Dollar Cost Averaging CalculatorIf you have finally decided to plunge into the world of mutual funds but are concerned about the ups and downs of the markets, making you unsure of when to invest, an automatic investment plan offers you a solution.
At Wells Fargo Advantage Funds®, we use the term "automatic investment plan" interchangeably with the phrase "dollar-cost averaging." The concept is this: without trying to time the market, you invest a set dollar amount over time in various market conditions. It helps you escape the guessing game of how to avoid a market correction or of calculating when to "buy low and sell high."
Using this approach, purchases of the same dollar amount are invested at regular intervals (for example, monthly). Why might this be a potential benefit to investors? The following tool allows you to see how a lump sum investment and a series of monthly investments react to varying market conditions. Enter the fixed dollar amount you plan to invest monthly. The outputs will show you how your hypothetical investment would perform under three different types of market conditions:
A program of regular investment cannot assure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. Since such a program involves continuous investments regardless of fluctuating share values, investors should consider their financial ability to continue purchases through periods of low price levels.