Author Archives: The Escape Artist

The Ten Commandments of Index Investing

Cease thy sniggering heathens and pray silence at the back…for I bring you The Word of God. Right…I’m not religious myself but there is a school of thought that says that Western society is suffering from a God-shaped hole. People are disorientated, so the theory goes, by the lack of clear moral guidance. Most people […]

Financial independence

One step at a time

We know that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and that the second best time is now. So why not plant the tree today that will provide you with shade and shelter in 20 years time? But people sometimes fret about exactly how the tree will turn out. Which week will […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 25

Another day in lockdown…another Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! They said we should be patient… …but who knew it could go on this long?? Hopefully it’s almost over now. Yes…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, […]

Not wanting something is as good as having it

I’ve said before that there are two ways to improve your happiness. You can either get more or you can want less. Either way works. I’m not sure it matters which way is “best”. What I’m sure about is that wanting less is a whole lot cheaper than getting more. Consider the boundary case of […]

The Principles of Ethical Monetisation

In Part 1 we covered how the internet changed the economics of content creation. In Part 2, I cover The Principles Of Ethical Monetisation which are: Both the consumer and the producer should benefit from any transaction The producer should not sell things that don’t deserve to exist The consumer should not expect something for […]

One Thousand True Fans: internet economics and ethical monetisation

There’s a big shift going on in the internet economy. I’m talking about the move to direct business models where writers and creators get paid by the people that value their content. A thousand flowers will bloom. Independent content creators are thriving and new tools are springing up to help them. The gatekeepers are dying. […]

What I learned talking to Cal Newport

I like to think I know a thing or two about deep work, the creative process of things like writing, software coding or financial modelling. But then you speak to someone who is best in class and you realise how much more they know than you! On Monday I interviewed Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, A World […]

The problem with market timing

Wayne and Gary had the worst suits of any company management team I’d ever met. Wayne was the CEO and had a green suit and a mullet hairstyle. Gary was the CFO and had a brown suit. They mismanaged a loss-making internet company that, at its peak, was briefly valued by the stock market at ~£1 billion in the dotcom […]

I’m happy using electricity without understanding it

We often hear that you shouldn’t invest in something you don’t understand. And there is some truth in that. You should do your own research. But how much research to do? It’s probably less than you think. Perhaps less than you’ve done already? That’s because you don’t need to understand everything about investing to do it effectively. There are many […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 24

First they said it was just a one off “to flatten the curve”. Then they said that we would all get through it together. They said we should be patient… …but who knew it would go on this long?? Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise […]