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we come to the final principle: Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA). The aim of DCA is to reduce the risk associated with a single, large investment by spreading out the investing (and risk) over time. Everyone has heard the token financial advice, “buy low, sell high.” Seems simple enough, but in reality no one can predict exactly when a stock will bottom out. By investing a fixed dollar amount at regular intervals (weekly, monthly, etc.) regardless of share price, you will end up buying more shares when the price is low and less when the price is high, thereby maximizing your total return. An example of this from ...
the conclusion of which is that dollar cost averaging is not worth the additional effort over buy-and-hold investing or periodic rebalancing. As a brief review, dollar cost averaging is a method of investing by which you add a set amount per period to a given investment (stocks, bonds, cash, etc.) over a long period of time, essentially independent of the price behavior of the investment. The motivation, and the purported value, is that the investor will buy less at the higher price and more at the lower price, effectively removing some of the danger of buying everything at the ... Read More
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