Using debt to grow rich

cash flow, Debt, Liabilities, possibility thinking

I had written two posts a few days back on the difference between debt and liability.

As a middle class person, the word debt has a lot of negative ideas. I have had so much credit card debt , housing loans etc. that the very idea of taking a loan or using a credit card is an absolute no-no.

Garrett Gunderson gave a very good explanation of debt versus liability which I explained in the posts earlier. I also wrote in those posts how I am trying to get my head around the ideas of utilising loans – loosely called debt to grow. I did understand the concept that if you are buying a productive asset, to buy that asset you will incur a liability. As long as your assets are more than your liabilities, its not debt. If you invest in productive assets and those assets generate cash to take care of the liability then there’s absolutely no problem.

I came across one video of Robert Kiyosaki – of Rich Dad Poor Dad fame – where he talks about how the rich actually love debt. But he makes a very clear distinction. They have teams who understand and manage the debt such that they are consistently extracting the maximum out of the asset to produce cash and pay off the debt.

This way they are able to grow their assets much faster. They then use the assets to generate more cash, pay of the liabilities / debt and start the cycle all over again. Since they now also have the asset, they are also able to use that asset as collateral to get more loans to expand further. If the assets are non-depreciating like real estate or intellectual property then its even better. What this gives the rich people is leverage to grow faster. it allows possibility thinking. Therefore the rich are growing richer.

This is something which I need to think of, because my middle class mindset is still a little sceptical. Robert also has a caveat to this theory. He is clear that its not ok for everyone to use debt because its a double edged sword. If you don’t have the guts to handle this kind of a double edged sword, then you should avoid debt at all costs.

Tell me your views on the topic in the comments section below. I will look forward to hearing from you.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Why you SHOULD buy a house

Financial Independence, Uncategorized

What a contradiction….

Last time I gave you all the reasons of why buying a house (in India especially) did not make sense.

I have a friend Sanjay, who almost 27 years back had given me a very nice philosophy, which I did not heed. But the older I have grown the more I have realised, his was a better thought process.

He used to say ‘ pehle dukaan phir makaan’.  For those of you who don’t understand Hindi, it means….if you have some money, first buy a shop (invest in a business), because once the business succeeds it will generate so much money that you can buy many more houses or larger houses.  The fundamental issue over here being that if you have money and can invest in a productive asset which can supplement your cashflow then building assets and creating wealth become even more easy.

A real life example of this was the landlord of our office in Gurgaon.  He had 7-8 properties which he had rented out to offices.  Each of those properties was getting him a passive income which he was utilising to buy even more properties and he did not need to work.

I would strongly recommend reading Robert Kiyosaki’s  book “Rich Dad Poor Dad”. It  talks of a similar philosophy where cash flow (passive income) is important if you want to create wealth.

So coming to the topic of this blog….you Should buy a house if you can give it on rent and get passive income. You Should buy a house in a locality where businesses and a young migrant population are growing.  From that income you could buy more houses.

Most young people in the technology and services industry today carry home huge bonuses if their company succeeds.  Utilise a portion of that money to put in an asset which can give you passive income.  Once the passive income starts you get the opportunity to start thinking in ways of growing your wealth.

Till next time then…think your way to financial freedom through Passive Income!!!