New to investing? Here’s why your timing could be perfect!

first_imgNew to investing? Here’s why your timing could be perfect! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Despite this article’s headline, it’s very hard to time the markets and whenever you invest, you’ll usually see some down-days as well as up-days.But if the recent carnage in the stock markets has whetted your appetite for investing, I think there’s a good chance you’re thinking ‘right’ about the process. After all, it’s probably better to begin your participation just after the speculative froth has been blown off share prices.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Buying good valueIndeed, one of the main points of value investing is to not overpay for shares. And when everything looks rosy in the economic garden and the markets are riding high, valuations will likely have been pushed up too. And the best time to buy shares and share-backed investments is when the earnings multiples are lower.Otherwise, you can end up identifying good-quality underlying businesses, which go on to make poor investments for you as a shareholder. That’s because you paid too much for the shares as measured by earnings multiples and other valuation indicators. The main problem with overvaluation is that it tends to correct over time, which can stymie your returns from shares.Let me tell you a little story about my own entry into active investing nearer the beginning of the century. I’d participated in a clutch of privatisation issues through the 1990s without really knowing much about shares. Thankfully, those investments proved to be profitable. And when I found myself with a lump sum to invest, the markets were just beginning to recover from the big bear market that finished around the end of 2002.One of my first investments proved to be successful. I put some money in a low-cost, passive FTSE 100 index tracker fund. Over the following months and years, it went up and up, as well as paying me a regular and rising stream of dividends. I’d chosen the accumulation version of the fund, which ensured that the dividends were automatically reinvested to compound my gains.Drip-feeding looks like a good idea right nowIf you look at a chart of the FTSE 100 index, you’ll see that it has so far always recovered from its dips. And I’m sure it will do so again. Furthermore, the long-term trajectory is up. I think the index is an excellent vehicle for playing the recovery from a bear market.But while the markets look like they are still plunging I’d be careful about investing my cash. I think drip-feeding money into a tracker fund is a good way to proceed. Such pound-cost averaging will help to smooth out your returns in the long term.And once you’ve started, why not make a regular monthly investment programme something you keep doing until you retire? If you do that, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to retire more financially comfortable than you would otherwise. 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