bond ETF – Victoria Scholar, ii
  13. UK income fund – Peter Sleep, 7IM
  14. London-listed Coal miner – Vince Stanzione, trader and trainer
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