I have a P&I mortgage on my PPOR of $160k as well as $160k sitting in my offset account. I’m familiar with the concept of debt recycling but I haven’t done it myself yet. Would it make sense to pay down the entire mortgage with the money in the offset account and then access that equity with a LOC to invest in stocks (index fund)? The interest rates on LOC at commonwealth bank is around 5% which makes this strategy a bit iffy. If interest rates were lower this would make a lot more sense given a 7% return on an index. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone :)Richard TaylorParticipant@qlds007Join Date: 2003Post Count: 12,024
Yes it makes sense assuming you dont require access to the cash funds.
You could always do say 100K interest only with 100K in the offset and a secondary loan split for the rest.
In saying that CBA would have to be one of the least attractive lender for such a strategy.
We do a lot of debt recycling for clients and would never use CBA for a variety of reasons.
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It wouldn’t make sense to use a LOC. The existing loan could be utlised and tax deductibility achieved if done right
What do you mean when you say existing loan? I thought tax deductibility can only be achieved on debt used to secure income producing assets. Can you clarify this?
With debt recycling you pay down debt and then reborrow again, usually using the same loan.
Yes you can only claim interest on money borrowed to acquire, or improve, an income producing asset.
Yes so in the example above, I pay down the entire $160k mortgage and then reborrow than same amount via a LOC to invest in stocks. Not sure why you say it wouldn’t make sense to use a LOC. Is it because of the high interest rate? What do you mean when say ‘usually using the same loan’?
The rates on LOCs are generally very high and the term is generally at call.
You can use a term loan just like a LOC.
An alternative might be to use the LOC and then convert it to a term loan once fully used.
Get some tax adviceColin RiceParticipant@fmsJoin Date: 2011Post Count: 338
Would it make sense to pay down the entire mortgage with the money in the offset account and then access that equity with a LOC to invest in stocks
If you are intending to remain in the property as an owner-occupier then it makes sense as you are converting (recycling) non-deductable debt to deductible debt.
You don’t need a LOC as per the reasons mentioned above and a term loan will work as long as you pay the debt down and then redraw the funds back into offset.
In this case, is there a difference between an equity loan and a term loan? Would an equity loan work as well as term loan in this situation?
A LOC is generally at call and the limit can be cancelled.
A term loan is generally for 30 years. There are differences in serviceability assessements too.
One could work as well as the other, but one could also be better than the other. This is something you need credit advice on as it will different from lender to lender. I haven’t written a LOC loan as a broker in over 10 years, except for the $10k minimum with AMP