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Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

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    Posted May 21, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2010

    Great Book

    Great book. I read Trade your way to Financial Freedom and didn't get anything new from it. Read this it has everything on trading and strategy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Interesting ideas - no backup analysis

    I have read several Tharp books and I find them interesting and they give me ideas to test on my own. Unfortunately, they all share two features (flaws?): (1) they make statements of results and don't give any analysis or data to back up the statement and (2) they are pretty relentless in selling the services of Tharps and his partners various web sites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    A Good Read !

    If personal finance seems like a no-brainer for every brain but yours, this book will enhance your gray matter and your bank account. The payoff begins immediately. The authors explain complex and potentially mind-numbing terms such as 'passive income,' 'stop loss' and 'productive assets' in lively language that entertains without condescension. The text is sprinkled with helpful easy-step programs, charts and worksheets, features that integrate your financial data into the learning curve. Your participation enhances the book¿s real-life examples. Quick summaries and detailed postscripts make the bite-size chapters even more digestible. Most of the examples are clear, with color and commentary that brighten potentially dry data. Occasionally, the authors slide into abstract number-crunching gymnastics that may leave readers stranded on the mat. But such mishaps are rare. And don¿t skip the concluding chapters about human behavior. The insights about personal accountability, positive visualization and family education provide valuable dividends. We recommend this strong performer; it will yield excellent market advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Don't Be Intimidated By The Market Anymore

    This brilliant book explodes all the fears and mystery that I associated with being in the Stock Market and gives equally valuable advice about the other major investment classes. Van Tharp and his co-authors freely share the REAL strategies used by successful (rich) investors in simple language accessable even to beginners like me. The myth of being able to see the future of certain stock is debunked and the art of moving with the flow of the market to keep losses small and allow profits to run up is presented in step by step form. This book is not hype. It's solid mathematics and filled with wisdom about the 'human factor' that can sabotage us all if we don't manage it at the same time we're managing our investments. The book Works for the average guy or gal who is just trying not to lose their 401K shirt in this long Bear Market. Thanks Dr. Tharp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Safe Strategies for Sound, Successful Investing

    This book goes straight to the heart of sound financial investing with straight-talking, easy-to-grasp and clearly presented concepts on the foundations of common-sense investing: how to manage risk, preserve existing capital, and use your investing power to create an investment income where you are making more than you spend (i.e. at that point you are, in the words of the author, `financially free.¿). In my mind, the book has earned its price many times over just by clearly defining and explaining these fundamental `need-to-know¿ concepts of successful investing. The authors offer their readers further value by evaluating the current conditions in several major investing arenas (including the stock market, mutual funds, real estate) and presenting a series of low-risk, easy-to-implement safe strategies that are specifically designed for investing in these current uncertain and often volatile market conditions. Jack Schwager, in his original book, `Market Wizards,¿ devoted a chapter to profiling Van Tharp, one of the principal authors of `Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom.¿ It looks like Van Tharp has not only survived, but thrived, throughout the differing and sometimes euphoric, sometimes tragic, market conditions of the last several decades. He and his associates draw on decades¿ worth of depth of experience and breadth of understanding across various-and radically varying-market conditions, and are able to put the recent and current investing scenario into a coherent perspective that will appeal to everyone who wants to improve their investing performance in a safe, solid, `I can sleep at night¿ way. I found it hard to put the book down, I refer to it frequently for practical strategies, and probably many others will have a similar experience. Whether you¿re looking for down-to-earth ways to begin investing, or whether you¿re already an investor and looking for highly successful, proven ways to increase your investment income, this book is an obvious and highly productive `must-have¿ for your life and library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    Good title, not a get rich quick book

    but how to extract money from the markets with lower risk. About a quarter of this book is a rehash of Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom ¿ position sizing, psychology of trading, risk evaluation, keys to investment success, analyzing mistakes, etc. The additional material gives a good argument for what you should be invested in and when, under any market conditions. There are several suggestions for making money in different markets under different conditions and Tharp provides a simple system for doing so. There are good chapters on bear funds, real estate, inflation, and the dollar and what to invest in when interest rates are high, low, declining, and rising. The chapter on position sizing is expanded from the earlier book. If you¿re already financially free, you¿ll probably slog through the first 50 pages which are a bit like a personal finance primer, but there are good tips on redeploying your assets. Overall this is a good compilation of the best ideas that are out there. This is a terrific book for those who¿ve never read Tharp, and a pretty good follow up for those who have. For an experienced trader making a living from the markets, this book probably doesn¿t offer that much, unless you have had trouble making safe profits under all market conditions. For the average guy this book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    A waste of time

