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  • Report this Comment On June 05, 2012, at 7:26 PM, TMFDarwood11 wrote:

    I'm going to take the tack that an education is an investment. In fact, it's investment number 1.

    Investing question number 1: If you go into debt for a college degree, that's an investment in your future. You are taking a risk and the money you put on that credit card to buy beer, or books, will compound over years if you don't promptly pay it back and will reduce your future net worth. The question to ask is "Will the economy need the skills I have gained, when I graduate?"

    Investing question number 2: Ask what is "net worth." if you don't know and you've spent four, five, six or more years in college getting an "education" you should know that you today have a negative net worth, unless someone else paid for your education. So the question to ask is "How much to I need to generate from my education each year, so that I can achieve a positive net worth, invest that net worth and achieve my goals at the age of 60?"

    Investing question number 3. You have at most 40 years to build your wealth and each and every year is significant. If you have a negative net worth at the age of 40, what makes you think that some quick advice will get you caught up? It will take a change in modus operandi to get where you expect to go. So the question to ask is: "What am I doing that isn't working?"

    Fool on!

  • Report this Comment On June 06, 2012, at 1:19 AM, maazzoo69 wrote:

    This discussion was fantastic!!!

    and Darwood11, your points are very significant!. It will be nice to have them shared within high school students.

    Fool on!

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