Title: The LSI or DCA decision: investing strategies for the lump sum averse

Authors: Brian C. Payne; Jeffery Bredthauer

Addresses: Department of Management, United States Air Force Academy, CO, USA ' Department of Finance, Banking and Real Estate, College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Mammel Hall, NE, USA

Abstract: A recent study finds that a Lump Sum Investing (LSI) strategy outperformed a Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) strategy approximately two-thirds of the time between January 1927 and December 2011 using multiple DCA periods and adjusting for risk. This study extends these findings by examining other risk adjustment measures as well as analysing shorter DCA periods and timing considerations. Focusing on the US stock market for the past 20 years, the LSI strategy does not dominate DCA as strongly as the prior results indicate. Instead, the decision is sensitive to the DCA duration, the timing of strategy implementation and the risk-adjustment method considered.

Keywords: DCA; dollar cost averaging; LSI; lump sum investing; market timing; investment strategies; lump sum averse; risk adjustment; USA; United States.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFSM.2013.059603

International Journal of Financial Services Management, 2013 Vol.6 No.4, pp.263 - 272

Received: 30 Aug 2013
Accepted: 28 Oct 2013

Published online: 02 Mar 2014 *

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