Good Debt, Bad Debt

“Debt is one person's liability, but another person's asset.” -Paul Krugman, American Economist

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
Sunday, 17 February 2019

Good Debt, Bad Debt


We hear it all the time, everywhere, that Americans have too much debt. The debt of individuals 65 or older has risen 48% between 2003 and 2015.[i] The student loan debt hit $1.53 trillion in 2018.[ii] Americans now also have the highest credit-card debt in U.S. history with over $1 trillion owed.[iii] Considering that household debt hit a record high of $13.5 trillion[iv] you can see we are dragging a lot of debt around with us. What’s important to remember is that not all debt is created equal. In fact, some debt may be good. 

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