Category Investing

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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Get unstuck : The freeze response in finance

Why do so many people get “stuck” when trying to invest? And how can we get unstuck? Everyone is different, but a common thing I see in investing is that when people are anxious, they often “freeze”. They stop taking action and then get stuck.  In my financial coaching I help those people get unstuck. This may seem strange for all […]

What if Vanguard gets nuked?

As low cost index trackers become more and more popular, one question I often get during financial coaching is: What would happen to my money if Vanguard went bust? I worked in corporate finance and saw enough companies go bust to know that it’s a good question. And it’s worth sharing the answer with readers. But The Escape Artist doesn’t […]

Hey everybody! The Emperor is butt naked!

In Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes, two fund managers tailors promise an emperor a new suit of clothes made of the finest and most expensive fabric. They explain to the Emperor and his advisers that the fabric is invisible to people who are stupid and don’t understand tailoring. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in […]

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