Is Now the Best Time to Invest? | Common Sense Investing with Ben Felix | Summary and Q&A

52.6K views
September 8, 2017
by
Ben Felix
YouTube video player
Is Now the Best Time to Invest? | Common Sense Investing with Ben Felix

TL;DR

Right now is the best time to invest, either through a lump sum or a dollar cost averaging strategy, but statistically, a lump sum investment is likely to give you the highest expected return.

Install to Summarize YouTube Videos and Get Transcripts

Key Insights

  • 💌 Worrying is a natural part of investing, but letting it deter you from investing at all may result in missed gains.
  • 🫰 Market timing through tactical allocation funds tends to underperform index funds.
  • ↘️ Dollar cost averaging reduces the risk of investing right before a market crash but also lowers expected returns and is suboptimal compared to lump sum investing.
  • 🛀 Evidence consistently shows that investing a lump sum outperforms dollar cost averaging most of the time.
  • 🍵 Emotional readiness to handle potential swings in portfolio value is crucial for lump sum investing.
  • ⌛ Timing the market is unpredictable, and successful market timing is unlikely to be consistently achievable.
  • 👋 The best time to invest is now, either through a dollar cost averaging strategy or a lump sum investment, depending on an investor's risk tolerance.

Transcript

Investors like to worry. And they should. Risk is part of investing. If you have nothing to worry about, you should expect to have very low returns. Markets have been on a steady rise for quite some time now. During periods like this, investors will usually worry that the market is too high. Fear of investing at the top of the market might deter th... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Can market timing lead to a successful investment outcome?

Market timing, including investing at the top of the market or trying to anticipate corrections, has historically led to more losses than gains. Successful market timing is unlikely to be consistently accomplished.

Q: How does dollar cost averaging work?

Dollar cost averaging involves investing fixed amounts at regular intervals instead of a lump sum. While it reduces the risk of investing right before a market crash, it also lowers expected returns.

Q: Does evidence support dollar cost averaging as an optimal investment strategy?

No, studies consistently show that investing a lump sum outperforms dollar cost averaging around two-thirds of the time. Dollar cost averaging does not deliver optimal results.

Q: Is lump sum investing the best option?

Statistically, a lump sum investment often provides the highest expected return. However, investors need to be emotionally prepared for potential swings in their portfolio value.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Investors often worry about market timing, fearing that they may invest at the top of the market and miss out on potential gains.

  • Tactical allocation funds, which specialize in market timing, tend to underperform index funds.

  • Dollar cost averaging, while reducing the risk of investing right before a market crash, also lowers expected returns and is suboptimal compared to lump sum investing.

Share This Summary 📚

Summarize YouTube Videos and Get Video Transcripts with 1-Click

Download browser extensions on:

Explore More Summaries from Ben Felix 📚

Summarize YouTube Videos and Get Video Transcripts with 1-Click

Download browser extensions on: