Dollar Cost Averaging

Disciplined investing with dollar cost averaging

The concept of “buy low and sell high” sounds attractive, but it can be difficult to follow and potentially risky due to the unpredictable nature of short-term market prices. To help ease the burden of trying to time markets, dollar-cost averaging (DCA) can be an effective strategy.  DCA is disciplined, systematic investing on a consistent and regular basis using Mackenzie Investments mutual funds.

Reasons to invest using DCA

    • Investing systematically alleviates worry due to market fluctuations 
    • Allows investors to take the emotion and bias out of investing
    • Introduce a disciplined and automated approach to building your long-term wealth

How it works

DCA involves systematically buying equal dollar amounts of a given investment on a regular basis. Rather than investing all your money at once and being fully committed to any subsequent market ups and downs, making a commitment to invest a smaller amount on a regular basis may lower your overall average cost per unit.  By purchasing more units at lower prices and fewer when prices are high, investors are averaging out costs in the long run, which can reduce the risk of exposure to market fluctuations.



Because not every investor is the same, Mackenzie Investments offers two solutions for taking advantage of the DCA strategy.

  Mackenzie DCA Service Mackenzie One-Step DCA
Administration Paper based.  Requires submission of enrollment form One-ticket solution; No enrollment form required; set-up is automatic based on initial fund number-based transaction
Investment Options Can be setup on any Mackenzie fund and purchase option Limited to the set of target funds in Series A and F.  See the Eligible Fund List for details.
Investment Frequency Can be done over a 3, 6, 9- or 12-month duration with a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly frequency Weekly on an annual basis.  1/52 of initial investment amount is automatically switched each week for 52 weeks.
Initial Minimum Investment Initial minimum of $500 Initial minimum of $1,000 for each new set-up transaction
Reason to Invest Flexibility Automation

Explore your options

Call your financial advisor to discuss how Mackenzie One-Step DCA can help you reach your financial goals.


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