The Escape Manual

Allow me to introduce The Escape Manual, a more detailed “how to” guide to your personal finances.

The Escape Manual is a membership website + one to one financial coaching.

So members get the best personal finance content, updated and added to regularly. You can see the topics covered below 👇

But it’s more than a website. You also get to talk to the author (me), ask questions and experience the benefits of one-to-one financial coaching.

It’s good to talk: people learn best with a mixture of reading, discussion and encouragement. So membership includes one to one coaching time over Zoom included in the price. This opens up some of the benefits of financial coaching to a wider audience at lower cost.

I have a degree in economics, I’m a qualified chartered accountant and I worked at a senior level in corporate finance over 20 years…whilst managing my own portfolio and finances to financial independence.

The Escape Manual will help you cut through the noise, make things simpler and help you keep to the right path. I will help you avoid pitfalls and help you identify and avoid the obscene costs that you may currently be getting charged.

So The Escape Manual is much more than a website.

You can think of it as a club that includes coaching and community.

Subscribers get to ask me questions, suggest topics and talk to me direct. There is also a private Facebook discussion group.

The Escape Manual is an information and coaching service and is not regulated financial advice. I won’t make product recommendations. You stay in charge of your own money and make your own decisions.

The Escape Manual will help you learn how to manage your own money. The earlier you are on your journey, the more value you will get from it.

Option 1 : Annual membership

£270 per year (equivalent to £22.50 per month). This includes 2 hours of one to one coaching time over Zoom.

I’m flexible how you take the 2 hours (e.g. 1 x 2hr session or 2 x 1hr sessions or 4 x 30m).

The payment is processed securely by Paypal and you can pay here 👇

Option 2 : Quarterly membership

£90 per quarter (equivalent to £30 per month). This includes 30 minutes of one to one coaching time over Zoom.

The payment is processed securely by Paypal and you can pay here 👇

How do I renew?

Your subscription will renew automatically until cancelled. There is no long-term contract and you can cancel anytime via your own Paypal account.

What will the subscription fee be when it renews?

Your subscription will automatically renew at the same price. By subscribing now you avoid future price rises.

To join as a subscriber, please email me on

I look forward to speaking with you!

Barney Whiter

Important regulatory notice: I don’t give regulated investment, tax or legal advice. I never try to sell you anything.  I don’t give product recommendations. You have to make your own decisions. In short, its about teaching people to “fish” rather than selling them fish.

Contents of The Escape Manual:

  • How to get exposure to Silicon Valley venture capital
  • How to gain diversified crypto exposure
  • Alternative asset allocation models
  • The Investment Case for Ethereum
  • Choosing a Bond Fund
  • The True Cost of Inflation
  • A Beginners Guide to Crypto
  • The Two Models of Retirement Drawdown
  • International investing for expats
  • Getting started (when nervous about investing)
  • 3 Important Ways to Analyse a Portfolio
  • Investing via a Limited Company
  • Making Money From Your House
  • The Art of Wealth Preservation
  • Choosing from the best Global Equity Index trackers
  • The economics of car ownership
  • Video: My talk from Humans Under Management 2020
  • Dividends and the differences between income and accumulation units
  • How worried should you be when the stockmarket goes down?
  • What if your broker / platform / fund manager goes bust?
  • The Importance of % Savings Rate (includes interactive spreadsheet)
  • Shock absorbers: cash, bonds, gold and more
  • The balance between pensions, ISAs and other savings pots
  • Employee Share Schemes
  • Follow through = Clarity + Implementation + Accountability
  • Everything you need to know about Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs)
  • Investment platforms and transfers
  • What you need to know about insurance
  • Choosing your asset allocation
  • How to save for a deposit on a house / flat
  • Buy to let property versus stockmarket investing
  • Exchange Traded Funds versus Traditional Funds
  • The basics of your financial plan
  • What to do with an inheritance, bonus or other windfall
  • Measuring your financial progress (includes example spreadsheet)
  • Everything you need to know for your emergency fund
  • Mortgage paydown vs Investing
  • Understanding your workplace pension
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