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Is eliminating credit card debt a good investment?

Created: On August 26, 2011 @ 7:33 pm In

Provide your own debt help program by directing money you’re investing in non-retirement portfolios toward paying off credit card debt. In general, financial advisers do not recommend accessing or terminating retirement investments for paying off credit card debt.

Paying off credit card debt is a good “investment”

Eliminate the high cost of credit card debt: Creditors are required by law to post the annual percentage rate of your credit card debt on each monthly statement. The APR includes the card’s interest rate, membership fee, and penalty fees calculated as an annual percentage of your account balance. Let’s say that your APR is 15 percent, and you owe $2,000. If your balance and APR don’t change over one year, you’ll pay $300 in finance charges.
No commissions: Stock brokerages charge commissions for buying and selling stocks. Paying off credit card debt is commission free, and eliminates the cost of carrying credit card debt.
Reduce financial risk: Paying off credit card debt saves money and reduces the risk or ruining your credit should you become unable to pay your debt. Investing in the financial markets can involve losing the amounts you’ve invested when markets decline. If you’re carrying high APR credit card debt, paying it off is a risk-free “investment” in financial security.
Improve your credit: Paying off credit card debt improves your credit scores and suggests to credit bureaus that you are in control of your finances and can responsible handle credit card debt. Don’t close accounts you’ve paid off as this reduces your total available credit and can reduce your credit scores.

If you’re struggling with credit card debt, please contact a consumer credit counseling and debt consolidation service for debt help.

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