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Why Now Is The Best Time To Be An Investor

I have been investing for a few years now and following the market for longer. During this time I have seen a lot. Both bull and bear markets, full sectors rising and falling, stock splits, dividend increases or decreases, new IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, just to name a few. While this is all normal for the market, the question remains. Why do I believe this is the best time to be an investor?

 

Market Highs – A few months ago we reached a market milestone and the DOW surpassed 20,000 for the first time in history. With every passing day it is breaking records and we are seeing new record highs that we have never seen before. While 20,000 seemed like only yesterday, the DOW is quickly approaching the 21,000 mark.

 

Trading Platforms– All investors seek out quality companies with good fundamentals and capable of long term growth. But did you ever think about the companies that provide the trading platforms for us to use? They are companies too just like the ones we invest in. By that, I mean they must do all they can to remain competitive amongst the other platforms. An example from last week, Fidelity cut their trade fee price down to $4.95. That’s nearly a 40% decrease from its original $7.95 fee. This strategy will bring in new investors as well as draw more trades from current investors. If Fidelity’s competitors have not already done something similar, I believe they will very soon to remain competitive.

 

Technology– With the information era upon us, we can have data at our fingertips 24/7. With the phone apps available, it’s easy to get stock price updates, news articles, alerts, and more automated right to us. It’s easy to pull up any publicly traded company, read their financial reports, see their past performance, review the ratios, and make an informed decision on investing. Anything we want to research and do our due diligence on, it’s out there for us to find.

 

Community– Going along with the last point technology, networking has never been as big. With so many forms of social media, it’s possible to communicate with anyone in the world. The DGI community itself has grown immensely, with new blogs joining daily from all over of the world. With a certain level of transparency, every member of our community can share their journey, experiences, goals, knowledge, ideas, and advice with others and receive positive feedback to drive them forward. With so many quality blogs present, new investors can find a good starting point to build their own portfolios.

 

These are just a few reasons why I believe now is the best time to be an investor. Would you agree? What are your thoughts?

 

12 Responses to “Why Now Is The Best Time To Be An Investor”

  • All good points! A lot of people try to time the market and don’t want to get in now but if you’re holding for the long term it shouldn’t matter. Regarding trading platforms…the big brokerages have been cutting their trading fees which is great for competition and for us! TD Ameritrade went from $9.99 down to $6.95 and Schwab went from $6.95 to $4.95!
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    • Dividend Daze:

      I’m loving the competition between trading brokers. I heard about the other ones as well. Great news for us. That will save all of us a lot of money. Thanks for the comment.

  • Absolutely! There is zero reason to not invest these days. Information access has become easy, trading fees are less or even zero at some brokerages with $10 minimum buys. Anyone can invest these days. I remember going to the library looking up companies in big heavy Value Line books. That’s how the info came. I remember paying over $50 a trade at a “discount” brokerage. Full service brokerages charged anywhere from $200 to $300 or more commission. So yes, it’s a great time to be an investor and also have access to blogs like yours that share real world info.

    • Dividend Daze:

      Thanks, I completely agree! Funny looking back at how difficult it used to be just to make a simple trade. And with inflation, that cost was even greater back then. The power and innovation of the internet and automation have played a huge part to make trading what it is today. As always, I appreciate for your comment.

  • Great post. While I feel the market is currently overvalued the lower trading fees and the blogging community are fantastic. It is soo easy these days to find out information on companies these days.
    Cheers

    • Dividend Daze:

      I agree. With the market so high, it’s hard to find good value. But I’m not complaining with the lower trade fees. Over time it really adds up. Thanks for your comment.

  • Every day is a great day to be an investor! But I agree, technology has completely changed the game. Think of how expensive the large brokerage firms cost and how technology has allowed some low cost providers to enter the arena. Individual investing would be that much more difficult if the transaction costs continued to remain through the roof!

    Take care,

    Bert

    • Dividend Daze:

      Yeah, the transaction costs alone would deter people from investing. And if a stock had a significant drop in price it would probably take someone a few days to gather all the information needed to make a necessary decision to hold or sell. Technology makes everything easy now. Thanks for your comment!

  • Gotta be careful though. A lot of the current rally is based a on the premise that trump will pass tax cuts in congress. If he doesn’t, a 10% correction is likely (and sit looks like he’ll face significant opposition from the freedom caucus)

    • Dividend Daze:

      That is true but from a DGI perspective, a 10% correction would bring more value to this market. And with it, more buying power. There hasn’t been too many new buys for investors lately because everything is sitting around its 52 week high. I would love to see a few come down into strike range. Thanks for your comment.

  • Technology has definitely helped my investing a lot. Without the internet, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. I’ve learned some much from other investors and traders who share their thoughts on Twitter.

    • Dividend Daze:

      I agree. Especially with so many other websites and blogs out there to trade ideas and information with. And if you want to learn something, you can pretty much self teach yourself through what you can find on the internet. Thanks for stopping by.

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