Author Topic: Pay down mortgage vs investing in market  (Read 202 times)

chake

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Pay down mortgage vs investing in market
« on: July 12, 2019, 09:55:11 AM »
I recently bought a home, and got a 30yr fixed rate mortgage on 290,000 at 4.5%.
Now, I'm receiving a bonus from work to the tune of $10,000.
I've got a small Vanguard investment account (~$25,000), pretty well balanced between total market index funds and bonds.
My question: is it smarter to throw that chunk of money at the mortgage now, since my payments are mostly interest? Or does it make more sense to invest that $10,000 because I'm likely to get better than 4.5% return in the long run?
Amortization calculations say that an extra 10,000 now would knock two years off the mortgage payments and about $17,000 off the total interest paid. Thoughts?

Fishindude

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Re: Pay down mortgage vs investing in market
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2019, 09:59:36 AM »
I'll start making the popcorn.

SwordGuy

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Re: Pay down mortgage vs investing in market
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2019, 10:05:55 AM »
Do everyone a favor and read this entire thread:

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/dont-payoff-your-mortgage-club/

Delete your own thread and if you still have questions or concerns, ask them in the linked thread.

Trust me, this has been exhaustively covered there.

Psychstache

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Re: Pay down mortgage vs investing in market
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2019, 10:06:30 AM »
I'll start making the popcorn.

I can never decide if I want to go with this:



Or this: