Accountant Peter knows that to grow a business, you have to take on debt. But can he apply that same logic to his personal finances? He tells Claer how he is tempted to take out a bigger mortgage against his London flat and invest that money in a buy-to-let property - or even in the stock market. Has he come up with a brilliant shortcut to making some extra money, or is his plan to leverage up a recipe for disaster? Personal finance expert and FT columnist Jason Butler stresses that debt is no shortcut to wealth, while the FT’s European economics commentator Martin Sandbu looks at recent consumer debt trends.

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Further reading

Here’s our Money Clinic episode on how to get out of problem debt, and here’s the one about whether it's a good idea to pay off credit cards 

Follow Martin on Twitter and check out his book, The Economics of Belonging

Jason’s FT columns are available here. You can follow him on twitter and instagram and be sure to checkout his podcast

Jason recommends reading John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Great Crash 1929 and watching Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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