If you were an alien visiting Earth (perhaps watching some TV adverts and looking inside suburban homes) you might conclude that middle class humans in The West prize comfort above all else….above passion, above achievement and certainly above freedom. Why else would people trade decades of their lives working for more cushions, curtains and sofas? […]

Investment wise, 2017 was as calm as a mill pond. The stock market did not crash. There was no zombie apocalypse to speak of and The World continued a 4 billion year lucky streak by not ending. My stock picks delivered 13.5%…just beating the FTSE All Share index which gave a total return of 13.1%.  […]

I mostly stick to personal finance around here…but occasionally we catch a glimpse of The Escape Artist’s secret environmental mission. So today we are talking about renewable energy in general…and electricity in particular. In the future, electricity will be cheaper.  And, as long as we don’t spend the money saved buying more crap, this will […]

Do you Remember Jason and Julie? They were the couple with the campervan who got to FI aged 43 and whose story I featured in Our Gap Year For Grown Ups. When the Daily Mail wrote about them in an article earlier this year, a troll-party kicked off in the comments section. A common theme was: […]

The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence. I know what you’re thinking…not another one.  Can’t he go back to writing stuff like The Simplicity Portfolio that’s better than you’d get […]

What has feminism got to do with financial independence? Well…quite a lot actually. The Escape Artist knows a lot of complicated shit about finance.  I don’t usually include it in my blogposts but today I’m gonna start with some advanced level stuff: All else being equal, a couple that both work are likely to earn more […]

I’m not going to soft soap this week’s message, which is that: Getting your financial shit together is an emergency. Generally, I don’t like the alarmism of the news media who grab our attention by revelling in reporting the latest miseries from all around the world…most of which we don’t need to know. The Escape […]

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