Living debt free or living with loans and investments, which is better?

Around 75% of my salary is spent on loan repayment, I have investment in shares, I am planning to sell shares and close all loans and live debt free but without much investment, is it a wise decision?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Loans are tax deductable.

    Investments are taxible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well it depends on what kind of debt it is. If it's credit card debt then by all means get rid of it, the sooner the better. If it means cashing out a portfolio, sometimes it's worth. However there can be heafty monentary penalties, look before you leap. If however it's a school loan, relax, keep the investment, because the school loan was an investment and you should not view it as a negative. If it's a 401K plan you're cashing the penalties are vast, tred carefully there.

    But after all that, the simple truth is, yes, it is better to be debt free.

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  • 1 decade ago

    75% of salary is quite hefty for loan repayments. Forget about asking a financial advisor.

    You should be asking yourself; is paying 75% of your salary eating you up? If it is, you should already know what you should do.

    Unless you can manage your loans well; making sure all your investments pays more for your loans, otherwise it's better to be debt free.

    Take a look at your investments portfolio, kill the dogs, keep the cash cows.

    You've got some work to do!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, you should be working on both simotaniously. Any revolving debt is something you should work on getting out of asap, for sure. even students loans cause those can be revolving alot of the time. And you can't claim all loans on your taxes and there investments out there, such as a ROTH IRA that if you take out after 59 1/2 and have been having the funds in for more than 5 years are completely tax free when you take out. Honestly, you would need to sit down with someone that can help you and your personal situation. Something that can be customized to your needs...hopefully, your goal is to become debt free and financially independent...

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  • 1 decade ago

    i think i would agree with what moon has said. There's nothing worse then a credit card loan. Get rid of that if you got one. otherwise the right mix of debt and investment is not so bad. And like everything else your investment should be able to cover your loan at time of crises. In my view loan is not bad at all if you know how to use it. In terms of tax, loan is tax deductible but investment is not, but hey good news is your total deduction can offset your tax payable if not completely partially. So there you go again easy way to save money. Wonder where you have invested your money though??

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  • 1 decade ago

    do your investments earn you more than you pay in loans? If not then I would look at cashing them in and reducing the loan.

    Maybe not sell all of your investments though, just enought so that you can reduce the debt to a level where your investments can help you pay them off comfortably. 75% sounds a little excesive for loan repayments.

    I AM NOT a financial advisor so please dont take my word as gospel, This is just what I would do.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not all loans are tax deductible!

    You must pay interest on them! Read all your loan statements closely. Look at how much of your monthly payment is going towards interest! This is your money that you are paying to the loan institution for them to have loaned you money in the first place! This is money that could otherwise be going into a savings account that would earn interest FOR YOU!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Living dept free is not good, because it means you dont have future investments, you should close share investment loans and you can have your personal investments.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Long term, your investments will never appreciate more than your loan. And there is nothing better than freedom from worry. Get your priorities right.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It If so borrow the moneyall depends. What is your rate of interest? How is your credit score? Can you get interest only home equity line of credit? If so borrow , pay up your debt Review your investment.

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