Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Building Blocks of a Wealthy Society: #2 Democracy

In Part 1 of this series I explained that The Escape Artist is not a self-made man. There’s that old saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. A society becomes wealthy when the following building blocks are in place: Free speech Democracy Free markets Free […]

That stuff is money!…selling on Ebay for fun and profits

When we last moved, we looked round a number of houses. We saw many different styles, layouts and interiors. But there was one feature which most had in common: they had a room that you couldn’t go into. It wasn’t a secret: the sellers / agents were happy to show us the room…its just that […]

Translating financial independence from American to British

There are so many great US books and blogs about financial independence that you may want a guide to help you translate American into British. I’ve done 2 versions: the short version and the long version. Here’s the short version: 1. Ignore the healthcare stuff 2. Ignore the travel hacks 3. VTSAX => VRXXB 4. […]

The Ice Sculpture, The Turkey and The Rollercoaster

Back in 2014, I wrote a blogpost called The Ice Sculpture and The Turkey that talked about the risks of investing (and the risks of not investing). I was reminded of this when discussing risk recently with Andy Hart from The Maven Money podcast. You can watch our discussion on investing here: You can boil […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 18

Some on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material. What nonsense! If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 18?? Answer me that. Yes, The Escape Artist is back once […]

The Beauty of Minimalism

  We are buying things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t even know  Josh from The Minimalists At last! I finally got round to watching the film “Minimalism” on Netflix which features Josh and Ryan aka The Minimalists. I loved the film and I’m fascinated by the overlap […]

Getting Rich…with Property

There are 2 main asset classes that work for long term wealth-building. One is the stockmarket and the other is property. Everyone has a different take on these and you are allowed to have your own views. My own view is that the (unleveraged) returns from the stockmarket have historically been better than the returns […]