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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

There’s nothing like an early taste of poverty for instilling a lifelong appreciation of money and financial freedom. My parents stretched themselves with a big mortgage to get up the housing ladder in 1981, just before interest rates went to 17%. Ouch! As a result, holidays and newspapers got cancelled and belts had to be […]

It’s good to talk

Isn’t it weird how people steer clear of talking about money when it’s so important in the modern world? One of the reasons I started writing a blog was to encourage more openness around the subject of money, traditionally a taboo subject in conversations in polite society in the UK. Why the taboo? Well, personal […]

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth

I sometimes think I should teach a course on how to create a popular blog that goes viral and conquers the world. I would offer The Escape Artist as an example of how not to do it. That’s because The Escape Artist blog remains obscure …let’s be generous…mostly undiscovered. In terms of changing the world, […]

What have we learned in 2020?

Reflecting back on investment / money / life lessons learned so far in 2020 in this interview with Andy Hart on The Maven Money podcast.

Price is what you pay, value is what you get

Imagine that Bill and Ted have gone trekking in a remote corner of the Death Valley National Park in the USA. They’ve been backwoods camping and were carrying all their own food, tents and equipment. Unfortunately some coyotes stole all their stuff a couple of days ago and its taken 2 days to walk back […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 21

On the internet, I recently stumbled across another blogger who had taken a list of pop songs and flogged them like a dead horse reviewed them for FI messages. This reminded me of something I heard Andy Hart (of the excellent Maven Money podcast) say: When you steal an idea from me, you’re stealing twice. […]

How Game of Thrones won The Culture War

As you may have noticed, there’s been a war on recently. I’m talking about The Culture War. In The Culture War, hostilities were never formally declared but, make no mistake, it’s a war alright. The entry from Wikipedia is as close as we can get to an official definition: …the term “culture war” may imply […]

Light at the end of the tunnel

I had another chat with Pete Matthew from Meaningful Money in which I predict that we are not all doomed. The good thing about a prediction like that is that, if it later turns out you’re wrong, no one will care. 😉 Enjoy! I send out occasional emails out with my thoughts on investing and […]

How The Magic Money Tree works

One of the reasons I write this blog is because much of The News consists of a crock of shit scaremongering…especially when it comes to money and finance. There are many things that the news media tries to scare us about. This is why no news is good news. I’m not saying they should only […]

Get rich…in Monk Mode

Now is the perfect time to experience what I call Monk Mode. In Monk Mode you work, you think and you rest. Then you repeat. In Monk Mode you spend NO MONEY other than needed for food and utilities. Millions of people are currently discovering some version of Monk Mode for the first time. For […]