Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Sweat Those Assets!

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 […]

Free speech should be for everyone, not just for The Rich

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 […]

The Compound Advantages of Hard Choices

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 […]

What Gets Measured, Gets Managed (Part 2)

This article is about applying insights from one area of life (diet, nutrition) to another (spending and personal finance).  In places, I will spell out the analogy….at other times I will leave you to join the dots. But trust me, the dots are always there… Winter is a dangerous time for comfort eating and I […]

Go Woke, Go Broke

There are no guarantees in life. But here’s something that’s as close to a guarantee as you will find in the whole field of personal finance: If you see yourself as a helpless victim, if you give up, if you quit the game…then you will not get rich. Unfortunately there is a belief system that encourages […]

Get Rich with…cooling off periods

Imagine a 5 year old in a toy shop. The 5 year old sees a magic frog or a lightsabre or a pink princess doll. They are hit as if by a lightning bolt and are instantly in love. THEY GOTTA HAVE THAT SHIT AND THEY GOTTA HAVE IT NOW!! The child senses that Mum […]

No News is Good News! (Part 2)

In No News is Good News! (Part 1), I explained why a few years ago I stopped reading newspapers or watching the News on TV. And, for a period of several years, I achieved a blissful state where I managed to tune out politics, overseas wars, natural disasters, celebrity gossip, astrology, football and trends in […]