Mortgage or Super?

Mortgage or Super
Are you better off reducing your mortgage or contributing to super?

A lot of people ask this question. Unfortunately, as with many wealth management decisions there is no straight forward answer. The appropriate choice depends on a number of issues, some of which we address in this article.

The obvious starting point is to look at the numbers. Assume you have 15 years until you can access your superannuation benefits free of tax. You have a mortgage that is costing you 7.0% a year (after tax) and a small amount of super. Over the next 15 years, you expect to have at least $13,375[1] a year of surplus cash flow.
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