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To this I violently protest! Heck, why would anyone want to pay off a loan at 5 or 6% instead of investing in stocks,

Well, let's see. The best investing minds in the world (including the likes of Warren Buffet) are expecting stock returns of 6% to 7% for the next decade or so. And that, of course, is not guaranteed. Your mortgage at 5% or 6% is a rock-solid guaranteed cost. That means your expected spread is between 0% and 2%. Those are pretty thin spreads.

Now, the question: Do you think you are as good an investor as those who have proven themselves as the best of the best over the last several decades?

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