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Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom [Hardcover]

Van Tharp , D.R. Barton , Steve Sjuggerud
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May 3 2004 0071421475 978-0071421478 1

Commonsense Rules for Financial Freedom--Anyone Can Do It!

Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom shows you how to know in 30 seconds whether you should be in or out of the market. The authors show you how great investors avoid mistakes--and win big. With Van Tharp's legendary risk-control techniques, learn how the world's most profitable investors reduce their risk and leave their wealth-generating potential unlimited, and how you can too. You'll learn how to invest wisely--in every type of market, protecting what you earn, and developing sources of regular income to achieve financial independence. Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom provides you with a specific program for freeing yourself from the workplace--forever. Let it show you how to seize control of your financial life by investing in the assets that will provide you with steady income until the day when your investment income surpasses your monthly expenses--and you are, once and for all, financially free.

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Get smart about your money and retire in five years or sooner!

Most people are only a few thousand dollars a month away from financial freedom. Financial freedom is not about millions of dollars in the bank--it's simply about generating investment income that exceeds your cost of living. Once you're there, you're financially free!

Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom shows you how to get there, from how to invest wisely and protect what you earn to proven techniques for developing sources of regular income to cover your expenses and achieve financial independence. Inside, you'll discover:

  • The fastest and easiest way to get out of debt without pinching pennies
  • Simple models that tell you how and when to invest in stocks, bonds, gold, and real estate

  • Van Tharp's legendary risk-control techniques--How the world's most profitable investors reduce their risk and leave their wealth-generating potential unlimited

People achieve financial freedom every day--now it's your turn. Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom shares the secrets of how you can achieve financial freedom by determining your "financial freedom number," making the right investment moves, and accepting nothing less than absolute success. From its risk-controlling investment strategies to its "Why didn't I think of that?" money-management techniques, you'll learn a financial program designed to make you the master of your money, instead of its slave.

"Financial freedom is within your grasp. In this book, you will learn a simple strategy that will free you forever. Once you start, you'll watch yourself moving closer and closer to financial freedom every month."

--From the Preface

Wealthy folks don't achieve financial freedom by working for money. Instead, they have learned the simple rules for making money work for them! Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom provides the details of innovative yet achievable investment strategies that you can use to build and protect assets your assets in all investment climates. You can then use those assets as sources of regular income that will cover your monthly expenses and provide you with a lifetime of true financial freedom.

Written by world-renowned financial advisors Van K. Tharp, D.R. Barton, and Steve Sjuggerud, who have used these techniques to free themselves and thousands of others from jobs that barely cover expenses, this book describes:

  • Your Personal Financial Freedom Number--How to build passive monthly income that frees you from the workplace
  • Specific strategies for transforming your assets from money pits to money producers
  • Stock market strategies that produce profits in all market environments, even major bear markets.
  • The Max Yield Strategy--A once-a-year system for safe, double-digit profits
  • Three proven real estate strategies for generating instant equity, long-term income, or both

Is your current plan is to spend your life working 50 or more hours a week and then saving your nickels until you retire to a modest, fixed income? You're not alone. But it might surprise you to discover just how many people are now actively taking the steps to achieve financial freedom that are contained in this book.

Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom provides you with a safe, specific program for freeing yourself from the workplace forever. It shows you how to seize control of your financial life by investing in those assets that will provide you with steady income until the day when your investment income has surpassed your monthly expenses--and you are, once and for all, financially free.

About the Author

Van K. Tharp Ph.D., is president of the International Institute of Trading Mastery (IITM). A globally recognized coach for traders and investors, he is the bestselling author of Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom and publisher of the successful monthly newsletter Market Mastery and the free weekly email, Tharp's Weekly Thoughts.

D.R. Barton, Jr., P.E., MBA, is chief operating officer and risk manager for the Directional Research and Trading hedge fund group and a lead instructor with IITM. He is the editor of the newsletter Ten Minute Trader, and is a sought after speaker and developer of seminars for traders and investors.

