Betting on Horses Versus Investing in the Stock Market – Are They Both Gambling?

Most people refer to betting on horses as Gambling, while the same people will refer to betting on the stock market as Investing.. These days the stock market may appear to be more of a gamble than horses. If you break it down and really consider what one is doing when they invest in the stock market it really begins to resemble gambling in the truest sense of the word. Whether you are a buy and hold investor or a day trader you are “betting” that a particular stock or conglomerate of stocks will go up or down. If they do you “win” more money. However if these stocks do not, you loose money.

Buy and hold investors buy stocks or mutual funds they believe will go up over a period of time; usually a significant amount of time. The return on this type of investment is typically quite small, most of the time in the single digit percentage. Then you must consider inflation and what you could have done with that money while it was ever so slowly “growing” in value
สล็อตออนไลน์  . This type of investing is quickly finding is way out of the mainstream investing world. The new school of thought is the timing system. This type of stock market investing relies on buying and selling based on a timing strategy. Usually an investor will buy and hold a stock or conglomerate of stocks for a couple days or weeks, then sell at the perceived optimal time. An investor can attempt to devise a timing system on their own, but this can be very time consuming and somewhat overwhelming. In recent years many timing systems have found there way to the internet. They are typically membership sites that range in cost from $10-20/month to a couple hundred dollars. The subscribers will receive buy and sell signals, usually via and email, advising the subscriber when to buy and when to sell. Many of these programs have proven to produce a much higher return on investment.

Now, look at the day trader, or someone who trades stocks at a much accelerated pace; usually buying and selling many times within the same day, then they really begin to fall into the “gambling” category. Day traders will buy or sell stocks in hopes that they will turn a quick profit. They can be seen watching the tickers with great anticipation and will cheer and root on their selected position, very reminiscent of a horse player rooting on his selected horse. Day traders can turn a quick profit as can a horse player. Still, day trading can be quite risky and you need to have significant time and resources at your disposal. The returns for day traders can be significant, if you are lucky and have a tremendous amount of time to research. However the losses can be just as significant and swift.

Now we look at betting on horses or handicapping horses. I believe it could more accurately referred to as investing in horse racing. With proper knowledge and possibly some help from software packages or handicapper’s picks one can make a more consistent return on investment. Knowledgeable handicappers can consistently get an ROI that ranges from 20-35%! That sounds pretty good when considering you can let your money sit in the stock market and hope for a measly 8% return, which in this economic climate may never happen. There are many resources available to potential investors in horse racing. Horse racing does not need to be a “gamble”. In recent years there have been many programs and pick systems that can greatly increase one’s odds of faring better at the tracks. However, these are not the end all when it comes to betting on horses. A potential horse player needs to take the time to educate themselves on how horse racing and betting is done. The internet is full of valuable resources one could use to begin educating themselves on horse racing and the horse racing culture. It is an exciting and fun way to invest one’s money, but one that should be taken with great care. It is highly advised that potential horse investors take advantage of all the resources available to them before beginning to wager.

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