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Is investing in stocks and shares the same as gambling?


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Conversation Summary

Investing in stocks and shares is very common amongst those who have money that they want to invest in order to get some profit. When we talk about stocks and shares we use the verb to invest, however, if you are betting on the result of a football match for example, we use the verb to gamble. Some say the difference is that investing is a skill whereas gambling is more about luck. However, others say there is no difference between the two, whether you invest or gamble you are still risking your money with the possibility of high returns and also the possibility of losing everything.


  • Do you gamble?
  • Have you ever invested in stocks or shares?
  • What do you think is the difference between gambling and investing?
  • At what point does investing become gambling?
  • What type of businesses do you think are a good investment at the moment?
  • If you were given $100 to bet on something what would you bet on?

Key Vocabulary

  • Stocks noun
  • Shares noun
  • Bet verb/noun
  • Gamble verb
  • Invest verb
  • Investment noun
  • Risk verb/noun
  • Stock market noun
  • Possibility noun
  • Return noun

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