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Subject:  Re: IRA and Dow Investing Date:  6/23/2000  9:17 AM
Author:  BookmFool Number:  22801 of 88430

I am going to transfer an IRA from a managed mutual fund to a discount brokerage...

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I had been investing about $50 a month into my IRA. Will I still be able to invest that way or should I wait until December when I'm ready to renew and then invest? Do I still send the discount brokerage the money incrementaly or all at once when I'm ready to renew?

I believe what you've been doing is what's called dollar-cost-averaging. Due to broker fees, you would purchase shares in your stocks at one time. And as far as adding money to your brokerage account, it would depend on whether or not your account pays interest on a cash balance. So your money can be doing something while it's waiting 'til the rebalancing period.

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