Consider a disciplined investment strategy

In today’s rabbit-fast world, it pays to remember that the tortoise won the race. For investors, dollar-cost averaging – a slow and steady investment plan – can be a winning strategy.

With dollar-cost averaging, you invest a set amount of money on a regular basis, typically in a mutual fund. The idea of investing a fixed dollar amount at regular intervals is simple, but the benefits add up. Here are some advantages offered by dollar-cost averaging:

* Lower average cost. An investing schedule based on a fixed dollar amount lets you buy more shares when prices are low and fewer shares when prices are high. This averaging effect makes the per-share cost of your investment lower than the average market price per share for the same time period.

* Expanded investment options. Coming up with the minimum that some mutual funds typically require to open an account can be difficult. But many funds will waive the minimum initial investment if you sign up for an automatic monthly investment plan.

* Decreased market timing risk. Committing to a plan of dollar-cost averaging takes the guesswork out of when to invest. Once you’ve decided how much to invest and how often, you make purchases regardless of the direction of the market.

* Disciplined investment. Fixed, automatic payments on a regular schedule provide an easy yet disciplined way to finance your investment goals. Because the amount you invest stays constant, you can more easily budget for it.

Dollar-cost averaging is a disciplined investment strategy. It doesn’t eliminate the need to review your investments periodically to make sure that they still meet your expectations and your risk tolerance.

Measured and consistent investing offers long-term benefits. And, like the tortoise, your portfolio can end up the winner.

About Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

Brenda McGivern started her own certified public accounting and management consulting firm in October 2001. The full service CPA firm provides tax and accounting solutions to meet the needs of today's small business and individual. Brenda McGivern has become a trusted advisor and valuable resource her clients rely on for timely, accurate assistance when they need it. Before starting the firm, she worked as an accountant for three years at a local firm and prior to that five years at a large international CPA firm in Boston. She has performed the following tax services: federal, state and local tax planning, international tax planning, estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital retention and IRS representation. She has also coordinated assurance engagements, such as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations from the planning phase through the reporting phase. She has prepared and reviewed regulatory filings for numerous regulatory agencies including the Security and Exchange Commission. Prior to these positions she was selected from over 2,000 candidates into an eight-person intensive financial management program at an international technology company. The program consisted of graduate level classroom study and two six-month rotational assignments in financial operations. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. McGivern also holds a license in Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, and their sons Sean, Ryan and Conor and their dog, Davis.
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