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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 just 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 […]

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, […]

One Thousand True Fans: internet economics and ethical monetisation

There’s a big shift going on in the internet economy. I’m talking about the move to direct business models where writers and creators get paid by the people that value their content. A thousand flowers will bloom. Independent content creators are thriving and new tools are springing up to help them. The gatekeepers are dying. […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 24

First they said it was just a one off “to flatten the curve”. Then they said that we would all get through it together. They said we should be patient… …but who knew it would go on this long?? Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise […]

The Elephant and The Rider

If you think that everyone uses logic for important decisions, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of confusion. Sure, we like to think of ourselves as logical creatures. But a quick look at history, evolution and physiology reveals this to be incomplete at best, misleading at worst. Consider the evolution of the human mind. We […]