For many people, homeownership is a major life goal, and they spend years saving to purchase their first home. But should owning a home come at the expense of other financial goals, like saving for retirement?
The answer is no. But a January 2017 Bankrate survey found that, in fact, more than one in three mortgages has a major impact on the borrower’s ability to save. And that may mean they spent too much on their house and their mortgage payments are too high.
If the 2008 financial crisis taught us anything, it’sthat a home should not be viewed solely as an investment that will always appreciate in value. Nor should it be regarded as a retirement asset. A home is an illiquid asset that you live in, and like any other investment, it can increase and decrease in value. And even if it does appreciate in value, you can only realize that gain if you sell it at the right time for the right price.
So, if you are in the market for a home, here are some guidelines to follow as you navigate the homebuying process to guard against your home being a barrier between you and a comfortable retirement.
stock trading for beginners: Enerplus Corporation(ERF)
- [By Money Morning News Team]
Enerplus Corp. (NYSE: ERF) is a $2.1 billion oil company based in Calgary and trades on both the NYSE and Toronto Stock Exchange. ERF primarily produces crude oil in the Bakken fields in North Dakota and Western Canada.
stock trading for beginners: Nord Anglia Education, Inc.(NORD)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Nord Anglia Education Inc (NASDAQ: NORD) shares shot up 19 percent to $32.83 after the company agreed to be acquired for $32.50 per share in cash.
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Monday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international school stock Nord Anglia Education Inc (NYSE: NORD):
stock trading for beginners: CVR Refining, LP(CVRR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of CVR Refining LP (NYSE: CVRR) were down 11 percent to $10.00. Velocity Midstream Partners and CVR Refining disclosed the execution of agreements related to the construction of a crude oil pipeline from the SCOOP play in Central Oklahoma to CVR's Wynnewood refinery.
- [By Tyler Crowe]
For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.
Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013 Valero (NYSE: VLO ) $12.27 $9.26 Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX ) $13.67 $9.88 HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC ) $24.00 $20.28 CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR ) $28.08 $20.30
Source: Company Earnings releases
- [By Robert Rapier]
CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.
stock trading for beginners: Tarena International, Inc.(TEDU)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Tarena International Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: TEDU) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $39.35 million.
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (NASDAQ: ITRN) is projected to post earnings for the recent quarter.