Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Here’s what’s in it for you…right now

As I may have mentioned before, the benefits of financial independence lie in the journey as much as the destination. If financial independence were all about the destination, then lottery winners would all be happy, well adjusted people. But very often they are not.Β  About one third of lottery jackpot winners end up bankrupt. People […]

Milestones on The Path

Have you ever been for a long hike in the mountains? Imagine the scene. You are at the start of The Path. The air is clean, you are surrounded by the beauty of nature. You have a long days hiking in front of you but its do-able: you know that other people have done it […]

Living low cost in a high cost city

For me, the test of a good personal finance blog is whether it delivers useful and actionable information. The readers can then decide for themselves how that information fits into their own life and to how / whether to action that information.Β That’s because this blog is for grown ups, capable of making their own minds […]

Getting Rich with The Military

It’s no accident that I chose a military theme for this website. When you are fighting a war, the stakes are too high for political correctness, waffle and wishful thinking. So there’s a directness about the military that I’ve always admired. But there’s much more to it than that. The military mindset combines discipline and […]

How to own The World (and how to move it)

I already told you guys how to own the world…you just buy something like the Vanguard Global All Cap Index Fund via an online broker (also known as a platform). Why a global equities tracker fund? Because you then own shares in all the big companies in the world, you are diversified geographically and the […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 17

Last week I was interviewed on a local community radio station. I’ve done interviews before so I was ready for most of the questions. But there was one question I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t prepared for the DJ (the lovely Melissa) asking me what songs she should play? How awesome is that?! But what songs […]

Why capitalism is better for your dog than communism

I was interviewed last week by someone researching the financial independence movement. I was surprised when they asked me if I agreed that FIRE is an anti-capitalism movement? No! I think he may have had his terms muddled up. When thinking about this stuff you need to understand the 4 Cs: Capitalism Consumerism Corporatism Communism […]