Do you remember when people were arguing bitterly over Brexit? Or debating transgender toilets and other such woke nonsense? That seems like an age ago now. There’s nothing quite like a pandemic or a zombie apocalypse to focus the mind and bring perspective to our first world problems. And tough times have the potential to bring […]

It’s always darkest just before the dawn. It may not feel like it but we are already through the most dangerous time. What do I mean by that? We are certainly not through the health impact of COVID-19. Nor are we through the economic aftershocks which are coming down the road towards us. These will […]

On a long enough timeline, your chances of getting wealthy are close to 100%. Wealth accumulation is the ultimate long game. If you stick with it for long enough, there are only 2 outcomes. One is that you get wealthy (compared to where you are now). The other is that the world as we know […]

Believe it or not, The Escape Artist comes from a Labour family. My earliest political memory was in May 1979 when I woke up one morning to an unusually grim atmosphere. I was told that something VERY BAD had happened and that someone called “Mrs Thatcher” was going to RUIN EVERYTHING. This was a worry […]

Let’s say you own a boat / caravan / painting that’s sat idle in your garage worth £10,000. You didn’t use it last year and it earned you nothing. But if you’d sold it and invested the cash in a global equities tracker fund, last year you’d have made £2,200 (22%). In a more average […]

Last week, there was a court ruling of huge significance for freedom of speech in the UK. Harry Miller (a former policeman) had retweeted a limerick and some other tweets about trans-gender issues.  The tweets were perfectly legal but were seen by someone (Mrs B) who decided to take offence and call the police as […]

As much as I like to like to encourage people to get better with money, I wouldn’t describe reaching financial independence as easy. Sure, it’s not like coal mining by hand or ploughing a field without a tractor. But society today has a way of offering us easy options. The problem with easy choices is […]