When’s the Best Time to Buy Bitcoin?

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I’m not yet convinced that a diversified portfolio needs cryptocurrency, but as they say, YMMV (your mileage may vary). You may be curious about Bitcoin and wondering when to take the plunge. Today’s featured story suggests waiting until some of the hype has quieted down. A clever chart from the Personal Finance Club compares Bitcoin’s price in U.S. dollars to Google search volume for the phrase “buy Bitcoin.” As search interest spikes, so does the price. It shows that a good time to buy is when no one’s thinking (and searching) about Bitcoin. But if it's no longer top of mind, then how would you remember to invest? It’s a bit of a conundrum. My best advice? Don’t let FOMO (fear of missing out) push you onto the bandwagon, but if you’ve done your research and think a small investment in cryptocurrency makes sense, don’t sweat the timing too much.

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This week in our Retire with Money Facebook group, a member posted an instructive illustration, courtesy of Dalbar and Morningstar, that supports the buy-and-hold investing strategy. From 1985 to 2014, the average stock fund returned 10.7%, but the average stock fund investor got just 3.8%. Why? They tried to time the market, jumping in and out and invariably getting it wrong. During the same period, the average bond fund returned 6.9%, but the average bond investor earned just 0.7%. As one member aptly put it, “Seems hard for people to just buy and hold for the long term. They get antsy and try to dance in and out of the market.” It may seem counterintuitive, but over the long term you really do make money sitting on your hands. 

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