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Director of Investment Strategy and Research at Ascension Investment Advisors

Camari Ellis is the Director of Investment Strategy and Research at Ascension Investment Advisors. Camari holds a BA degree in finance from Temple University and resides in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Learning Valuable Investing Lessons From The Game Of Football

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016 11:20 PM EDT

Football is America’s Greatest Sport.

It’s athletic in nature, but it is full of mental strategy. Many have said that football is not just a ball game, but a game about life. In life, everybody is concerned about money, but I bet you never thought you could learn about the world of investing from the gridiron.

This is that time of year where the wives and girlfriends leave their husbands and boyfriends to scratch, belch and drink beer all day on Sundays, without too much complaint. This article will help you score some extra points with your significant other. Just let her know you got some valuable investment lessons during game time on Sundays and Monday night so you can retire early.  

Every aspect of this game can be linked directly to investing.

For starters every football team is a collection or portfolio of players. Just like every portfolio is a collection of various investment vehicles.

You have two teams on a field that is approximately 100 yard long and 53 yards wide. One team is on offense and the other team is on defense. Each team has 11 players on the field. Each team’s goal is to outscore the other.  

The team on offense has control of the football and is looking to score points by running and throwing the ball in an attempt to crossover into the endzone. The Defense’s job is to stop the Offense from getting into the endzone. If the team with the ball does score or is forced to give up possession, the offensive and defensive teams switch roles.

The ultimate goal of every team is to win a Super Bowl. For your average investor, the Super Bowl could mean exotic travel in their retirement years or paying of a grandchild to go to college.


When you look at the positions the players hold on offense and defense they can be categorized into skilled and non-skilled. Usually, the skilled players are usually smaller and faster. They have exceptional ability in running, jumping, catching, throwing and/or kicking, while all other players are on the line. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are all considered Skilled positions, These are the players most likely make the highlight reel on Sports center.

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