When saving for retirement, or another future goal, consider using dollar-cost averaging as a strategy – the process of making regular investments on an ongoing basis, regardless of price; for example, buy 100 shares of an investment each month, quarter or year. You are aiming to buy more shares of a security when its share price is low, and fewer shares when its price is high. Over time, it’s likely the average cost per share will be lower than the average market price. For many, this is the most realistic way to save toward retirement because these periodic investments come from your paycheck as opposed to having a lump-sum of money to invest all at once.
Dollar-cost averaging cannot guarantee a profit or protect against a loss, and you should consider your financial ability to continue purchases through periods of low price levels.
At this stage in life, you may discover you are better positioned to withstand short-term market fluctuations than someone nearing or in retirement. We can work with you to identify the risks most relevant to your situation, as well as to determine the appropriate allocation of assets to balance these risks, which may include:
Fluctuation or volatility in the performance of financial markets. How and where your assets are allocated across different asset classes plays a key role in managing market risk.
Costs of goods and services increase over time. Your cost of living at retirement might be higher than it is now, as inflation erodes the value of your savings and reduces your purchasing power over time.
Longer life expectancies mean the assets you save toward retirement will need to last longer. As you determine your savings goals, consider you may need your assets to generate income throughout a 20- to 30- year retirement.
Diversifying your savings among several asset types may enable you to take advantage of growth potential in different sectors and various financial markets. You may want to avoid placing your retirement savings in one type of asset to balance performance in times of market fluctuation. Also consider dollar-cost averaging which is the process of making regular investments on an ongoing basis, regardless of price. This can make the average cost of your investments lower than the average market price over time. Although dollar-cost averaging may not mitigate market, inflation, and longevity risks, it typically offsets their impact on the value of your investments.
Contact us for more information on how we can work together to manage these risks by applying a comprehensive process to plan for your retirement.
Diversification and Dollar cost averaging do not assure a profit and does not protect against loss. Dollar cost averaging involves continuous investment regardless of fluctuating price levels of such securities. Investors should consider their financial ability to continue purchases through periods of low price levels.