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Should I use money from my 403(b) account to pay off my credit card debt?

While the credit card company charging 16% interest is annoying, taking money from your 403(b) or any other retirement account to get rid of the debt may negatively impact you financially. Even though you can take the money out without the 10% penalty, you would still have to pay taxes on the money. You would likely lose money on the deal based on how the math works.

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How do I find the right financial advisor for me?

Finding the right adviser is difficult but not impossible. You will want to research advisers and then set up appointments with at least three or four of them. An adviser should be a fiduciary, should not be a commissioned. . . .

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Should we invest in stocks or pay off student loans with money gifted to us from our wedding?

I encourage the two of you not to consider this as an either/or situation, but instead use the money to provide for multiple goals. Focus on multiple goals to help you achieve both financial stability and a happier life . . . .

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I want to invest some of my savings with a long-term strategy to use to pay back the loans I will be taking out for school; what kind of investment strategies or accounts should I consider?

Before we discuss the investment opportunities for paying back the loans, start by talking with a financial planning specialist to identify additional financial aid opportunities to offset the schooling costs. Although it's great you . . .

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Will my husband's financial advisor be able to learn about my personal credit card debt when reviewing our finances and joint tax return?

No, your financial adviser will only have access to information approved and provided by you and your husband. This information may come out if you and your husband were to submit your credit reports to the adviser for. . . .

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Should I take money out of my 401(k) to pay off my house and save money on the mortgage payments in retirement?

The answer to this question will also depend on how much money you have in your 401(k), what your Social Security benefit is expected to be, and how much your annual expenses will be in retirement. If you have a sizable 401(k) (think more than 15x to 20x your annual . . . .

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How should I get out of debt?

Other than the credit card debt, your other debt and your housing costs actually look quite good. If you can get the credit card debt paid off, you'll be doing very well financially. Your best bet is to make minimum payments on your student loans and your car loan and put everything you can . . . .

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Do Credit Cards Charge Interest on New Purchases If One Is Paying Off a Balance?

When credit cards carry a (any) balance they charge interest on the entire amount, even purchases, on a daily basis. So there is a difference, because the client in scenario B would accrue interest daily on the purchases they made that month, while in scenario A they are only accruing interest . . . .

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