Steve Sjuggerud Ph.D., is president of Investment University, an educational program with more than 250,000 students, and editor of the investment newsletter True Wealth with over 40,000 subscribers. He is a former portfolio manager, hedge fund manager and equity research director.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly, I would like to state that I'm a Van Tharp fan. I read his "Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom" at least 15 times. I think that book and Marcel Link's "High Probability Trading" are the best books written about trading in a long time. I rated both as 5 stars.
There are good things and bad things about this book.
The good things: The Financial Freedom Number Concept alone is worth the price of the book and 1 of the stars. It was quite a revelation that you become financially free when your monthly passive income exceed your monthly expenses. It may be a blinding flash of the obvious, but most people don't realize it until someone points out that fact. The other good things about this book are that there are strategies that work in up, down and sideways markets. The system expectancy and risk control methods are included (but I already read them in his other 2 books).
The bad things: The down side is that there is too much damn advertising and it's damn irritating. I had to look twice to make sure it wasn't a "Wade Cook" book. I deducted 2 stars from the rating to show my disapproval!!!
Van K. Tharp, you DA MAN!!! But if you write another book, can you just please just write new material and leave out the marbles game thing, and the expectancy thing, and the position sizing thing? You already wrote them in your other 3 books. And if you have to put in all the damn advertising, at least have the decency to put in all in the appendix and not all over the book. Thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between 4 and 5 stars June 16 2004
By A Customer
This book is completely different to Tharp's usual genre. Rather than being based just around trading and systems, this book stretches much further into financial freedom principles and is much more detailed about various strategies that are available to invest in - especially if the market happens to turn sour once again. It's better to understand what is going on in the markets and take the necessary steps earlier rather than later.
I have been studying investing for a number of years now and although I wanted to take short cuts and learn everything from each guru book that I read - I realised that there is a lot of study and patience required if you want to invest wisely. With the plethora of information bombarding us everyday it's hard to know who to trust. As a client, I have met Van, DR and Steve and feel that they are all men of integrity.
I was happy with some of the new ideas that I learnt from this book because it provides the reader with alternatives and different things to consider, as well as giving plenty of resources and additional follow up information if you want to pursue any of the avenues that they suggest.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I've gotten at least some tiny bits of wisdom out of every book I've ever read...even books I pick up for a dollar at the Goodwill store. This book is no exception...I got some tiny bits of wisdom out of it and it will end up in the Goodwill store priced at a dollar.
The very best scams always have elements of truth in them. There are a few...precious few...worthwhile ideas in this book that the authors gratuitously tossed in. But more often than not, the authors focused on describing the pitfalls of attempting various investment strategies on your own.
Then the authors slyly suggest that you go to one of their websites and subscribe to their newsletter/system/secret formula, etc. These newsletters/systems/secret formulae are expensive and will guarantee financial freedom for the authors, but probably not for you.
I have no quarrel with business people using whatever schemes they choose to lure in customers. Unfortunately for me, I foolishly assumed that book authors would be above using a book as their lure. I'll be far more careful in the future.
This book should have been titled. "Read This Book, Then Subscribe to our Expensive Newsletters/Seminars/Tapes, etc. to Learn More About Investment Strategies That Occasionally Worked in the Past, and May Work in the Future."
Look for my copy in Goodwill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next classic in financial literature June 23 2004
By "ks41"
Safe strategies is the best book every written relating to financial freedom. The authors do a fantastic job of taking the complex macro world of finance and simplifying it into very simple and easy to apply models. These simple models only require about 20 minutes a week of your time for you to know which strategies / markets to be getting into, or staying with or avoiding. And the bonus is that they also provide you with clear cut and simple guidelines on how to implement the appropriate strategy given the current financial climate.
The books' genius is in it's simplicity, everything is spelled out in plain english and the referred resources are fantastic tools for mentoring you towards your objectives. The authors have just done so much groundwork for you, in all the investing arenas, be that bonds, stocks, realestate, cash or commodities or mutual/hedge funds. And the real kicker is that it doesn't matter whether the Dow is going up or down, there is always something you can do to further your progress towards your financial freedom goals.
This book is the best book ever written in the financial genre, though I suspect that it won't be widely acknowledged for another decade or so. I believe that money flows towards integrity, freedom and responsibility. This books reeks of those three qualities.
I found my financial freedom four years ago (age 29) after spending my 20's learning what this book can teach you in a few weeks. This book can take your journey of learning from decades to months. Do your self a favour ... committ to safe strategies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually useless unless living in the USA as all examples
Virtually useless unless living in the USA as all examples, references, tables, interest rates, and techniques are American. Another book for Americans by Americans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic
Amazing, I can't believe anyone would give it less than 5 stars.
Published on July 6 2004 by cd4833
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, logical strategies that helped me
I day trade stocks, have traded options, futures, commodities, you name it. I continually search for the holy grail of books to "enlighten" me with wisedom. Read more
Published on June 24 2004
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Finally, a book where you can get some real how to's. This book offers a great explanation of what financial freedom is and how you can achieve it. Read more
Published on June 24 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom
I have been investing myself since about 1980, in Real Estate, Stocks and my own business. I have read pretty much everything I can get my hands on from economics, math, business,... Read more
Published on June 19 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
This literally is one of those rare books that should be on everyone's "must read" list. In a world where we are bombarded with messages about how life consists of working hard so... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by John P. Strelecky
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! A must have for those wanting financial freedom!
This book provides you with the basics you need to develop your own path to financial freedom. Prior to presentation of any strategies, there are worksheets and exercises for your... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by AZ INNOVATIONS Inc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a financial book with meat in it.
I have to strongly disagree with the above reviewer who found little substance to this book. I'm not sure what that reader was looking for but in my opinion, the 3 authors... Read more
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