Dollar Cost Averaging: An Effective Investment Strategy

Hussain, Muzzakir (2006) Dollar Cost Averaging: An Effective Investment Strategy. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Dollar cost averaging is a highly controversial investment strategy, which has lately gained popularity in midst of the debate. While it is increasingly recommended by scores of investment advisors, as an effective strategy; many academics argue that this strategy merely reduces risk, at the cost of the opportunity to earn higher returns. In addition, the increased popularity of the strategy amongst individual investors, have lead to claims, that it a product of irrational behaviour of investors. This dissertation will explore whether Dollar Cost Averaging is irrationality or an effective investment strategy for investors of all types with different risk tolerance levels.

By means of risk adjusted return performance measures such as Sharpe, Sortino and Treynor's ratio, the research shows that Dollar Cost Averaging, not only significantly reduce the magnitude and chances of incurring losses, but also produces superior returns when compared to Lump Sum Investment strategy. In addition, a survey conducted shows that irrationality and ignorance of investors, investment advisors and academics has largely restricted the strategy from gaining the popularity it deserves.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: DCA, DOLLAR COST AVERAGING, FORMULAE INVESTMENT PLANS, INVESTMENT STRATEGIES, INVESTMENT TECHNIQUES
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 19:25
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/20767

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