Debt and deficits
A deficit is a difference between income and expenditure where spending is higher than income. Once you have a deficit, it means you have to borrow to cover it. This situation leads to debt. Governments borrow by selling securities to the public.
I believe that there is good debt and bad debt. There are many journals on this topic. One writer says debt is not the problem and the next predicts that debt will ruin civilization (Hanson, 2006). Common sense is you spend what you have and save the rest. However, this is not normally the case all the time. Many people who do well with money have something in common: they know what they want (Gerber, 2012). It all matters with why you have a deficit and opting for a debt. Good debt is one that is a sensible investment in your future. It will leave you better financially in the long run. Taking a student loan, investing in business, getting a mortgage or buying a car that will bring income is good debt. Purchasing a luxurious house, purchase an extra car or borrowing to meet day to day expenses is bad debt.
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Hanson, J. (2006). Good Debt, Bad Debt: Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Financial Life. Jon Hanson.