Discussion: Investing Versus Gambling
Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.
Based on past experiences and personal values, people have different beliefs about gambling. Some view it as a moral issue and consider luxurious casinos to be deceptive and eager to take money out of the hands of the naïve. Some people enjoy the excitement of watching the dice roll and view a night in the casino or an occasional scratch-off ticket as nothing more than a recreational experience. Also, while some people are simply disinterested in any form of gambling, there are others who become addicted to the prospect of being able to “win it all back next time” and allow gambling to destroy their lives. Just as there are diverse perspectives on gambling, there are also many different perspectives on how people connect the concept of investing to the concept of gambling. Some people make no connection between the two, defining a clear distinction between a random act of chance to a calculated investment decision. Others, however, cannot distinguish the difference, considering the stock market to be nothing more than a casino in disguise.
In this Discussion, you will consider the connection (or lack of connection) between investing and gambling, specifically in terms of investing in the stock market.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider the relationship between investments and risk.
- Consider the following statement: “Playing the stock market is like gambling. Such speculative investing has no social value, other than the pleasure people get from this form of gambling.”
- Review the Academic Writing Expectations for 2000/3000-Level Courses, provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
By Day 3
Post a 150- to 225-word (2- to 3-paragraph) explanation of the differences between gambling and investing. In your explanation, answer the following:
- How would you describe the difference between gambling and investing?
- What are the risks and potential pitfalls of investing that might cause someone to make the statement that “playing the stock market is like gambling”?
- What are 2 or 3 ways that an individual or organization could mitigate the risks and potential pitfalls of investing?
- To support your response, be sure to reference at least one properly cited scholarly source.
By Day 5
Respond with at least 75 words (1 paragraph) each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings by providing an additional risk of investing and explaining how it could be mitigated.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.