Pay Credit Card Debt With Retirement Fund?
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Dear Debt Adviser,
I’m 47 and have a retirement fund that’s worth $ 209,000. I also have two credit cards with a total balance of $ 9,900, interest rates of 8.8 and 11.8%, and a combined monthly payment of $ 200. Should I use my retirement fund to pay my credit card debt? My retirement fund allows me to take out two loans at any given time, and I can get loans for 50 months at 4.25% interest.
— Julie

Dear Julie,
I lean toward Murphy’s Law when planning. If something can go wrong, it will, and it’ll happen at the worst possible time. So I’d be cautious. You certainly could take out a loan from your retirement fund account, but why would you? The negatives of raiding your retirement fund outweigh the positives.

True, you would pay less on interest charges with the retirement fund loan than your credit cards. But you would lose the compounding interest on the money you borrow. In addition, if you change employers or get fired, your loan would become due in full. In most cases you’d be required to repay that loan 60 days after a change in employment. You could end up losing nearly half of your loan to early withdrawal penalties and taxes on the money you borrowed. You have a great start on your retirement savings. I say leave it alone and let it work for you.

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