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Being a Calculated Risk Speculator or Just a Gambler

Dec 28, 2007
He or she, who is known to gamble on horses, or dogs, or other sporting events etc., is often branded a persona non grata in certain circles.

However, if a person speculates on buying and selling securities, foreign currency, or property, their classification would point to a persona grata.

Both cases are of course a form of gambling dressed in different clothing. In both cases, there is a possibility of risk loss or the possibility of bigger gain. The need to arrive at an opinion without having positive evidence to back it up is equally there. So is the problem that complete facts are hardly ever disclosed, to enable the finding of a certainty.

In spite of these hurdles, in the case of property and foreign currency buying or selling, the chances of getting it right are better as opposed to finding the outcome of a horse or a dog race, or a football game. Getting involved is also less of a worry, because even if you get it wrong, you still have that house or that other currency you bought. The result is over only when you say, since these investments can eventually regain value, and actually show a profit. Backing losers in racing and other forms of gambling can mean that for the serious or occasional gambler, the money is dead and buried.

Of course, some gamblers attach a lot of importance to the thrill effect of their bets. There is no doubt that betting on sport events, cards, or many casino games can be thrilling, but so is the constant movement of the value of currencies. That wheel goes round and round nonstop, but you can get on and off whenever you like. There are many foreign currency exchange companies ready to let you operate, offering very good rates.

Never think of a bookmaker as an enemy whom you have to beat, your selection may be the one he also wants to win. Also, remember your foreign currency exchange office as a friend that makes it possible for you to play at good currency rates. You are putting your wits against a market that has no financial interest in your winnings or losses.

A realtor has equally no interest to see you lose any money. On the contrary, he likes you to be happy with the purchase of your property. Even if the prices should go against you, he knows that in due course things will change.

A speculator in the foreign currency game increases the chances of success by keeping in touch with as much relevant data as possible, which means that there is never a dull moment. The same applies to a property speculator. By having to constantly study the market and world affairs, the person becomes necessarily rather well read and interesting to talk to. Amongst other things, that gambler is a persona grata.

These days, more and more gamblers turn to the forex game. It keeps them amused as well as thrilled. Instead of a horse or a tennis star etc., they are the actual performer. There is little doubt that the well prepared person has the chance to prevail.
The currency market is not a geared slot machine. It has inexhaustible money to hand out if you get things right, and does not care if you keep winning, should you be clever enough.

Who knows, you might be champion material.
About the Author
Paul Dubsky is director of Foreign Currency Exchange Services Ltd. The company is focused on being able to offer really friendly currency exchange rates and international money transfers. We believe we are the only Foreign Currency Exchange company which offers special rates to Senior Citizens.
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