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The more runway you have, the safer you are

My Dad once learned how to fly a microlight, a flying contraption that looks like a bit like a hang glider attached to a lawnmower. It’s probably not the safest hobby you could choose. He learned to fly this thing at a rustic airstrip which, by all accounts, was just a grass field with a hedge […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 29

One of the oddest things about the cultural mood over the last few years is that, putting substance aside, it has encouraged a weird sort of humourlessness on the internet about everything, in a way that removes all fun, colour and energy. Not on my watch though. Being able to laugh at yourself and all […]

Get Rich Without Recipes

Would you like to hear something shocking and sacrilegious? Okay…today I am going to make the case against the much loved institutions of recipes, cookbooks and celebrity chefs. Yes, I realise how popular celebrity cookbooks are. And yes, maybe Nigella Lawson was hot in her day? Maybe Jamie Oliver really is a diamond geezer? Maybe Ainsley […]

Financial freedom

The Hook

The idea of quitting work and never working again is “The Hook” of financial independence.  It’s the thing that first captures people’s attention. How do we know this? Well, it’s always the thing that the mainstream media focus on when they feature financial independence.  The Media know they have to lead with something that catches people’s […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 28

Opinion is divided on the Now That’s What I Call FI! series. Some say it became shit as time went on and The Escape Artist increasingly looked to have exhausted his musical repetoire. Others disagree, saying that it was always shit. But those same people would probably have criticised Michelangelo’s paintwork on the ceiling of […]

We Are Gonna Make It

Where were you 10 years ago? What were you doing? Were you thinking about investing then? How confident were you feeling? I remember 2011 well. Europe’s government debt crisis was in the news. At the time, I was unblocking the toilets of the financial system (this was before Key Workers were even a thing). I was […]

You’re only as strong as your weakest link

Most people think personal finance is about choosing between bank accounts. Or different insurance products. Or collecting reward points and 10% off coupons at their supermarket. That stuff is mostly irrelevant. This begs a question: why does most personal finance content bear no relationship to what actually works for building wealth? What matters is getting […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 27

First they said it was just a one off “to flatten the curve”. We should be patient, they said. Just one more time, they said. They’re taking the piss now. Enough is enough. Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise of a music critic from the […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 26

It’s hard to write about money because everyone is in a different place with different circumstances. The last year or so has been tough for many…especially the young. As I see my kids grow up, I’m reminded of the struggles that younger people go through. I got lucky in many ways. But it’s never easy. […]

Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 25

Another day in lockdown…another Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! They said we should be patient… …but who knew it could go on this long?? Hopefully it’s almost over now. Yes…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, […]