Author Archives: The Escape Artist

First things first : why you must get out of debt

One of the things that’s tricky interesting about writing about money is that we are all at different stages of a journey. The Sunday Times ran a feature on FIRE last week which reminded me just how long the journey can be. Getting free of debt is the first step towards financial independence and, paradoxically, […]

Predictions are a mug’s game…but let’s play anyway

As the old joke goes: it’s hard to make predictions…especially about the future. And generally, making predictions is unnecessary for good investing. That’s because index investing allows you to “piggy back” off the wisdom of crowds. As the smart money moves capital to growing businesses and growth areas of the economy, money in an index […]

How Game of Thrones won The Culture War

As you may have noticed, there’s been a war on recently. No I don’t mean Covid-19. I’m talking about The Culture War. In The Culture War, hostilities were never formally declared but, make no mistake, it’s a war alright. The entry from Wikipedia is as close as we can get to an official definition: …the […]

Ask The Experts : May 2020

What if you could ask a panel of THE WORLD’S LEADING FINANCIAL EXPERTS anything you wanted? Yes, that’s right…the smartest people on the planet…and you could ask them LITERALLY ANY QUESTION. That would be awesome, right? So I emailed all my subscribers to find out what questions they would like to ask a panel of […]

You can’t choose the cards, but you can always play the hand you’re dealt

There is something missing from the debate on Covid-19. As far as I can see, most of the news and related debate involves looking for someone to blame. China, Dominic Cummings, Donald Trump and the World Health Organisation all make excellent pantomime villains (the choice of which to blame depends largely on your political biases). […]

Light at the end of the tunnel

I had another chat with Pete Matthew from the excellent Meaningful Money in which I predict that we are not all doomed. The good thing about a prediction like that is that, if it later turns out you’re wrong, no one will care. 😉 Enjoy! I send out occasional emails out with my thoughts on […]

How The Magic Money Tree works

One of the reasons I write this blog is because much of The News consists of a crock of shit scaremongering…especially when it comes to money and finance. There are many things that the news media tries to scare us about. This is why no news is good news. I’m not saying they should only […]