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During the accumulation phase, what are you accumulating?

Friday, March 15, 2019

During the accumulation phase, what are you accumulating?

Money or dollars are the most common responses, but your balance ultimately is tied to the number of shares you own of that mutual fund you own. The more shares you own, the better off you are as the price goes up over time. By investing in your 401k every payroll, you’re practicing in a prudent strategy called Dollar Cost Averaging; investing equal dollar amounts at regular intervals. You’re buying no matter what the market is doing and this discipline of regular investing ensures you won’t drop out when the market turns bearish. 

Let’s take a look at an example:

Investment Chart

By the end of October and the low of the market, you would’ve had a negative return, but by the end of December, you’re showing a positive return. You achieved a positive return by focusing on a proven strategy and ignoring the noise behind the basket. As an added bonus, your mutual fund may distribute dividends and capital gains. When those are reinvested back into the fund, this also helps to add shares to your account.

Of course, Dollar Cost Averaging cannot assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market. Also, since the program’s benefits are realized over time, you should consider your financial outlook before you start and be prepared to stay the course during periods of low prices as well as high.


Jane Smith

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