Debt Transfer Flagstaff AZ

A financial expert explains why a young graduate should be careful about transferring his college loan debt to his credit card.

John Stephens
TCI Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(928) 226-0868
150 W. Dale, Suite 1
Flagstaff, AZ
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Entrepreneurs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA, MD

Mr. R. Michael Alvey, CFP®
(928) 637-6446
901 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ
Firm
Aspen Financial Strategies, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Ms. Keith Todhunter-Schaafsma, CFP®
(928) 774-9598
809 W Riordan
Flagstaff, AZ
Firm
Ascendant Financial Solutions
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management

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Wells Fargo - East Flagstaff
(928) 556-9872
2625 N 4Th St
Flagstaff, AZ
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-04:00 PM
Sun Closed

Chase Bank
(928) 779-7351
4830 N Hwy 89
Flagstaff, AZ
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:8:30-5:00
Tues:8:30-5:00
Wed:8:30-5:00
Thurs:8:30-5:00
Fri:8:30-6:00
Sat:9:00-1:00
Sun:closed

Mr. Theodore Dwyer, CFP®
(928) 774-7679
2615 N 4th St
Flagstaff, AZ
Firm
Dwyer Financial
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Mark E. Frank, CFP®
(928) 774-4766
1016 W University Ave Ste 105
Flagstaff, AZ
Firm
Edward Jones
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Thomas R. Pahler, CFP®
(928) 606-5172
1094 N Conifer Rd
Flagstaff, AZ
Firm
TRP Financial

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Wells Fargo - Flagstaff Mall
(928) 526-7709
4650 N Hwy 89 D3
Flagstaff, AZ
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM-07:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sun Closed

Bank of America - Flagstaff Mall Branch
(928) 526-2574
4550 N Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Multi-Check Deposit, Drive Up, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-1
Sunday Closed

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Debt Transfer

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Dear YOUNG MONEY,

Of the many student loans I have, two of them are private TERI loans, currently at 8.25% with no cap. They total about $17,500. One of my credit cards is having a balance transfer promotion of 3.99% for life. It also will charge me $75 to do this transaction, but I figure it's a small price to pay for the savings in interest. I have an $18,600 limit on the card, and so if I transferred this balance I would just about max out the card. Of course, I would use another card for future purchases until this balance is paid off.

What do you think about this decision? Does interest accrue differently on credit cards, and in such a way that may work to my disadvantage here?

 

Thanks so much!

Brian

 

Dear Brian,

 

Thank you for reading Young Money and thank you for the email.

 

Initially this could look like a no-brainer but watch out! This could be a big financial mistake. I know the lower rate seems attractive but credit cards accrue interest on outstanding balances daily. I would guess, without seeing your loan paperwork, that your student loan is a simple interest loan. In fact, with your student loan you have options for deferment and payment of interest only if you are still in school. With a credit card you would have only one option, pay the monthly minimum payment every month or face a default penalty interest rate, and damaged credit. ...


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