Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom
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Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom will teach you the secret of the "Financial Freedom Number," how to effectively analyze potential investments, how to choose the best investments, how to limit your risk and so much more.


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Trade Your Way to Financial Freedon
Retire in 7 Years or Less

A message from Dr. Van K. Tharp:

I want to show you how to live better than you do right now, without doing any extra work by hitting your Financial Freedom Number. For me, the process took about six months. After that, I knew I’d never have to work again in my life if I chose not to.


The Financial Freedom Number is so powerful I decided to teach it to 30 of my investing students. These folks paid about $2,000 a piece to spend a few days with me to learn how it works.

The result? When we finished, five of these folks were able quit their jobs immediately—while maintaining their current quality of life. Of course, not all of these folks wanted to quit working entirely. But imagine how much more enjoyable your job would be if you knew you could walk away at a moment’s notice, without any worries.

What about the other 25 people who attended my seminar? The others estimated they could use the Financial Freedom Number to quit their jobs soon, too. Some estimated it would take six months, others would need several years. Now, I hear all the time from people who have learned the secret of the Financial Freedom Number and have literally walked away from their jobs. (You’ll hear more about a few of these people in a moment.)

I want to show you how to do it, too. The good news is that you don’t have to pay me $2,000, or even 1/10th of that amount. You see, I believe in this idea so strongly I decided to make it the first section of my book, Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom.

The premise of Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom is simple: You can free yourself from a regular, 9-to-5 job and live better than you do right now, if you follow the techniques and secrets of some of the world’s best investors, analysts, and financial planners.

And, if you’re already retired, these same secrets and techniques can help you live a richer life than you’ve ever imagined.

To write this book, I enlisted the help of the smartest and most responsible financial experts I’ve worked with over the past 30 years:

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud: Former mutual funds and hedge funds manager who now works with more than 300,000 investors all around the world.

D.R. Barton: An engineer by trade who left a fast-track career with DuPont to focus on investment trading full-time.

John Burley: A multi-millionaire and former financial planner, who retired at age 32 and has done more than 1,000 real estate deals since then.

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Learning the Secret of the Financial Freedom Number

Attaining complete financial freedom, as I’ll show you, is not only for the rich.

If you use these important financial secrets and techniques that I’ve collected from the smartest finance people I’ve met during my career, you will find you are much closer than you think to living a life free from money worries and unsatisfying work.

For example, in my book Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, you’ll meet a student of mine named Fred, who came to see me with his wife. This couple worked hard for years, but never had much to show for it. Then they decided to follow the strategy of the Financial Freedom Number. Today, Fred owns five houses. He and his wife have paid off their cars and have enough money in the stock market to pay off their mortgage. Fred has gone back to college, which he always wanted to do. If Fred can do it, believe me, so can you.

You’ll also meet a woman named Anita, who came to see me after declaring bankruptcy. She was about to lose her house to foreclosure. We showed Anita how to get rid of all of her debt (which she did almost immediately) and save her house. She expected to attain complete financial freedom soon after.

Once you realize the power of the Financial Freedom Number, you will never look at money the same way again.

Speaking of debt, if you owe any money to anyone, John Burley will explain what we call the “10% Solution.” It’s the quickest and easiest way to erase all of your debts. Period. Forget calling a credit counselor. Forget negotiating your credit card rates. The “10% Solution” is all you need.

Using this strategy, a person with more than $30,000 in debts will be completely debt-free in just 26 months—without EVER paying more than 10% of your minimum payments right now. Incredible, but true.

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How to Effectively Analyze Any Investment Situation

Do you ever feel like you are just guessing when you put money into stocks, bonds, or real estate investments?

In reality, that’s how most people feel.

This book holds a few simple techniques we’ve perfected over the years that will tell you clearly where you should be putting your money: stocks, bonds, real estate, precious metals, etc.

There is a series of easy-to-follow steps that we recommend you use to evaluate any investment. From now on, when you read about a new investment idea, or hear about an investment tip, you’ll know how to quickly evaluate the idea and determine whether or not it’s right for you.

For example, in this section, you’ll learn, the secret of The World’s Most Accurate Stock Market Model.

This model was developed by one of the smartest stock market analysts I’ve ever known, who back tested it over 100 years of the stock market. This guy gets paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for his advice—and he’s well worth every penny.

You probably didn’t know there’s an easy way to evaluate the entire stock market. Using this 3-step approach, you will always know whether you should be buying, holding, or selling stocks. Pretty useful, don’t you think? Use this model and you will never again be forced to guess whether or not it’s a good time to buy stocks. Plus, you’ll know in advance when it’s time to sell.

You’ll also learn how to evaluate real estate, how to find mutual funds that go up when the markets go down; how to find the safest stocks during a bear market; what falling and rising interest rates really mean for your money, and much more.

