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Value averaging vs lump sum

I know there is evidence out there which suggests that a lump sum investing approach will outperform a dollar-cost averaging approach approximately 2/3 of the time, e.g. ...
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Lump Sum Investing vs. Dollar Cost Averaging (as a Long Term Investor)

My company has an employee stock program in which employees put a percentage of their paycheck into the company for a period of time, after which they can purchase shares at the lower of the start and ...
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Low risk withdrawal from market. Is there a converse to dollar-cost-averaging?

In the article by Carson C Chow linked by "The mathematics of dollar cost averaging" it is explained that investing a fixed amount of money each time period gives a lower expected cost per stock than ...
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If I'm cash-flow negative, should I dollar-cost-average the money from my bonus over the entire year?

I asked a similar question last year, and got great advice. This year, there's a new wrinkle. I previously had automatic investments set up to move a small amount of money each day from cash to a ...
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When to start investing in an index fund? Wait for a bear market, use dollar cost-averaging, or another approach?

I think index funds are one of the best investment tools for the defensive investor. Still, when should one start investing money in an index fund? It could result in a loss to get in at the top of a ...
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Does long term asset growth really converge to that derived from compound interest formula?

Many websites/experts claim that the longer you hold your assets, the likelier your asset's return is closer to that predicted by the compound interest formula. However, some other experts claim ...
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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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Over how much time should I dollar-cost-average my bonus from cash into mutual funds?

I just cleared about $65k from my bonus. I don't want this sitting in cash, but at the same time prefer to move into stocks/bonds over time (e.g. I don't want to invest all $65k at one price, and ...
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Dollar-cost averaging: How often should one use it? What criteria to use when choosing stocks to apply it to?

This may seem like a simplistic question, but I haven't found any great answers on it yet. How often should one use dollar-cost averaging? What criteria do you use when choosing a stock to apply ...
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Can one use dollar cost averaging to make money with something highly volatile?

There are things one can buy in the market that fluctuate in value 20% or more a day. How would one figure out if dollar cost averaging could make one money, based on instruments with large ...
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Micro-investing: How to effectively invest frequent small amounts of money in equities?

I am planning to invest a tiny amount of money each month (less than $100) in some way. (I hope what begins as a small amount is more a confidence/skill builder [mainly for the benefit of the wife - ...
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Got a large cash sum, wanna buy stocks. Should I buy all at once, or spread it over time?

Suppose that I just received a large sum of money, that I want to use to buy stocks. Is there an advantage to split my stocks purchases over a period of time, to protect me against the risk that ...
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The mathematics of dollar cost averaging

Does anyone have a reference to a detailed mathematical analysis of the process of dollar cost averaging and whether it is really beneficial? This question isn't detailed enough.
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Finding a Brokerage for Dollar-Cost Averaging

What lessons can you share when practicing dollar-cost averaging with a discount brokerage? The goal is an inexpensive way to invest with every paycheck. With amounts that small, commissions have a ...
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Is an index fund a good choice for a starter investment?

As an individual that is willing to consistently invest ~100-150 dollars monthly into an investment, willing to devote an average of an hour a day to educate himself / monitor investments, what kinds ...
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What is most time-efficient way to track portfolio asset allocation?

I've recently decided I wanted to track my investments over time so that I could accurately determine really cool financial things like: My actual asset allocation My actual rate of return over time ...
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How to determine desired/required value with “value averaging”?

As opposed to dollar cost averaging (DCA), value averaging (as described in this eHow article) is a technique where the investor determines the value the investment should have after a given time ...
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Comparing IRA vs 401K's rate-of-return with dollar cost averaging

I have both an IRA in Vanguard and an old employer's 401k with Fidelity management. I would like to compare the performance between the two accounts over time, in order to determine if I should ...
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Does dollar cost averaging really work?

Does dollar cost averaging really work? If I have money available now, why shouldn't I invest it all at once? If the market's going up, wouldn't that be better?