5 Things Football Can Teach You About Investing

Football season is kicking off in just a few days.

Football fans everywhere are starting to shake off the glazed-over feeling of football withdrawal syndrome that they have been suffering with since the SuperBowl. Since the winter football fanatics have been a bit antsy. The season is starting now, so all is right with the world again.

Lewis Grizzard said, The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.

Investing is just like football. Many of the lessons learned on the field can be easily applied to the world of investing.

Below you will discover five things practiced in football that can be applied to your investment portfolio to make your life a little easier

1.) Team Building is Job # 1

Every football team is a collection or portfolio of players. Just like every stock portfolio is a collection of various stocks. In Football, each team has three sub groups – Offense, Defense and Special Teams. Each on of these groups has a particular purpose. Offense’s job is to score. Defense’s job is to keep the opposing team from scoring and Special teams is for special situations like punting and kicking field goals. Your portfolio is just like a football team – Your offensive positions are there to make you money, with investment like stocks. The Defensive squad is their to protect your money with investments like bonds. The Special Teams unit, is there for special situation, like war or natural disasters, which work well for investments like gold and oil.

Every team is special. Some teams are more offensive, others are more defensive, no team is alike. Every investor’s portfolio is special also, it should be unique and built specifically with a purpose in mind, like retirement, or college.

2.) Ignore the Draft

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Every year, the NFL holds a Draft to pick the top talent from the college football ranks. Its a media frenzy. This event is very similar to an Initial Public Offering in the world of investing. Just like football everybody wants to know who the new Hot Player is, the IPO signifies what the new hot stock will be. Sadly many of the NFL best players did not come from #1 draft picks., Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Tom Brady, were drafted during the 3rd, 4th and 6th rounds of the draft, respectively. They were along way from that “Top Draft Pick” position, but they are arguably the the best Quarterbacks to ever play the game. The same thing happens in the world of investing, its those non thought of investments that sneak up on you to produce major returns.

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