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The Stock Market


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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.


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  • stocks (noun)
  • shares (noun)
  • bet (verb)
  • gamble (verb)
  • investment (noun)
  • risk (noun)
  • stock market (noun)
  • return (noun)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Is investing in stocks and shares the same as gambling?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to The Stock Market
  • 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?

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