play the market


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play the (stock) market

to invest in the stock market. (As if it were a game or as if it were gambling.) Would you rather put your money in the bank or play the market? I've learned my lesson playing the market. I lost a fortune.
See also: market, play

play the market

Trade in securities in order to make money, as in He is always playing the market with only mixed results. This term uses play in the sense of "gamble," a usage dating from about 1500.
See also: market, play
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anyone to suppose they can jump straight in and successfully play the markets without first underpinning that betting with some firm foundations.
These discussions will help your child to see the link between the demand for products and stock prices, as opposed to letting him believe that you just play the market like a game.
All three firms who play the market quote Wasps scrum-half Rob Howley.
The main game at the site, Play the Market, is really a showcase for Schwab's research and brokerage services.
Traders in New York said they suffered relatively few losses compared to their counterparts overnight in London, where traders are freer to borrow money to play the market.
The Challenge, which runs through October 31st, allows Netcenter users to play the market, giving them a shot at winning one of three online trading accounts and other prizes.
Learning to play the market didn't come cheap or easy for Kevin Campbell of Wichita, Kansas.
com, which in effect could serve as the next day's indicator of how investors will choose to play the market.
Offering a personal look into wall street and the people who play the markets, "Confessions of a Wall Street Whiz Kid" is a solid and much recommended pick for community library economics and memoir collections.
Mike Baghdady will give 10 lucky candidates pounds 100,000 each to play the markets and make as much profit as possible.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said banks may have to remove serious obstacles to an orderly wind-down - such as risky "proprietary" trading arms where banks play the markets with their own cash.