Pitfalls of Dollar-Cost Averaging
In the previous article, we learned about what dollar-cost averaging is. We also learned about some of the benefits that this strategy has to offer. Many successful retail investors have hailed this strategy to be the most important factor that has contributed to their success. However, that does not mean that the dollar cost averaging is without its flaws. In this article, we will have a closer look at some of the criticisms that have been leveled against dollar-cost averaging in all these years.
The bottom line is that dollar-cost averaging can cause investment performance to be suboptimal in certain cases. However, suboptimal here means that the return on investment may be a few percentage points less. However, the chances of losing the principal due to wrongly timing the market are reduced significantly when the dollar-cost averaging method is used.
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