Investing with a mortgage to pay

The decision of where to put your money tends to be one of the most important in today’s society. People will often spend their money for financial peace of mind on things such as mortgages, instead of securing a wealthy future with activities such as investing.

Although this seems like an ultimatum between the two, the truth is that you can be involved in both. This article will delve deep into both sides of the coin so that you can better delegate your funds to each one.

Paying off the mortgages

Focusing on paying off a mortgage can have its pros and cons. It’s always optimal to be aware of both. This section will give you insight on the main four factors that you will be both gaining and missing out on when paying attention to this area.

Advantages

Certain return

When most people think of paying the mortgage, it’s usually associated with clearing debt rather than making money. In fact it’s both. Every cent off the mortgage allows you to collect interest that would have been spent on the mortgage. Perhaps the best part about this is that there are limited risks, it is a guaranteed return.

Piece of mind

The main reason why people focus on mortgages rather than investing is because of a tendency to choose safety over risk. Perhaps the best benefit of paying off a mortgage is that you gain certainty that cannot be equaled in the volatile share market. Although you’re not playing to win big, you are securing your future in the sense that you won’t have an overbearing mountain of debt.

Disadvantages

Tunnel vision

Although tunnel vision may work well for athletes or anyone competing in certain industries, it does not apply to this. By focusing all your energy on paying of the mortgage, you can very often miss extremely lucrative investment opportunities that would otherwise have paid you a much higher return. Although you’re securing your financial safety, you might also be missing out on your financial freedom.

Eggs in one basket

Like the above, sometimes putting all your eggs in one basket can work. If safety and security is your priority though, this can often-times backfire when you place all your attention on your mortgage. When your capital is involved in only one asset, if anything goes wrong you have nothing to fall back on.

Splitting Funds Between Mortgages and Investing

Alternatively to the above, it is possible to use your capital for both options. Although you will be diversifying your focus, there are benefits as well as the negatives that you will come across.

Advantages

Potential for large return

The beauty of investing in things like shares is the potential for long term income that is likely to be more lucrative than what you would save in interest by paying off your mortgage. This also allows you to better pay of your home whilst having excess cash to spend.

Asset diversification

We mentioned that putting all your eggs in one basket is not always the best option when it comes to money. This is why investing alongside mortgages is phenomenal for securing a safe future. This means that if one of your assets is performing poorly, it is likely that another will balance it out.

Compound interest

If you have ever heard of the term “making money work for you”, this would be the closest thing to it. The compound interest effect of investing cannot be overstated when you give time for it to grow. This is why if you choose to go down this route, invest as soon as possible even if it’s only a dollar, so that you can begin taking advantage of this principle.

Disadvantages

Experience required

Although not much, a decent level of understanding is required if you desire to be successful in investing. This can be a negative or positive depending on your situation. If you are in the situation where you lack the experience or knowledge, either learn or find an individual who knows what he or she is doing.

Higher risk

The potential for bigger gain also comes with the potential of a large loss. The risk in investing is real and must be minimised when making decisions as to where to put your money. Factors such as unexpected market fluctuations and so on all happen regularly. A long term approach is much more ideal for minimised risk as opposed to a short term approach which rarely works out.

As you can see, both options are viable depending on your personality and circumstance. If you are someone with confidence and experience in investing, the latter will always be ideal. Alternatively if you’re not, you can always minimise the amount you put in initially compared to the mortgage so you can at least get your feet wet.

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