While some of those comparisons may be, well, a bit of a stretch, let me make a comparison that I'm confident many of you will agree with: Investing is like fantasy football.
No, really. Stacking your team/portfolio at any one position leaves you vulnerable. In both cases, you're competing against sharks looking to profit from your bad trades. Short-run success is often fleeting and usually unpredictable, while long-run triumph is built on doing your own research and following a defined, proven strategy. Trust me, I could do this all night.
In the spirit of tonight's NFL regular-season opener, we thought we'd celebrate by creating fantasy teams that incorporate different investing strengths. Our writers have lined their teams with some of our favorite stocks, including, among others, Motley Fool newsletter recommendations such as China Mobile
But enough with the pregame show. It's time for the kickoff.
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Fool editor Joe Magyer does not own any stocks mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy once scored five touchdowns in a single high school football game. Eat your heart out, Al Bundy.