Here's a simple illustration:
Home Value = $350,000 Mortgage balance = $150,000
Investments = 100,000 Credit cards = 20,000
Auto = 45,000 Auto loans = 30,000
Savings = 15,000 Bank loan = 4,000
You Own = $510,000 You Owe = $204,000
Therefore, your net worth would be $306,000.
In our example, you have $204,000 of debt. If you're like most people, you pay less attention to the mortgage and car loan balances because you consider them to be rather normal (necessary) to your way of life.
The credit card companies are probably charging somewhere between 12 to 18 percent (forget those slick, short-lived introductory teasers) and the bank loan is probably around 6 percent.