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      What if you have a large amount of debt, yet have $20,000 in retirement. Should you take out the money from a 401K to pay off the debt?

      Stephanie wrote: Is there a general rule of thumb about what debt should be paid off in
      what order? And where do long-term goals fit in?

      For example, if you have:
      debt: credit cards, home loan, auto loan
      long-term goals: college fund(s), retirement fund, emergency fund

      Assume your credit card interest rate is
      larger than your mortgage
      interest rate.

      And assume you can only put money in one at a time (a tad unrealistic
      I know, but for the sake of argument let’s assume you don’t have
      enough to do all at once).

      How would you order, from “Pay off or Invest in First” to “Pay Off
      Last or Invest in Last”?

      Thanks for playing!
      Stephanie

      Kristin
      Streamwood-Barrington and Bode

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