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Subject:  Consumer Debt and Investing Date:  1/19/2001  7:44 PM
Author:  broberts8 Number:  5969 of 10421

Great article on Consumer Debt, and the analogy to bailing out a leaking boat is a good one. My question: does it logically follow that cashing in EXISTING investments [to pay off consumer debt] is adviseable? I have been hesitating to do so, because the market is in a slump and I'm confident my investments will come back up. However, leaving it in the market is tantamount to investing with consumer debt, is it not? Were the market not down so much right now, it would be an easier choice. I have a feeling that if I were to "cash out" now just to pay off my debt, my stocks would be worth twice as much in X months when they recover. Wait for the market to recover, or pay my debts now?
Thanks for your opinions,
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