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Hoops vs. Investing – Learning From The NCAA Tournament 

But There Are Similarities

Let’s start with the similarities:
  • In both cases, picking the “winners” is hard
  • In both cases, an informed approach improves your odds
  • In both cases, good luck and good strategy are not the same
While the similarities are there, it’s NOT the similarities that are important, but the differences.

Definitely Different

First things first. “Playing” in a tournament challenge is WAY different than “playing” in the stock market. The tournament challenge is recreation and fun. Risk is minimal. Investing is the “real deal”. It involves your hard-earned dollars and focusing on figuring out how to grow these dollars to achieve your goals. “Playing” in a pool on the tournament is good fun. “Playing” with your investments is foolish.

A tournament pool is a recreational activity. Your investments are a critical life decision. Big difference.

What’s The Lesson?

In my mind the lesson there are three lessons here:

  • First, it’s easy to be “sucked in” and look at very important things as a “game”. The similarities can cloud your judgement. Dangerous and big mistake!
  • Second, awareness is NOT enough. I suspect that most reading this will be nodding their head in agreement. But I further suspect that more than a few reading this are still “playing” with the stock market. Not good!
  • Third, taking the right steps is NOT easy. From working with hundreds of families I know that they understand this and want to do what is right. But it’s tough. That’s why they reach out to me and my team to get the help and support they need.

You can read more about this topic at this link: Hoop Dreaming

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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.