Dispel The 9 Myths of Investing

There are many investing myths but in my opinion 9 of these are the common myths that many investors believe. I am starting a series of articles in the Fullyinformed Members section called “Becoming A Better Investor”. These articles are designed in a step fashion for members to follow along as I show the steps I went through to become the investor I am today. In this series of articles I will discuss everything from how to start into investing, raise capital, pick stocks and assets, and show the strategies I learned and use to compound my capital and benefit from market direction, up or down. For market corrections and bears I have created a “Corrections And Bear” category where I will detail out the steps I take during any correction to show members how to prepare and profit from a correction. I will be updating this throughout any market correction to show investors what I am doing, why and how.

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The first article in the series looks at the 9 myths of investing. For non-members I felt you might enjoy the myth on Dollar Cost Averaging and see why it is a strategy that works in theory but fails in reality. I have listed the other myths that are covered in the article. To read all the myths, FullyInformed Members can directly access this article through this link. Non-members can join here. The complete article is 10 pages in length and contains 3595 words.

How To Get Started – Step 1 – Dispel The 9 Myths

Myth 1: You Can Afford To Take More Risk While Young Because Time Is On Your Side

Myth 2: Higher Returns Can Only Come From Taking Higher Risks

Myth 3: Buy Low and Sell High Is The Only Way To Grow Wealth

Myth 4: Buy and Hold On Quality Companies That Have Increasing Dividends Is The Best Strategy For Building Wealth

Myth 5: ETFS Are Better and Safer Than Stocks

Myth 6: Dollar Cost Averaging Is A Great Way To Invest

The notion behind dollar cost averaging is that an investor places the same amount of money into an ETF or stock at the same time each month, quarter, semi or annual time period. It is because analysts believe that if you invest the same amount when a stock or ETF is high you will buy fewer shares than when an ETF or stock is low. This they surmise will mean you have more shares at a lower price than a higher price and therefore are in the ETF or stock at a much lower position overall.

But when theory meets fact it becomes obvious that this is a poor strategy. For example let’s consider the strategy of dollar cost averaging on a “safe” ETF. In the example below I have laid out the table on the XIU ETF which is the top 60 stocks on the Toronto Stock Exchange. On the first trading day of each quarter at the close of the day the investor buys $5000 worth of shares in the XIU ETF. This table starts in Jan 2006. Below are the results after 6 years of investing.

Date XIU Price Number Of Shares Bought Total Capital Dividend
Jan 2 16.42 304 shares 4991.68
Mar 28 Dividend .061133 18.58
Apr 3 17.30 289 shares 4999.70
Jun 27 Dividend .066163 39.23
Jul 3 16.46 303 shares 4987.38
Sep 26 Dividend .07364 65.98
Oct 2 16.83 297 shares 4998.51
Dec 22 Dividend .079323 94.63
2006 Totals 1193 shares 19977.27 218.42
Jan 2 18.67 267 shares 4984.89
Mar 27 Dividend .082505 120.46
Apr 2 19.01 263 shares 4999.63
Jun 26 Dividend .090298 155.58
Jul 3 20.24 247 shares 4999.28
Sep 25 Dividend .095939 189.00
Oct 2 20.55 243 shares 4993.65
Dec 24 Dividend .097933 216.73
2007 Totals 2213 shares 39954.72 900.19
Jan 2 20.43 244 shares 4984.92
Mar 26 Dividend .101008 248.18
Apr 2 19.92 251 shares 4999.92
Jun 25 Dividend .122623 332.06
July 2 20.99 238 shares 4995.62
Sep 25 Dividend .12976 382.27
Oct 1 17.67 282 shares 4982.94
Dec 24 Dividend .12077 389.84
2008 Totals 3228 shares 54933.20 2252.54
Jan 2 13.87 360 shares 4993.20
Mar 26 Dividend .10315 370.10
Apr 1 13.65 366 shares 4995.90
Jun 25 Dividend .11553 456.80
Jul 2 15.59 320 shares 4988.80
Sep 25 Dividend .10237 437.53
Oct 1 16.59 301 shares 4993.59
Dec 24 Dividend .10585 484.26
2009 Totals 4575 shares 74904.69 4001.23
Jan 4 17.60 284 shares 4998.40
Mar 26 Dividend .12171 591.39
Apr 1 17.88 279 shares 4988.52
Jun 25 Dividend .10905 560.30
Jul 2 16.45 303 shares 4984.35
Sep 27 Dividend .11106 604.28
Oct 1 17.95 278 shares 4990.10
Dec 24 Dividend .1038 593.63
Totals 2010 5719 shares 94866.06 6350.83
Jan 4 19.21 260 shares 4994.60
Mar 25 Dividend .11889 710.84
Apr 1 20.37 245 shares 4990.65
Dividend .11965 744.70
Jul 4 19.29 259 shares 4996.11
Dividend .10356 671.38
Oct 3 16.25 307 shares 4988.75
Dividend .10021 680.42
2011 Totals 6790 shares 114836.17 9158.17
Jan 3 17.47 286 shares 4996.42
Mar 23 Dividend .13158 931.06
Apr 2 17.90 279 shares 4994.10
Jun 22 Dividend .12639 929.60
Jul 3 17.06 293 shares 4998.58
Sep 21 Dividend .12365 945.68
Oct 1 17.72 282 shares 4997.04
2012 Totals To date – 7648 shares 134822.31 11964.51

Dollar Cost Averaging Results After 6 Years:

After 6 years the investor has accumulated 7648 shares in the XIU ETF and tied up a total of $134,822.31 of his capital. He has earned $11964.51 in dividends or 8.8% over 6 years. This works out to a return of 1.46% a year.  On Nov 2 2012, the day of this article, the XIU was trading at $17.79. 7648 shares X $17.79 = $136,057.92.

Total return from this investment after 6 years is $11,964.51 in dividends and $1,235.61 in capital gains. Total return = 9.7% or 1.6% a year.

Is this the type of return you would want after 6 years of investing and risking $134,000 in an investment? Dollar cost averaging is an excellent way for a financial planner, mutual fund salesman and broker to earn commissions and give the appearance of investing to a client. It is nothing more and a poor investment concept.

Myth 7: Options Are Risky

Myth 8: Investing Through Options Is Not Real Investing

Myth 9: Investing Is For Professionals, Financial Planners and Brokers – Not You and Me

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