Recently, I wrote about what I think is a common misconception, in that a long-term rental must meet the 2% rule to be a good investment. I think another misconception is that all debt is bad, and must be avoided at all costs. Many people will tell you stay away from debt at all costs, while others will say good debt is okay but stay away from bad debt. Most people define bad debt as debt that uses depreciating assets or no assets as collateral. Car loans, credit cards, student loans, retail goods like TVs, furniture, exercise equipment all would classify as bad debt. My personal philosophy; I don’t care what is used as collateral, if I can use debt to invest and make me a higher return than the debt costs me – I will.