Technically, I would have to say that it is, you're gambling that the market will give you a return on your investment. But how does that differ from, say, playing the slot machines in Vegas? It could be argued that Vegas style gambling is addictive. But it could be argued that so could playing the market, if you think about it. So, what's the difference between playing poker for pennies, playing the slots, playing roulette, betting on your favorite football team, or playing the market? Gambling is a big business. Some poor people who can't pay their bills will go on a Riverboat cruise or visit casinos. Elderly people spend lots of cash at casinos, too. Some pass their time playing bingo. And other people spend hours checking out the Dow or NASDAQ and play the market on line. To me, it seems like gambling. Especially in light of recent events with Enron, etc., where people have lost their life savings and pensions while the GREEDY few have assets like million dollar mansions that can't be touched under many state laws, or have off shore assets, which are untouchable for recouping anything by the public they bilked. So, what's your take? Is playing the market gambling or not?