Category Investing

The Art of Wealth Preservation

OK, it looks like you made it to financial independence. Well done! You’ve spent the last decade or two with your spending locked down and your saving rate up at 50+%.  You’ve amassed a Freedom Fund worth 25x or more your annual spending.  That will probably be enough. This is sometimes known as “Fuck You Money”.  […]

Do you even know what’s going on in your pension?

Here’s a question for you: Who is responsible for your pension? Now, if you answered “errr, don’t know” or “my financial adviser” or “I think its an insurance company”, then that’s pretty normal.  But its the wrong answer. The correct answer is that YOU are responsible for your pension! I’ve noticed that even people who […]

There’s a major market crash coming…

Investment wise, 2017 was as calm as a mill pond. The stock market did not crash. There was no zombie apocalypse to speak of and The World continued a 4 billion year lucky streak by not ending. My stock picks delivered 13.5%…just beating the FTSE All Share index which gave a total return of 13.1%.  […]

What if you know nothing about investing?

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give a talk to the support staff at a company about their workplace pension choices…now that pension auto-enrollment is being introduced. Everyone there was female…other than one token male and The Escape Artist.  Some knew a lot about investing but most didn’t. And being women, they were […]

International investing is Easy

Whatever your views on the EU referendum, last week was a reminder of the value of international diversification. Despite the scary headlines, a UK based investor with a sensibly diversified portfolio would have ended the week richer (measured in £) than they started. Below is an updated post that I originally published last year.  It’s as […]

P2P Lending : A warning from The Richest Man in Babylon

Today’s post is from Arkad, who achieved financial independence over 6,000 years ago in the ancient city of Babylon. Arkad learned the ancient laws of money and, as a result, became The Richest Man in Babylon, the subject of the classic personal finance book of the same name. Now you may be wondering what relevance this […]

Cohort analysis for active investors

Warning!  This week’s article is geeky and technical. Like The Investor over at the excellent Monevator site, I invest actively via stockpicking. But most people are probably better off investing on autopilot, dripping money into index trackers each month and getting on with life. As I’ve said before, investing can be made really simple.  Cohort analysis for active […]

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