admin October 7, 2015 No Comments

Heads up, you know darned well that you have to do something with your money. Something besides enjoying your weekends and getting your hands on the latest electronic gadget. That something, as you have probably already figured out is about getting up close and personal with the world of investments.

Yeah, it may look like a bit of work. It may even not look so appealing with all of those pundits on TV jumping up and down and screaming at the market gyrations. Yet the fact remains that taking care of your personal financial future is your responsibility and yours alone. Unless and until you happen to hit the Big One with the Powerball lottery or some sort of odd windfall, the reality is you need to start putting money away, like right now.

 

Reality of investment returns

Investments consistently return 7%

Investments consistently return 7%

And lest you should be thinking that there are better options out there, well to be blunt, you would be wrong. You see, the truth of the matter is that any investment can show off and have a stellar performance for a short period of time. The bigger and better question is what is the long term return of the investment option you happen to be looking at?

With just a little bit of homework, okay not even that much, you can easily check this out for yourself with a quick Google search.

What you will find is that over the long term, equity investments (think stocks) consistently return an average of 7%. Yes, that includes good years and not so good years. The point is that 7% number is actually pretty high compared to other “so-called” investments such as real estate, gold, or even collector coins.

Ease In Plan

Which brings us to the focus of today’s article: how can you ease your way into the market without taking a beating. Taking a beating would mean something like handing over $2,500 to your online broker only to discover that the value of your portfolio (the stocks you bought) has suddenly and without warning plummeted to like $1,374.00. Ouch! No wonder so many would be investors shy away from the market.

Yet, do not lose sight of that 7% long term return number discussed above. So let’s see where we are. You understand the need to get into the market. Yet at the same time you are leery of investing your hard earned money and risk losing some or all of your cash. Is there a way out of this quandary? Thankfully there is.

Conclusion

You owe it to your future personal financial situation to get into the market like right now. Knowing and understanding the strategy of Dollar Cost Averaging is an easy way to get started and to keep it going.

Now it’s on you. Have you considered something like dollar cost averaging as a way to ease into the market?

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