Trading – Gambling or Investing

In this lesson we are going to look at two short videos. The first one is an anti-gambling advertisement by the Victorian Government. It is aimed at gambling addicts or problem gamblers.

gambling addicts
problem gamblers
people who have a problem with gambling

The second video is an advertisement for online trading. This advertisement is for a company called IG which provides trading in financial derivatives.

online trading
trading stocks
trading financial derivatives

Perspectives on Gambling

Note how one video portrays gambling as a problem but the other video glorifies gambling as a glorious exciting occupation. The first film shows images of a woman playing on slot machines or fruit machines but the second film portrays a man on a mountainside, in a lake and other natural places. Let’s watch the first video.

Questions About the Video

What type of gambling is pictured in the film?
Who is the film aimed at?
Is gambling portrayed positively or negatively?

Anti-Gambling Advertisement

Karl was always at work
He was never home.

a bit of fun at the pokies (poker machines – slot machines)

I won at first
I sold the watch he bought me, but he didn’t notice.

I even sold Gran’s things.

Jenny was worried about me.
She told her dad.

He was going to leave.

I decided I really needed help.

And listened.

Is On-line Trading Different from Gambling?

Before we look at the next advertisement let’s ask, is online trading or retail trading in financial derivatives a form of gambling? What do you think?

What type of gambling is pictured in the film?
Who is the film aimed at?
Is gambling portrayed positively or negatively?

Now look at the advertisement:

Advertisement for Prospective Traders

to be a trader
you need that spark inside
the courage … vision .. determination … and insight
the eye to see opportunity
and the wit to seize the right one
especially when it is right in front of you.
That is what it means to be a trader.
That is what it means to trade.

What do you think about gambling? Tell us your opinion in the comments section below.