Ronan McMahon Escapes the Rat Race

Hi, Greg Canavan here. I hope you’re enjoying some downtime somewhere. It’s exactly what I’ve advised my fellow editors to do…rest and relax. It’s been a long year, especially for those of us who had to endure Victoria’s lockdown and curfew rules. So a good unwind is required before we get back into it in 2021.

So for the next week, you’ll get something different from us here at The Rum Rebellion. You’re probably familiar with the work of Dan Denning, who is a regular contributor to this publication. Dan works closely with Bill Bonner, and writes for The Bonner-Denning Letter, with which you might also be familiar.

Bill is one of the founders of Agora, which is the parent company of Port Phillip Publishing, the publisher of The Rum Rebellion. Bill has quite the network to draw upon. One of the recent projects they’ve been working on is the Bonner Private Research Podcast, hosted by Aussie expat Joel Bowman.

Over to you, Joel…

Ronan McMahon Escapes the Rat Race

Joel Bowman

Everywhere on my beat, the desire for a more meaningful life is apparent. From the emptying of congested cities, to the surge in demand for rural properties, to the unprecedented volume of sales we’ve seen since lockdown in places like Mexico and Panama; none of this feels temporary to me. Anything but, in fact.

So wrote Ronan McMahon recently in an internal memo to members of the Bonner Private Research group. As you may know, Ronan is the guy with (I reckon) the coolest job in the world: ‘Roving International Real Estate Investor’.

He’s also the man Bill Bonner looks to when scouring the globe for in-the-know property deals. Whether it’s a castle in Ireland, a pristine headland on the Pacific Coast, or a nook of cozy ‘fixer-uppers’ in some long-forgotten Mediterranean hamlet, Ronan leaves no stone (or brick) unturned.

Now, as the coronavirus — and the subsequent government reaction to it — is driving people from cities and forcing us all to rethink both the workplace and homelife, the things Ronan has been talking about for decades are suddenly on everyone’s lips. Of course, nobody quite knows the lay of the land like Ronan does.

I caught up with him recently to get his take on escaping the rat race. Listen to our full conversation here.


Joel Bowman,
Contributor, The Rum Rebellion

The Rum Rebellion