This week, I tackle your questions with my good friend, recovering financial planner Joe Saul-Sehy. Here’s what we answer:
1. I’m asking for a friend — no, really, I’m asking for a friend!
My friends are married and buried. They’re a married couple, buried in $500,000 of debt.
Some is federal student loans, some is private student loans, and some is credit card debt. They’re paying the minimum on their student loans, with the hope that these loans will be forgiven after 25 years. They’re also saving money in their retirement accounts.
Is this a terrible plan? Should they stop saving for retirement while they wipe out their student loans? If so, how can I convince them?