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Pay down debt or invest calculator
If you have extra money, this calculator helps you decide whether to invest or pay off debt.

Your loan:

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Tax paid on each extra dollar of income earned; rate is based on income level. Different rates apply to interest, dividends and
capital gains.

For assistance in calculating the marginal tax rate on your income, please use this
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Note that interest on RRSP, TFSA and RESP loans is not
tax deductible

Your investment:

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Investments in registered accounts (e.g., RRSP or RESP): returns are not taxable until withdrawn, so enter "0." Investments outside registered accounts: returns are taxable in the year they're earned.
Capital gains are taxed when the investment is sold; the capital gains inclusion rate is 50%, so enter half your marginal tax rate. Interest is taxed at your marginal rate, so enter that same number. Dividends are taxed based on
their type.

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Your break-even rate is 11.63%. The break-even rate is what your investment must earn – before tax, if applicable – to match the return from using your money to reduce debt. If you don’t think your investment can beat the break-even rate, it’s normally better to pay down your loan.

David Chilton discusses when it makes sense to use a line of credit, and why you might want to pay it off. Help us improve this tool

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