When it comes to your future, the decision between paying off debt and investing can be a challenging one to make. Asking your financial advisor is always a good option to help you make a decision about your financial future and help create an effective investment strategy.
Whether you should pay off debt or invest comes down to context and different factors you have to consider. Factors like how your credit score may be affected and what specific things you choose to invest in.
Let’s explore paying off debt and investing, including what to consider for each option.
Making a Case for Investing
Investing is an excellent way to set money aside for the future, and your dedicated financial advisor can help prepare a strategy. Of course, investing can be a complicated journey full of market fluctuations and patience.
Luckily your investment strategy will focus on a core portfolio of diversified investments designed to mitigate risk and aim for high-quality, risk-adjusted returns. There are a variety of reasons why long-term investments are excellent for growing your wealth and expanding your portfolio.
Managing Your Risk Tolerance
Investments can be a roller coaster, but long-term investments can help take the stress out of market fluctuations. It’s a regular occurrence for the market to be unstable, and not reacting emotionally to market fluctuations can yield significant returns.
Investing Helps You Build Wealth
Investing not only helps you build your wealth but also establishes good habits to continue adding to your wealth over time. It can be something as simple as adding money to your investment account monthly, which grows your investment in the market organically.
A Supervised Investment Journey
Your investment portfolio is thoroughly reviewed and tested by your financial advisor. The strategies implemented can switch between active and passive with third-party investment strategies and due diligence processes.
This supervision is done to help assist with risk management and ensure you’re up-to-date on all your investments.
Long-term investments can reduce your yearly taxable capital gains amount significantly. Capital gains tax is a mandatory payment made to the Canadian Revenue Agency when you sell an investment at a higher value than the price you originally paid.
Capital gains tax affects investments as well as business assets, equipment, and real estate. The less frequently you buy and sell stocks, the less your capital gains tax will be.
Personal Financial Advice
The world of investing can be a confusing place, so having a dedicated financial advisor is always helpful. Your financial advisor can help you make sense of the bigger picture and keep you on track through adversity down the road.
It’s important to have a team of experienced, professional financial advisors in your corner.
What to Consider with Debt
Debt carries a high-interest rate, especially when it comes to credit card debt. Paying off your debt has a lot to do with preserving your credit score. Your credit score plays a significant role in your financial future and is crucial for getting a mortgage or car purchase loan.
Your credit score can also affect things like insurance premiums or whether you are a good tenant candidate for a rental property.
Paying off debt can be challenging, and a good place to start is to get in touch with your financial advisor to explore a personalized financial plan that meets your needs. Your financial advisor can help you assess your income, expenses, and lifestyle to create a plan that sets you up for the future.
Paying off your debt can start with something as simple as creating a budget with your financial advisor and sorting through your options.
Balancing Your Financial Future
Paying off debt or investing does not have to be an either/or decision. Your financial advisor can help you by crafting a financial plan that meets your needs, is the best of both worlds, and allows you to begin balancing your financial future.
Our team of financial advisors at Qopia Financial is in your corner to help you sort out your finances and plan for your future.
Get in touch with our team to learn how we can help you grow your wealth today.
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I grew up in a small town south of Ottawa, called Metcalfe, ON and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2012. My love for sports is a major reason why I place so much importance on performance and this includes performing for clients. Those closest to me would describe me as straightforward, but also generous, driven, and dynamic. As a coach, teammate, and partner of my clients, I want to see that everyone wins.
Since 2017, I have been working as a Financial Advisor and have always had a natural affinity for business and investments. In early 2021, I completed my Chartered Investment Management (CIM) ®designation, which has helped me select and recommend the highest quality investments for my clients. My goal is to provide the most competitive, transparent, and cost-effective Estate Planning and Investment Management service in Canada, which focuses on Tax minimization, Growth and Protection.
I don’t do it alone. At Qopia, I have a team of dedicated administrative staff, in-house analysts, insurance specialists, lawyers, accountants as well other Financial Advisors with whom I can consult. I pride myself on striving to deliver the industry’s top service for my clients.