Terrorism, political upheaval, and uncertainty about the future are themes that have recently appeared in the world headlines. These are, of course, all related, and together they paint a picture of an unstable world order.
The Covid-19 pandemic that began in mid-March 2020 caused shockwaves around the world, plunging markets and forcing major changes in the way we live and work. The United Nations reported that there were 183 international terrorist attacks in the year 2020, the highest level since the organization began keeping records in 1946. The number of countries affected by COVID-19 rose from 32 to 135, and the death toll topped 100,000. With life seemingly back to “normal”, many question whether or not this was truly just a “flicker” of the kind of events we have come to know in the past or if it will continue to plague the world.
This, then, is the perfect setting for those who enjoy betting and gaming, as we will discuss several ways in which one can place wagers and win big from the world of politics and global affairs. Let’s take a look.
Racing, Sports, and the Arts
Though most people think of sports when thinking of wagers and betting, there are many other events, occurrences, and happenstances that can be “raced” or “watched” with one’s eyes or one’s mobile device. From the earliest days of civilization, humans have been placing bets on horses, dog, and even frog races. Today, the types of bets available can vary from sporting events to politics, to the economy, and everything in between. Some of the more popular betting options for 2020 include:
The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, also known as “Brexit”, saw the value of the British pound plummet in international markets. Odds of 1.85 to 1 were offered for the British pound to reach $1.20 to $1.25 before the end of 2019. At the time of writing, the British pound is trading at a value between $1.23 and $1.25, which is still 30% lower than its value before the referendum in 2016. Those who bet on Brexit prior to the UK’s scheduled withdrawal from the EU on March 29, 2021 would have won a large sum of money.
The Yankees Vs. The Red Sox
We all know how much baseball fans love their teams, and vice versa. If you’re a fan of either of the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees, you might be inclined to wager on which team will win the 2020 World Series. The Boston Red Sox are the current champions of the MLB and have been unstoppable as of late, so the odds of them defending their title are fairly good. However, the New York Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2009, and they’re not expected to break that streak this year either. Those who bet on the Yanks will have to settle for second place this year.
The Dow Industrial Average
Though Wall Street is a completely different animal than MLB or the English Premier League, some people still love betting on the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is one of the more popular choices among those who want to wager on the overall performance of the world’s largest companies. The index measures the performance of 30 large companies within the industrial, transportation, and technology sectors. As with many other stock market indices, the DJIA is currently in a state of change, as the U.S. economy began to emerge from the pandemic in the summer of 2020. In 2021, it is expected that the Dow will rise by more than 20% in value as the world’s largest companies continue to rebound and prosper from the pandemic.
Gold is considered to be the ultimate safe haven for those who want to store value and protect their wealth. The only problem is that it’s becoming quite difficult to find a good deal these days. Though the yellow metal was mostly unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic, its price jumped by more than 15% in the first quarter of 2020. But since then, gold’s price has mostly stagnated, and it is currently trading at close to its pre-pandemic price. Those who want to hedge their bets and make a small profit from the price rise of gold might want to take a punt on the metal’s upcoming price movements.
As we have seen, there are many different ways in which one can place a wager or bet on the future. Though the odds of many of these events are not in your favor, you might be able to make a small profit or save a large sum of money if you play your cards right. With the next few months looking likely to be a time of great uncertainty, it might be a good idea to consider some form of hedging or protection against the unknown. Though the stock market is a tricky place to invest and a bit of a risky business, some people feel that the reward more than makes up for the risk.