Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Get Rich Slowly, Get Started Quickly

Getting rich slowly is the safest way. Getting rich slowly is the most reliable way. It may be the only realistic way. Waiting to win the lottery is waiting to be chosen by a universe that’s indifferent to our existence. Day trading only makes the banks and brokers rich. Working at a startup is much better […]

Your % savings rate is the most important number

Originally published 2020, updated July 2021 I sometimes think that saving has a PR problem. Saving is often seen as something that’s a bit boring or something that you do when you are in fear (e.g. of losing your job). But saving is the foundation of your financial security. When you have a secure financial […]

The Essential Importance of Getting Your Stake Money Together

Not buying stuff is easy. It became my default mode years ago. I don’t identify as frugal…if I want something, I’ll buy it…it’s just that I don’t want more stuff. Generally, I don’t want the extra hassle involved. Everyone has a different view of what “enough” looks like. It’s all relative.  Is Bill Gates being […]

The 3 Flavours of Investment Risk

This post was first published in September 2019 and updated in December 2020. Most people think that investing in the stockmarket is dangerous. This is not really true. Catching Ebola is dangerous. Juggling chainsaws is dangerous. The stockmarket just contains some risks that you need to know about. And if you buy and hold a […]

Lessons from The Great Crypto Crash of May 2021

Last week I wrote about crypto and said it was in a bubble: Yes, this is a bubble. Yes, lots of punters will get rekt (as the lingo goes). Traders gonna trade and it’s not my job or your job to save them. It would have been good if my time machine had been working […]

What’s at the bottom of The Crypto Rabbit Hole? (Part 2)

In Part 1, I explained that I was late to crypto because what I saw at first glance (a speculative frenzy) had put me off. But I was wrong. Things get more and more interesting as you go further down the rabbit hole. Please bear in mind that I am not trying to persuade anyone […]

What’s at the bottom of The Crypto Rabbit Hole? (Part 1)

The $90 billion IPO of Coinbase last week was a landmark in finance. Coinbase is to cryptocurrencies what Paypal is to money transfer. Both are disruptive start ups that use the internet to simplify the process of handling money. Paypal links the legacy banking system to the email system. Coinbase links the legacy banking system to a crypto exchange […]

The Ten Commandments of Index Investing

In a society with a hole where religion used to be, maybe we need clearer guidance? Much of life is too complicated to be boiled down to just a few simple rules to follow. But it is possible to make investing clearer and simpler than the media and financial services industry have. So listen up […]

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. Now, in Part 2, we cover The Principles Of Ethical Monetisation: 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 nothing […]