    Majority of the book revolves around market timing techniques and trading strategies. Very little has to do with acheiving financial freedom. Misleading book title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Excellent book for financial freedom

    The first 4 chapters of this book do a really unique job exploring debt reduction and financial freedom techniques. I have never seen the authors concept of financial freedom number anywhere else before and it is very helpful. In addition, there are some excellent investment concepts in stocks, commodities, and real estate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    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 own financial evaluation. This in itself was a big eye opener. In addition to the concepts of financial freedom, the authors do a fantastic job in presenting the reader with many options to acquire your financial freedom; from stock market (including Mutual Funds) strategies, to Real Estate strategies, and more. Each chapter ends with a series of action steps for you to perform to get you moving on your own safe path to Financial Freedom. The examples given in the book illustrate the needed information to evaluate any particular strategy. It is then up to the reader to act upon their selected path. A must have for those who want to take control of their financial future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    A Powerful Read!

    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 that we can retire at age 65, this book shares ways for every single person to become financially free at any point in their life. Best of all, the authors lay out step by step methods for implementing the ideas that they share. In the opening chapter, the authors start with ¿What it takes for you to never have to work again.¿ In that section, they help readers identify their all-important ¿Financial Freedom Number¿. This is the current difference between someone¿s monthly passive income, and their monthly expenses. By the time the first chapter is over with, readers have a clear picture of where they want to get to financially. Chapter two contains excellent ideas on how to save for financial freedom, including the idea of ¿Pay Yourself First¿. Using that concept, people prepare for their own financial freedom first, before distributing the rest of their income. In a book full of paradigm shifting concepts, without a doubt, one of the most powerful ones is in the chapter titled ¿Getting Out of Debt in Just a Few Years¿. In that chapter, the authors go step by step through a very practical, possible, and incredibly powerful method by which people can quickly become debt free. Not only that, but after using this method to become debt free, people will be in fantastic position to gain their financial freedom, and never have to work again if they don¿t want to. As readers get deeper into Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, they will learn about different ways to generate passive income, such as through the stock market, real estate, and other means. These sections are not merely high level descriptions of how to be successful. The authors take readers by the hand and walk them step by step through how to be successful. If you never get beyond the third chapter of Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, it will still be a book that forever changes your views about wealth. If you take the time to read it all, this book will become your map for never having to work again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Excellent all encompassing strategies

    This book was excellent. It goes in to great details about how to obtain financial freedom. From the defensive strategies about decreasing debt and spending to great offensive strategies from real-estate to stock market trading. I especially enjoyed the section on risk managment and position sizing this is definatly a must read for anybody interested in financial freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Best for those with little time

    This should be required reading for anyone in high school or older. All of the basics, and many clear, usable economic topics, are covered in ways that make it relatively easy to invest for yourself. These strategies take only a few minutes per week, and work in most market conditions. Answering the questions/excercises, you will end up with your own, personal business plan for investing. Following it, of course, is up to you, but the authors suggest ways to identify and overcome your personal obstacles. The 1-2-3 stock market model, and the inflation model are easy, valid ways to know which direction you should participate in many markets. If you practice the advice about how much to invest and when to get out of an investment, you will probably produce returns above 80-90% of all investors, professional or otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Necessary Paradigm Shifts

    This is a practical, honest guidebook to real financial freedom. There is no pie in the sky here. If you will follow the new paradigms this book lays out, and really change the way you think about investing for your future, you can get there. I personally am using this book as my 'business plan' for financial freedom. The authors are highly credible, the writing is clear, and the steps to follow are laid out plainly. All you or I need to add is personal responsibility to take the steps. There is even some valuable guidance on how to overcome psychological roadblocks to success included in the book, as well as access to updated information on markets as they change in the future.

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