Author Archives: The Escape Artist

You are either spiralling up or you are spiralling down

You are probably familiar with the J curve of exponential growth by now. You hopefully already know the story of Kate who turns £15,000 into just over £1 million…without saving another penny after the age of 25. True, inflation means that a million pounds isn’t worth as much as it used to be.  But still…not too shabby. You can check […]

Get Rich without Bureaucracy

If you want to escape The Prison Camp, there are 2 things you need to know about bureaucracy. Firstly, sometimes you just have to follow the rules. Some things are non-negotiable for us. This is Lesson 1 and most of us learn this at school. For example, when you apply for a passport, you need to […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 31

It has been brought to my attention that most people don’t read “the stupid music ones”. Which is a shame because The Stupid Music Ones contain some of my best work. Come with me as we decipher the musical mysteries not just of finance but also Life, The Universe And Everything. Yes, that’s right…The Escape […]

Life Is A Positive Sum Game

When I was starting my blog seven years ago, I noticed other blogs had small print at the bottom of the page that said: © [Insert name of blogger]. All Rights Reserved I then consulted a book about blogging which also said I needed to include that legal wording. And yet I didn’t. Take a look…it’s […]

Web 3.0 Is Coming For Web 2.0

The internet was originally a network of military / government / academic computers. Web 1.0 was based on open protocols: the web was built on the HTTP protocol and email was built on SMTP.  These were the platforms on which website designers and other developers built. The problem for us was that Web 1.0 was mostly static webpages […]

The more runway you have, the safer you are

My Dad once learned how to fly a microlight, a flying contraption that looks like a bit like a hang glider attached to a lawnmower. It’s probably not the safest hobby you could choose. He learned to fly this thing at a rustic airstrip which, by all accounts, was just a grass field with a hedge […]

Crypto : From Evil Criminal Network to Sensible Investment in just 18 months

It’s amazing how quickly the media narrative shifts. Crypto has gone from being portrayed as the payments network for SPECTRE Criminal Enterprises Inc. to sensible investment in just 18 months. If the speed of this change seems crazy to you, you’re not alone. Everything is speeding up One of the reasons that everything seems crazy these days […]

Financial freedom

What if never needing to work again was just The Hook?

I think of quitting work and never working again as “The Hook” of financial independence.  It’s the thing that first captures people’s attention. How do we know this? Well, it’s always the thing that the mainstream media focus on when they feature financial independence. The Media know they have to lead with something that catches people’s […]

We Are Gonna Make It

Where were you 10 years ago? What were you doing? Were you thinking about investing then? How confident were you feeling? I remember 2011 well. Europe’s government debt crisis was in the news. At the time, I was unblocking the toilets of the financial system (this was before Key Workers were even a thing). I was […]

Investing made simple with a global tracker fund

This post was updated in August 2021 If you want financial freedom, then you want your money to do its share of the hard work. Your money can end up making more money than you…but first you need to get started with investing. When you buy into the stockmarket, you are buying into human progress, […]