Many skeptics, and legions of people who have never invested before, regard investing as just another form of gambling. This widely-held, but misinformed view, has kept too many from enjoying the financial rewards of judicious investment in the United States economy, which generally, over the long run, has been profitable.
Although there may be some superficial similarities between the two concepts, a strict definition of both terms - investing and gambling - reveals the principle differences between them. A standard dictionary defines "invest," as follows: to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering profitable returns, especially interest or income. The same dictionary defines "gamble" as follows: To play at any game of chance for stakes. To stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chance; bet; wager.