This blog is written for grown-ups who know where babies come from. But it has been brought to my attention that not everyone knows where stockmarket returns come from.  So let’s put that right. 2019 was another stand-out year for stockmarket returns around the world. The chart below is in $ terms so the percentages […]

This is Part 3 in an occasional series. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It was the week before Christmas, it was 4.45 in the morning and my alarm was going off. Time to get up and go to work. What?!? Aren’t FI bloggers supposed to preach the benefits of loafing […]

“Doing The Work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts. At first, I wasn’t sure what it meant. They weren’t talking about coal mining, plumbing or accountancy…or other forms of paid work. No, they were talking about emotional work. Yes, that’s […]

As any parent knows, on a long drive the kids will eventually get bored and then start to whine ask: “ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET??” The longer the drive, the louder the question gets asked (and repeated). And, lets be honest, it’s a long road to go from nothing to financially independent. It takes about […]

In Get Rich with Retraining I explained that I’d enrolled on a part time Introduction to Counselling course at a local college. It’s an introductory course (the clue is in the name) and I don’t hold myself out as a qualified therapist, psychologist or Doctor Of The Internet. But the course is accredited by the […]

Some people on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material. What nonsense! If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 19?? Answer me that. Yes, The Escape Artist is back to review more […]

Imagine a black box. Your job is to earn and save as much money as you can. You put the cash saved into the black box…into your compounding machine. Once you put the cash inside the box and close the lid, the magic starts to happen. Inside the black box the most powerful force in […]