Understand how uncertain times is a great time to invest with an appropriate strategy

Over the last 100 years, global share markets have experienced many major setbacks, including the Great Depression of the 1930s, several wars, the ‘crash of 1987’ then the Global Financial Crisis twenty years later. But for every low, a recovery has followed – they just take time.

What stops most people from investing in (or returning to) the share market is not knowing when to jump in. Although nobody knows exactly when a market or a particular share price has found its base price, we can employ a strategy to remove this speculation and focus on a longer-term investment plan.

Averaging into the share market

A regular savings plan involves putting aside a small amount of cash on a regular basis to make investments of a set amount at regular intervals. This is a suitable strategy for people who don’t have a large sum of money to invest immediately but are able to build up an investment portfolio over time. The other advantage of investing this way is that it removes the decision-making process of trying to pick the cheapest time to invest (which is impossible). Instead, investing regularly in the market applies the concept of ‘dollar cost averaging’.

The aim of dollar-cost averaging is that the average cost of the investments will always be below the average value of the investments during the period in question.

Take this example

A novice investor called Darren has no savings but decides to make the effort and after three short months he has saved $500 to invest. It was so easy that Darren continues to save and invest $500 every three months over a year. During this time the share price rises and falls, which gives the overall result as follows:


Market Movement


No. Units






Share price after 3 months






Share price falls at 6 months






Share price rises at 9 months






Share price at 12 months













As can be seen in the table, Darren benefits despite the upward and downward fluctuations in the market. The average cost of the units at the time of the last investment is $1.01 ($2,000 divided by 1977 units), yet the value of the share at that point in time is now $1.40.

Furthermore, dollar-cost averaging can act as a form of diversification, enabling investors to stagger their entry into the market instead of taking the risk associated with making a large single purchase.

Please refer to our original document on dollar-cost average investing here

Would you like to take the next step?

LifeTime Financial Group are specialist (holding appropriate accreditations) advisors who are ideally positioned to assist you in managing your Investment needs including the implementation of a considered dollar-cost averaged investment plan.

Would you like to discuss your needs further with one of our highly qualified financial planners? Why not call us today on 03 9596-7733? There is no cost or obligation for our initial conversation/meeting.

LifeTime Financial Group. A leading privately-owned Melbourne based Financial Planning practice.


Note: past performance is not an indicator of future results.

Back to all News