One of the things I love about running is its simplicity. You don’t need fancy equipment…or any shit other than some trainers.  You can’t buy fitness or pay someone else to do the work for you. There are no gatekeepers and you don’t need anyone else’s permission. But The Escape Artist has a guilty secret…for […]

Back in July 2015, I published The Simplicity Portfolio as my free gift to The People of Britain. And what a gift it turned out to be! In its first year, the Simplicity Portfolio delivered a total return of +12.5% for the version that included 25% cash and +16.3% for the all-equities version. Heroically, The Escape Artist managed this without […]

The Escape Artist has heard many fears expressed about financial independence. One is the understandable fear of eating into your savings.  This often manifests itself in long and boring debates about the Safe Withdrawal Rate. People say things like: “It feels wrong to spend investment income / gains on living expenses…what if I eat into my capital […]

“Doing the work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts, like The 4 Hour Work Week. Initially, I wasn’t sure exactly what it meant. Was this some New Age, hippy bullshit? There was something curious about this phrase, at least to my (British, male) ears. […]

A couple of weeks ago, I was on holiday with my family in France. Not St Tropez on a superyacht, mind you, we were staying in the cheap bit of the Mediterranean coast, to the west. I could say that it was a well earned holiday and I was recovering from a grueling schedule of […]

Reader’s voice: What’s that sound that I hear? Is someone scraping the bottom of a barrel?  Is it a dead horse being flogged? or old jokes being processed in a recycling facility? No…its Now That’s What I call Financial Independence 5! The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed […]

A couple of weeks ago I offered some advice to Tim in Apply Own Oxygen Mask before Helping Others. And I wouldn’t change anything that I wrote in the article. But I’ve just finished reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams (creator of the classic Dilbert cartoons) and I think it’s worth […]

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