Sports betting and Equity Investment or Stock Investment have similar principles yet so different. \n\n\n\nSports Betting and Equity Investment\n\n\n\n1.The equity market is characterized by volatility, that is the prices of shares could go up and down on a regular; Same for betting,you can either lose or win big on a regular .The difference in here is that for equities, you don\u2019t lose your total investment unless the company winds up- even so there\u2019s a last resort where company assets may be sold and after everyone else has been settled, shareholders would be paid. Unfortunately for betting, when you lose, there\u2019s no remedy. Your money is gone! \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2. Both are \u201clong term\u201d in nature. Equity investors would normally have a long term perspective. Same as betting, from most experiences shared, you lose over a period and hit once in a while. So you have to be patient yet consistent over a period; ride the downsides until your big break happens. \n\n\n\nThus, the \u201clong term\u201d here is the patience you need to have. Caution- you should know when to stop and don\u2019t be greedy. For equities too, there is a stop loss order where you can tell your broker to sell your shares when the prices falls to a particular level. Do not go borrowing to bet. That\u2019s a big NO! But in some equity markets you can actually borrow through what is termed as short selling. \n\n\n\n3. Both are information sensitive- betting odds are shaped by history and information about who and who are going against each other. What is the likelihood of A winning against B, what is the current form and who\u2019s playing home or away and the likes. \n\n\n\nSports Betting and Equity Investment\n\n\n\nEquity prices are also hugely influenced by information available on the market. Is there a good corporate governance structure, is there an upcoming merger or acquisition, is there a potential dividend declaration etc. This is largely determined by how efficient the market is.\n\n\n\nFinally the most important point... \n\n\n\n4. EXPERTS? Betting experts- Come on! Nothing like that, just predictions based on instincts and a few historic happenings - EXPERT Equity analysts? Fundamental or technical analysis! Paying attention to quantitative data to price a security when the qualitative evidence is also very important. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nReason every analyst has a different valuation and expectation of the same stock! One says sell, another says hold, yet another says buy more. \n\n\n\nSame for bet- one says Team A is going to Win, another says B, the match actually ends in a draw. In summary, even though they are different, there are some similar characteristics as seen. \n\n\n\nPlease Bet \/ Invest Wisely. \n\n\n\nCredit: @parlenzy77 \n\n\n\nRead also;1 Sports Betting In Ghana \u2013 Effects On The Youth2 Money Principles Everybody Should Know3 7 Important Questions To Answer About Your Finances4 Do You Have A Second Stream Of Income? \n\n\n\n If you have a story you want to share with AFROSAGES and the world, please do hit us up on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER.