A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give a talk to the support staff at a company about their workplace pension choices…now that pension auto-enrollment is being introduced. Everyone there was female…other than one token male and The Escape Artist.  Some knew a lot about investing but most didn’t. And being women, they were […]

Today we are talking about how work can be much more fun after financial independence. Remember, you are allowed to carry on working after FI if you want…because financial independence is not the same thing as early retirement. I could bang on about this but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. So when The […]

One of my lightbulb moments on The Path to financial independence came from asking myself this question about money: Where does it all go? You can ask this at a personal level (where does your own money go?) or at the level of society (where does everyone’s money go?). Both are great questions to ask. Most people […]

One of the tricks to getting to financial independence is thinking for yourself. This is easy…as long as you aren’t a monkey that just does what the other monkeys around you do.  The Escape Artist has noticed that some of those other monkeys seem keen on using their money and time to play expensive status games. […]

Before Christmas I met up with an old friend. He was on his way to Heathrow for a business trip abroad and had made time to stop by. We went for a 12m off road run in beautiful countryside before retiring to a local pub to re-hydrate with some strong beer. I told him about my earlier experiment […]

These people cannot be millionaires!  They don’t look like millionaires, they don’t dress like millionaires, they don’t eat like millionaires, they don’t act like millionaires – they don’t even have millionaire names. Where are the millionaires who look like millionaires? So starts the book The Millionaire Next Door, the classic study of how most rich people […]

Debates about financial independence sometimes seem to involve people talking at cross purposes.  Some talk cheerfully about how easy achieving financial independence is.  Others emphasise the barriers (e.g. the govt, stockmarket valuations, their boss, spendy other half etc etc). It’s almost as if they are talking different languages…or looking at the world through a different […]

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