A situation in which one person's gain must be matched by another person's loss. If taxes and transaction costs are not considered, many types of investing, such as options and futures, are examples of zero-sum games.
A game in which the winnings of some players must equal the losses of the others. Zero-sum games are mentioned in a political context when it is believed that resources are limited, and every decision will produce both winners and losers. In such situations, political decisions will be made on the basis of trade-offs between competing interests.
trading situation in which profits are limited and wealth is merely shifted
around. The futures and options markets are zero-sum games because for every
trader who makes money, another trader loses money.
A situation in which one person's gain must be matched by another person's loss. Without considering taxes and transaction costs, many types of investing, such as options and futures, are examples of zero-sum games.
A game in which the sum of the winnings by all the players is zero. In a zero-sum game, a gain by one player must be matched by a loss by another player. Poker is a zero-sum game if the house does not take a cut as a charge for playing.