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Old 12-08-2016, 02:58 PM   #21
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I got a chunk of money in the Spring of 2015 and managed to invest all of it in a balanced fund just before what was then the market high in May of 2015. The market trickled downward before finally reaching a bottom this past February. My investment took about a 7% hit up to that point. I now stand up about 8% in that same fund, recovering all the downside and then some.

So even in a somewhat "worst case" scenario like mine, time will eventually heal things.

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Old 12-08-2016, 03:00 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by lacawac View Post
... I was questioning if now is a good time to invest
No, yesterday was better. But, today would be OK, too. If you're going to be investing for decades, then it really doesn't matter what the market does this week/month/year/3 years. Go look at a historical chart. (spoiler alert -- it goes up!)

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One doesn't have to choose between lump-sum (all now) and DCA. One can do both.

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