23 days ago
Finance has a reputation for making some concepts harder to understand than they should be, and sometimes that is intentional or semi-intentional. One of them: leverage. t.co/js3QdUpkmD
Leverage is a useful tool. Debt makes the world go round, in a lot of ways. Leverage also increases risk. This often means that leverage will be made out to be the bad guy in any of a variety of unfortunate scenarios for financial institutions.
I think tools and simple math are generally pretty morally neutral, but am greatly in favor of teaching people about the predictable consequences of using tools under a variety of scenarios, and not treating simple math as the secret knowledge of a secular priesthood.