Investing is Like Football

December 04, 2018
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Following the series on teaching children about money, I found myself trying to find new ways to compare finances to things we interact with regularly. So at the risk of sounding cheesy, I’ll start with the example of a football team. 

General Manager: You

Quarterback: Financial Advisor (or if you are a DIYer, also you)

Offensive Lineman: Cash – The offensive line is expected to first protect. In periods of market volatility, having cash on hand can be incredibly valuable. First, it allows you to have a place to access funds without having to sell a particular asset that might be at a loss. Second, like a lineman, you can react and “get down field” by deploying cash to buy undervalued assets.

Running Back: Bonds – The Running back is seen on every play. You expect them to slowly push the ball forward. Their primary job is to get a few consistent yards – or in the case of bonds, interest. 

Tight End: Dividend Paying Stocks – The Tight End is expected to first block – or in the case of these stocks, pay a dividend. A few times a game (unless it’s Gronk!) they are expected to get up field and catch a pass – like appreciation in a stock.

Wide Receiver: Growth Stocks – The Wide Receiver is not necessarily seen every play. They can be virtually non-existent for an entire half. But 3 or4 big catches can make or break a game. Similarly, growth stocks may be quiet for days, months or a year. But it’s the big “plays” that make them worthwhile.


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