You wait for the perfect time - to change jobs, to move, to go back to school… to invest. Even though such a time may exist, you can easily miss out on the opportunity when it comes along and end up kicking yourself.
This is true in all areas of life, especially personal finance. Even though you may be tempted to try to time the market – with the goal of investing the day before a bull market starts and cashing out at the top or to sell just before a falling market to limit losses – such a strategy could cost you dearly. You could miss the most profitable days in the market or invest right before an unforeseen event sends stocks plummeting. When it comes to investing, staying in the market as long as possible by investing your savings on a regular basis is often the most promising strategy. It also frees you from stress and potential regrets.
After investing their initial amount of $10,000 in 1987, they each saved $100 a month for 35 years, from 1987 to 2022, and invested it in the same mutual fund, but using three different tactics. Our three investors have gone through the same major crises: the stock market crash of 1987, the technology bubble of the 2000s, the financial crisis of 2008, the Covid-related correction of 2020 and the selloff of 2022.
*Calculated from the MSCI Canada Index. Source: FÉRIQUE Fund Management.
1. Periodic investment
If you save and invest systematically, the same amount will be invested regardless of what happens, and the acquisition of your investments will be independent of market fluctuations. In addition, periodic investing promotes discipline, which puts investors on track to achieve their goals.
2. Investment diversification
Diversification means you avoid concentrating your investments in the same asset classes. A well-diversified portfolio will be less affected by volatility and will stay true to the investor’s risk tolerance and objective. In addition, by maximizing compound returns, optimal diversification can help investors achieve their goals faster.
3. Portfolio rebalancing
The equilibrium of an investment portfolio is precarious because the market constantly fluctuates. This precariousness means that assets have to be rebalanced periodically to prevent the portfolio from deviating from its target. The main function of rebalancing is to preserve a portfolio’s risk-return balance, which prevents investors from departing from their savings strategy.
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