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"Please, luck is too chancy, I want to minimize it!!!!"

I think this is the drive to reduce/spread risk and has been so "effectively" employed by the genius MBA's working Finance and has contributed so much to the current health of the American Economy.

Yeah, good luck with that. ;-)

Luck is risky. But risk isn't luck. Whenever posaible, I assess the odds - which is one reason I don't play the lottery. An average of 50%/play loss is WAY too high. It is also why I look at "reality" investments first. My apple tree won't last forever, but after a delay of a few years started around 100%/year ROI. Any reality investment is, by definition, inflation proof. Too bad there isn't room in the yard for another fruit tree! It could have died on me - the risk. Plenty of risk in stocks also, but there are better ways of picking them than throwing a dart at the newspaper.

BTW, could anyone tell me how to italicize quotes when replying? I see them in other replies, but haven't yet figured out how to do it.
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