With interest rates plunging all over the world, including right here in the U.S., many fixed-income investors are scratching their heads about where they can find something that pays more than 1% without taking on a pile of risk.
The answer is right under their noses. Plus, the return is way better than you can get on stocks and bonds (even gold!). Not only that, but the return is guaranteed.
A few weeks ago in this space I recommended that people investing for retirement should avoid the overpriced stock and bond markets and any imminent market correction and instead invest in themselves, namely by paying down their mortgage. It's a 100% guaranteed risk-free investment, and the amount of money you'll save will dwarf the return you might get on bank CDs. And it will make your household budget in retirement a lot easier to balance.
But one way NOT to pay off your mortgage is by calling one of those outfits that promise to help you pay off your loan early, for a fat fee, of course. They often advertise a "biweekly" mortgage in which you agree to send them one-half of your monthly mortgage payment every two weeks. By doing that, you're essentially making one extra mortgage payment a year, thus paying down your loan faster.