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I hereby declare this pandemic over!

As any minor member of the Royal Family knows, leisure centres in provincial towns do not just open themselves. Nope, someone has to step up to cut the ribbon and unveil the plaque. Its a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Somehow we need to celebrate the event, however small. Similarly, someone needs to […]

Predictions are a mug’s game…but let’s play anyway

As the old joke goes: it’s hard to make predictions…especially about the future. And generally, making predictions is unnecessary for good investing. That’s because index investing allows you to “piggy back” off the wisdom of crowds. As the smart money moves capital to growing businesses and growth areas of the economy, money in an index […]

How Game of Thrones won The Culture War

As you may have noticed, there’s been a war on recently. No I don’t mean Covid-19. 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 […]

Ask The Experts : May 2020

What if you could ask a panel of THE WORLD’S LEADING FINANCIAL EXPERTS anything you wanted? Yes, that’s right…the smartest people on the planet…and you could ask them LITERALLY ANY QUESTION. That would be awesome, right? So I emailed all my subscribers to find out what questions they would like to ask a panel of […]

Light at the end of the tunnel

I had another chat with Pete Matthew from the excellent 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 […]

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 […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 20

I was chatting to a friend who reads this blog. She told me that she reads every article…except “those stupid music ones”…please could I stop doing those? Being a Nice Guy, I said I’d think about it. So I thought about it…and here we are. Yes, The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs […]


Believe it or not, The Escape Artist comes from a Labour family. My earliest political memory was in May 1979 when I woke up one morning to an unusually grim atmosphere. I was told that something VERY BAD had happened and that someone called “Mrs Thatcher” was going to RUIN EVERYTHING. This was a worry […]

Go Woke, Go Broke

There are no guarantees in life. But here’s something that’s as close to a guarantee as you will find in the whole field of personal finance: If you see yourself as a helpless victim, if you give up, if you quit the game…then you will not get rich. Unfortunately there is a belief system that encourages […]