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The Value of Debt: How to Manage Both Sides of a Balance Sheet to Maximize Wealth

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Praise for "The Value of Debt"While most financial firms today are able to deliver integrated solutions, truly integrated financial advice remains a scarce commodity. With "The Value of Debt, " Tom Anderson takes an important, balanced, and clear step toward filling this void.
Lyle LaMothe, Senior Partner at Left Hand Logic, LLC; former Head of Merrill Lynch U.S. Wealth Man
ebook, 274 pages
Published May 9th 2014 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rayfes Mondal
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The strategies in this book are only applicable when you have significant money in a non-retirement brokerage account so it's quite different from other personal finance books that don't cover this.

Treat your personal finances like a company and use debt for leverage and flexibility. When you can borrow at low interest rates and generate a higher rate of return you're "capturing the spread" in a positive manner and coming out ahead. You need to wipe out any "bad" debt before you can use the stra
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Borrow at low interest - invest in assets - leverage to borrow and reap the benefits of borrowing against assets. All assumptions based on one has enough dough to begin with else its hard to replicate this model
Nathan Albright
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2020
This particular book has a couple of obvious agendas, and while I did not have a problem with either of them, it is worthwhile to discuss them openly so as to let the potential reader know if either of them are dealbreakers.  The first of these agendas is to promote a view of one's own personal balance sheet as if one was a company, seeking to use one's assets in order to have smart debt that reduces tax liability and that provides very low interest rates because the loans are themselves organiz ...more
Traven Teng Teck Poh Poh
Overall it's worth a read.

It's definitely not for everyone especially on the topic of debt.

I do like the idea that the author has emphasise a lot that this book is not for everyone.

But the key point is rather simple- It's always good to have a Strategic Debt Philosophy.
Not only that the author has clearly illustrated with many examples that it's really great to have debt as long as you can understand and manage it.

This may not be a common book that will be well liked by the public but if you're
Jonathan Birnbaum
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Author espouses a common-sense philosophy of intelligently using debt to structure your personal balance sheet, like how a CFO would for a corporation. While a bit repetitive, this wisdom is worth internalizing and remembering, as it can really impact your wealth through time. He recommends striving for a 25% debt ratio. 4 Indebted strenghts: increased liquidity, increased flexibility, increased leverage, increased survivability. Make sure you have an asset-backed lending facility in place, and ...more
Jeff Finn
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a unique perspective for leveraging debt to help maximize wealth. Many very intelligent business and community leaders make decisions in their personal finances that shy away from debt and fail to take advantage of the tools available. The author carefully describes the principles you need to utilize what he defines as "Indebted Strengths" and explains in very simple, easy to understand terms how to apply the innovative concepts to maximize your personal wealth, minimize your ...more
Brad Felix
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read on a topic not often covered by financial professionals: the optimal debt ratio for an individual. The author applies many of the same principles and theories of corporate finance to an individual's holistic wealth management strategy. He recommends a 25% debt ratio (total debt/total assets) as optimal. Asset backed loan facilities (ABLFs) and mortgage debt represent the primary ways to have a personal "line of credit". Mortgage debt is often the best line of credit because the intere ...more
Julio Cesar Nino
Get in Good Debt!!

I recommend this book to everyone!! It's helped me to understand how important a balance sheet is in my personal finance and accounting, my investments view of things has changed in a incredible ways
Chapter after chapter is full of goods and instructing on how to run your financial decisions.
Michael Roman
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Ideas I don't see elsewhere, but very repetitive book.
Best if you have at least enough after-tax investments to take advantage of an asset‐based loan facility, which is a main focus of his strategies.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
best book on the subject of wisely leveraging debt in personal wealth management. nothing out there is more comprehensive.
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