The Value of Debt in Building Wealth: Creating Your Glide Path to a Healthy Financial L.I.F.E.

The Value of Debt in Building Wealth: Creating Your Glide Path to a Healthy Financial L.I.F.E.

by Thomas J. Anderson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119049296
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/06/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,279,222
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

THOMAS J. ANDERSON is founder and CEO of Supernova Companies, a financial technology company providing a comprehensive platform focused on managing both sides of an individual's balance sheet. A nationally renowned financial planning expert, he is author of The Value of Debt, which made the bestseller list at The New York Times and USA Today.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

About the Author xix

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1: The Traditional Glide Path 1

In a Perfect World, No Debt! But Our World Isn’t Perfect 2

You Owe a Debt to Your Future Self 3

Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle 4

Companies Embrace Balance 5

The Power of Savings 6

A New Glide Path: Debt Adds Value 8

Finding Your Glide Path 11

The Need for Specific, Actionable Advice 12

Endnotes 14

Chapter 2: Foundational Facts 17

All Debt Is Not Equal: Oppressive, Working, and Enriching Debt 18

Paying Down Debt Gives You a Return Equal to Your After-Tax Cost of That Debt 20

Sh∗t Happens—Value Liquidity 20

Yes, You Can—Save 24

Compounding Matters—For the Upside and the Downside 26

The Past Is the Past; Focus on the Future 29

Behavioral Economics Matters 30

Endnotes 31

Chapter 3: A Balanced Path to L.I.F.E. 33

Phase 1: Launch! 37

Phase 2: Independence 51

Endnotes 62

Chapter 4: Freedom and Equilibrium 65

Phase 3: Freedom 66

Phase 4: Equilibrium 76

Bonus Phase: No Debt! 80

Endnotes 82

Chapter 5: The Other Side of the Balance Sheet 85

The Probability of an 8 Percent Rate of Return Is Zero 86

Risk, Return, and Diversification 87

What about Interest Rates and Cost of Debt? 95

What about One of Your Biggest Assets? Your House 97

Three Buckets of Money 99

Risk Matters—The Risk of Time 105

Factoring Leverage into Returns 107

Debt as an Integrated Part of Your Investment Philosophy 109

Endnotes 110

Chapter 6: Proof of the Value of Debt 113

The Big Picture—Debt Can Be Valuable 115

Children and College Savings 127

Interest Rates and Debt Service CoverageRatios 128

Endnotes 128

Chapter 7: Conclusion 131

Taking a Stand Against Conventional Wisdom 132

Endnotes 137

Appendix A: Phi Phound Me 139

Inspiration Arrived 140

Not Perfect Makes Perfect 142

Applying the Fibonacci Sequence 142

From 13 to 8 148

From 8 to 5 150

Super Cool Math 151

Endnotes 154

Appendix B: Understanding the Power of Securities-Based Lending 155

Case Study 156

The Power of Securities-Based Lending 159

First Bank of Mom and Dad 162

Endnotes 163

Appendix C: Home Purchase and Financing Considerations 165

Don’t Rush to Buy a House 166

When Home Ownership Can Go Wrong 168

Save Yourself the Anguish 169

Be Careful! 170

All Mortgages Are Not Created Equal 171

Owning Can Be Great 175

Endnotes 176

Appendix D: The Millennial’s Guide to Debt and Getting Started 179

Saddled by Student Loans 180

The Best Budget: Spend Less Than You Make 182

Debt-to-Income Ratios 185

Pulling These Concepts Together 188

Endnotes 188

Appendix E: The Math Behind the Examples 191

Chapter 1: The Nadas, Steadys, and Radicals 193

Chapters 3 and 4: Brandon and Teresa 199

Higher Income 210

Endnotes 216

Glossary 219

Resource Guide 225

Bibliography 231

Suggested Reading 233

Index 235

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