Investing in the stock market carries inherent risks. Just like gambling, it involves the risking of capital in the hope of future financial gains. Both involve speculating on an outcome that can’t be guaranteed – however, there are also some key differences to bear in mind. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between gambling and investing.
Falling back on a safe option
Both gambling and investing offer the chance to fall back on a safe option. For gamblers, this might be playing on slot games that have a high payback rate – though offer less than you might stand to win at a high-risk slot. In blackjack, there are certain approaches to the game – and ways of budgeting – which can make a big difference to the house edge you’re up against, and how much you walk away with.
For example, the Martingale means you double your previous stake for every losing bet you make – so if you eventually win a hand you’ll have adequately compensated for your losses. We’d recommend putting these to the test when playing American blackjack before taking the table for real. Who knows, you might even prefer the experience, as so many gamblers do.
In investing, you can also choose to take a punt on tried-and-tested shares that have been rising in value incrementally over months – as opposed to throwing all your eggs into the same basket and investing in a start-up.