I saw an article today on a news site that likened investing in the stock market to horse racing betting. According to the writer, investors have no control over share prices and should therefore avoid investing in the stock market and instead buy rental property. While it certainly is sound advice, isn't this fear-mongering a little extreme? Investing in stocks is like betting? Meaning there's a 70% chance you'll lose your money? This isn't half-true but I'm sure there are lots of people who won't think of ever investing in the stock market after hearing such "scary" lies.