It is an intriguing question that does not have a straightforward answer, as various issues need to be considered.
Generally speaking though, the lower mortgage interest rates are, the more favourable the case for investing becomes.
Indeed, repaying your home mortgage provides a guaranteed, risk-free return equal to your interest rate, but when those rates are below 3% like at present, many people believe they can get a higher return through investment.
Add to that the attention that has been drawn to share markets over the last few months, with many people believing the market correction presents a good buying opportunity, and it is not hard to explain why there is such a huge interest in investment.
Now, interest rates are one factor, but what personal factors should you consider?
Let’s explore this.
- Your age and timeframe to retirement
No one should underestimate benefits of compounding, which essentially means that the earlier you start investing, the more heavy lifting your investments will do for you. And so there is definitely a case for balancing debt repayment and investment early on in your career.
Now, if you are close to retirement (say 10 years) and have built insufficient wealth, then you may need to focus your attention more towards investment. You then may need to make the decision to downsize your home to clear your debts in retirement.
- Your current debt and wealth position
I have seen clients who are burdened by too much debt, that they would be unable to repay in full by retirement. Couple this with a low level of investments assets, and a decision needs to be made with regards to how to best prepare for retirement.
If you are not prepared to sell your ideal family home now, you may need to be ready to ‘rent’ your home by minimising loan repayments and actively build wealth, and commit to downsizing later in favour of a better retirement lifestyle.
- Your appetite for risk
The higher your appetite for risk, the more inclined you may be to invest as opposed to repay debt.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and so we take a very individual approach to develop a long term financial plan for you.
This is based on financial modelling, so we can stress-test different scenarios, based on your individual circumstances.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances, please contact me on 0432 885 295 or Yves@affluenceprivate.com.au
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