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Budgeting and Financial Planning

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before You Retire?

Rodney Brooks
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September 18, 2023

Some 44% of homeowners ages 60 to 70 carry a mortgage with them into retirement, according to mortgage banker American Financing.

Is that a smart financial move? The decision of whether to pay off your mortgage before retirement should hinge on how much you've saved for retirement, your cash flow and how your investment accounts are performing.

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Authored By Rodney A. Brooks


TRAFOTFBThe author tells the history of the Freedman’s Savings Bank, how it grew much too quickly, why it failed and the impact on Black America. The Freedman’s Bank offered a safe depository for formerly enslaved people, expanded quickly and gained millions in deposits – mostly ranging from $5 to $50. But inexperience and corruption doomed it to failure, costing may of the small depositors their savings.

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Opportunities to Meet the Author & Book Signings
 
NABJ Author’s Showcase
Thursday, August 1, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

National Association of Black Journalists Convention
Hilton Chicago
720 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

 

 

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“Rodney A. Brooks’ ‘Fixing the Racial Wealth Gap’ is one of the best written and most prescriptive books I’ve read on this prickly subject. Using powerful stats, stories and insightful wisdom, it is written from the heart, mind, body and spirit … plus years of research and thought as a mainstream journalist, Fixing the Racial Wealth Gap is revealing, humorous, instructive and sobering.” – Dr. George C. Fraser

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