Q&A with David Edwards: Should I pay off my mortgage loan or invest with the money I am receiving from an inheritance?

Q&A with David Edwards: Should I pay off my mortgage loan or invest with the money I am receiving from an inheritance?

Question: My spouse and I will be inheriting about $750,000 to $800,000. The payoff balance of our mortgage is estimated at about $180,000 at 3.5 percent APR for 30 years. Would it be worthwhile to allocate some of the money we are inheriting to pay off the mortgage loan? We still have 27 years left to pay. Alternatively, should I invest the money and continue paying my mortgage?

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Q&A with David Edwards: Should I sell my mutual funds when I sense a bear market approaching?

Q&A with David Edwards: Should I sell my mutual funds when I sense a bear market approaching?

Question: I have about $93,000 invested in non-retirement mutual funds. I have been considering trying to time the market by selling these funds when I sense a bear market approaching (incurring a $1,700 capital loss) and then buying the same funds at a cheaper price once the bear market has arrived. I have no debt and an emergency fund. Is this a good strategy, or too risky?

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Q&A with David Edwards: How do I know if a stock is overvalued?

Q&A with David Edwards: How do I know if a stock is overvalued?

Question: To find the price-earnings ratio of a stock, I divide the current stock price with the last four quarters of earnings. If the current list price is higher than the number I get when I calculate the P/E ratio, what does that mean? Is the stock overvalued?

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