Investing vs. Paying Credit Card Debt

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Investing vs. Paying Credit Card Debt

Postby CreditCardGuru » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:12 pm

Here is a great brief video which shows why it is almost always smarter to pay down credit card debt than keeping the money in a bank or investments.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/v/m_jfQDTrMcQ&hl=en[/video]


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Postby sputNick » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:17 pm

And today this couldn't be more true!

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:46 pm

Yet so many Americans still feel it's better to keep thousands in the bank than pay their charge card bill.
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Postby robert.loehmann » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:34 pm

What I also realized back when the market was buzzing years back was that it was okay to have debt as long as your investments were earning more than the interest rate to make it profitable. Sure today that doesn't work but during the bull run of the Clinton era it made sense to go into low interest debt to finance your investments. Today though I would not recommend that in this skakey economy.

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Postby bozell » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:05 am

keep money in stocks and 40 to 80% in a year plus owe interest on my credit card balance from not paying it off? no way dumb choice there.

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Postby alsteig » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:32 pm

Some investors are getting the 0% for 12 months with huge cred lines and then putting the entire line in muni bonds @ 4%+ then month 11 pay back the entire bal. These people are able to get cash rates at this.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:27 am

Credit card arbitrage was a nice game to play years back. Take 50k and throw it in a CD at 4% and you would net an easy $2k after 12 months. Muni bonds would be a great alternative since CD rates are dismal these days, but it's harder to do now because most had their CL's slashed during the recession, making it much less lucrative.
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