To Dive in or Wade in?

This month we are linking to a great article in the New York Times that looks into the issue of dollar cost averaging vs plunging all in to the stock market and puts the two scenarios through historical tests.  The results are pretty compelling and follow our general philosophy.

The article indicates that given time the stock market is expected to rise and thus absent of other issues its best to invest all money slotted for the stock market at once as opposed to easing in.  While there may be other, more personal, reasons to stagger investments, if the time frame is long enough we agree that the best course of action is likely to dive right in.


Index Performance                                      Aug.       YTD     Trl 1 yr.        

US Stock (Russell 3000)                                    4.20%     9.23%     24.74%
Foreign Stock (FTSE AW ex US)                      0.57%     5.60%      18.37%
Total US Bond Mkt. (BarCap Aggregate)        1.10%      4.81%        5.66%
Short US Gov. Bonds (BarCap Gov 1-5 Yr)     0.33%     0.89%        1.32%
Municipal Bonds (BarCap 1-10yr Muni)          0.75%      4.14%       5.83%
Cash (ML 3Month T-Bill)                                   0.00%     0.03%      0.05%



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