Fortune has smiled upon you: You just got a bonus at work. Now you’re wondering about the best way to invest it (A+ decision, by the way) in order to help it grow over time. Here’s Sallie’s advice.
Love the question because it asks, “Should I invest it?” So you’re not out fully spending it. Fantastic work, taking care of future you.
There’s no right answer to this. There’s one school of thought: Invest it a bit over time. The market bobbles. You’ll get in high at some points in the market, low at some points in the market. It’ll average out over time, called dollar-cost averaging.
The other point of view is the stock market, historically, has trended up over time. So go ahead and get that money in there, and you might not catch the exact low at this point, but go ahead and get it in there. The only time it really matters is if you are unfortunate enough to invest right before a market crash, which happily only happens every once in a while.
So go ahead, whether you do it right away, or whether you’re investing it a bit over time. Love that you’re getting it into the markets. Go.
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