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Cold Pizza
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What to do with Savings?



Let's not discuss right and wrong, jut what to do if I think I'm right.

Assets
1) Retirement saving in MMA. (Rolled from stocks last winter.)
2) Personal savings half stocks, half MMA. I basically switched additional savings from stocks to MMA 18 months ago or so.

Debt
1) A recently-purchased house with a 20 year, 2.75% note. 80% borrowed, the rest paid cash.
2) No cc or car loan. I'm an MT Baller .

Last winter, I wanted to be less in stocks because it felt like 2008 all over again. Well in 2008, the stock market started its turnaround in Jan of 2009. I see 3 options:

1) Roll retirement savings back to stocks over the next 3 months. Personal savings in MMA to stocks over the same period.
2) Leave retirement in MMA, use savings in MMA to pay down house, even though it's on 2.75%. That's an ungodly low rate, but the MMA is paying less.
3) A combination of the 2 above.
4) Something else.

My rainy day fund is plenty sufficient. What is your advice?







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foshizzle
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: What to do with Savings?


Put your savings (and emergency fund too) to a Roth. You can always get the money back out with no penalty and your earnings are tax free.

I would not prepay a mortgage note with a rate that low. Your ROI is negative after inflation and taxes. It's true that an MMA is paying less, but I bet it won't be for the next 20 years. Assuming you're in the 25% tax bracket prepaying your mortgage = investing for 20 years at a 2.1% rate. Take inflation into account and that's a negative real return, guaranteed for 20 years (or until the mortgage is paid off).

I would consider getting a credit card, most will give you rewards of some kind and if it is stolen your liability is limited. Just pay it each month and you're fine.






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Cold Pizza
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Member since Sep 2011
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re: What to do with Savings?


quote:

I would not prepay a mortgage note with a rate that low. Your ROI is negative after inflation and taxes. It's true that an MMA is paying less, but I bet it won't be for the next 20 years. Assuming you're in the 25% tax bracket prepaying your mortgage = investing for 20 years at a 2.1% rate. Take inflation into account and that's a negative real return, guaranteed for 20 years (or until the mortgage is paid off).


That's a very good point. What's the max ROTH IRA contribution? $5k/yr?






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foshizzle
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saving$
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Seems like your not in drowning in debt and have a fully funded emergency fund (min 6 months of expenses). Congrats you're better off than the average person. My suggestion would be in the following order: 1. Max 401k to get max employer match 2. if your MGAI allows you to qualify max roth ira 3. max yearly 401K limit 4. any $ left over invest in taxable account or IRA if you qualify for contribution deduction.

Personally if I were you I would not worry about trying to pick individual winners and losers with stocks. Pick a low cost index fund/etf paired with a low cost index bond fund/etf and stick to your plan!






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