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 stock to pay off my mortgage?

Q&A with David Edwards: Should I sell my stock to pay off my mortgage?

Question: I am less than three years away from retirement and have 80% of my stock portfolio in a particular stock which has grown about 30% in the last two years. My mortgage is at 4.4% and my 401(k) is about 1/3 of my total assets (the other 2/3 being stock). I am single with a salary between $100,000 and $150,000. I was thinking of paying off my mortgage by selling about a quarter of that particular stock which would include the capital gains and fees. Is it wise to sell stock at this time to payoff the mortgage?

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