We answer five of our listener’s questions about loan refinancing, HSA’s, and first home mortgages.
This format has become so popular that it’s now a regular feature on LMM. We answer questions sent in by listeners.
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1. Why is refinancing a loan so important? If you can refinance, it will lower your interest rate, thereby lowering your monthly payment and interest payments. Refinancing works the same no matter the type of loan, student, mortgage, car etc.
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2. If I invest in the Retirement Target fund 2055 will I invite penalties if I need to cash out early? Can I pocket dividends or so I have to reinvest them? You won’t get a penalty for cashing out early on that fund. You can pocket the dividends, you just have to set your account to send them to you rather than to reinvest them.
3. Is there a benefit to paying 25% of my student loan payment a week rather than 100% once a month? Check the terms with your lender. Some will hold the payments until the full balance is reached thereby removing any benefit you might have accrued. If your lender isn’t a super dick, there is a benefit. You are cutting down on the interest you will owe.
4. What is the advantage of saving health related receipts to turn in after cashing out your HSA for non-health related expenses? Why not just use it for health related expenses? It’s really a matter of flexibility. If you have the money in your account and plan to save it for retirement, you could pull it out to pay for an emergency if you had one.
5. Should you pay cash for a house if you can or are you losing out on some tax benefits if you do? If parting with that much cash at once isn’t a burden, do it. The interest you save vastly outweighs any tax benefit.
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