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I think my smartest investment was to cancel an endowment policy I had been investing in for a couple of years and divert my regular payments into an index-tracking fund within an ISA.

DE, London

The Fool responds: we think you could be right. Endowments can be very expensive investments that take years just to break even. If this change in your investment is tied to a mortgage, you stand a good chance of having your home paid for a fair bit sooner.

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