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Start Choosing the Best Investments Right Now

The third section of Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom contains more than a dozen specific investment strategies that you can begin using right away. Here are just a few of them:

  • Two Banks that Pay 10%. How much does your bank pay you for money it’s holding? 1%, 2%, or 2.5% at best? Dr. Steve Sjuggerud will show you two banks that pay 10% or more. There’s no lengthy application process or complicated forms to fill out, just one phone call to make.

  • Real estate that pays 50% a year. There’s one clever real estate investment that pays 16%-50% a year. You can make this investment in every one of the 50 United States right now—but not 1 in 1,000 investors understands how simple this is to do.

  • How the second richest man in America made his fortune. He inherited no money from his parents, instead he amassed hi wealth by simply finding one type of stock. This is still THE BEST WAY to buy stocks, but few investors even know this technique exists.

  • How to beat stocks using only super-safe government bonds. This strategy alone is worth the cost of the book. Multimillionaire Chris Weber’s amazing strategy consistently beats the U.S. stock market with nothing more risky than regular government bonds. You may never invest in stocks again!
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The Best Way to Limit Your Risk with Every Investment You Make

Why do so many people take a beating in the stock market? Because they don’t understand how to limit risk with stocks, bonds, or any other investment vehicle.

Unfortunately, I believe many people are going to experience similar catastrophic losses over the next few years in the stock market. But in Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, we’ll show you the absolute best way to avoid this fate.

No, it doesn’t mean you have to take all of your money out of the stock market and stash it in a savings account that earns less than 2%. That’s a sure way to lose money, too, because your investments won’t even keep up with the costs of inflation.

What I want to show you is probably the most important investing rule in the world. I’ve taught it to traders and money managers who regularly handle tens of millions of dollars.

This three-part strategy (called the CPR Method), will take you about 30 minutes to learn. I guarantee, after you understand it, you will never invest the same way ever again. This is how the biggest money managers in the world handle their investments. But you can do the exact same thing even if you’re managing $10,000 or less.


Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom is packed with what we consider the best financial secrets in the world, including 183 moneymaking secrets, strategies and resources in all. Any one of these can pay for the cost of the book more than 100 times over.

Here’s a few more valuable ideas you’ll find inside:

• U.S. Army system developer Ken Long’s proven strategy for beating the mutual fund pros.
• Kathleen Peddicord details the world's best real estate as of the book's publishing, which can return 500%+, and offer you a world-class vacation home.

• How my student, Suzanna, took $6,000 and earned almost four times her money in two months, plus $3,348 every year for at least 10 years.

You’ll also find the details on dozens of the best financial and investment resources in the world: web sites, newsletters, software, and other important tools that the best investors I know use every day.

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Help Your Kids Reach Financial Security—Without a Penny of Inheritance
In the last section of Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, my friend and colleague Justin Ford shows you what could prove to be the most valuable lesson in the whole book.

Justin has been a financial analyst and writer for the better part of the past two decades. When he had children of his own, he searched for a system that would do two things for his kids:

• Teach them the value of money and saving.

• Make them completely financially independent by age 30, without ever having to earn a big income.

If you have kids or grandkids, or other youngsters you care about, I urge you to read this section of Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom.

It doesn’t matter what your children want to do with their life; using Justin’s method, they can achieve significant wealth by the time they have children of their own, even on a teacher’s or social worker’s salary. What’s more, they’ll have done it by themselves, but with your guidance. This has nothing to do with inheritance, trust funds, or silver spoons. Using this method, your kids can accumulate savings of half a million dollars by age 36—and that’s assuming they never make more than an average salary.

What better gift could you give your children than a life of complete financial independence?

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Comments from Readers

I gave a copy of this book to a professional money manager named Charles Whitman, who I've worked with over the years. Charles said, "I have done a great deal of reading on the subjects of budgeting, estate planning, taxes, accounting, money management and, of course, trading. This book is the best combination I have seen."

"You want financial freedom? Follow Van Tharp's rules and strategies! Van is a working man's genius and Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom is simply brilliant! It takes the hocus-pocus out of investing and creating financial freedom." —Keith J. Cunningham

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About the Authors

Dr. Van K. Tharp

In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Van K. Tharp stands out as an international leader. He is the author of two acclaimed books published by McGraw Hill: Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom and Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, and co-author of  Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading, Tharp is also the only trading coach featured in Jack Schwager's best selling book, The Market Wizard's: Interviews with Great Traders.

Besides having published numerous articles in various industry publications, Dr. Tharp has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Barron's Market Week, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, Investors Business Daily and Futures and Options World.

While Van Tharp’s expertise is in the area of finance, his mission is to touch people in a way that changes them for the better. In his books, seminars, and workshops, he uses the financial metaphor to do so.

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Dr. Steve Sjuggerud has an MBA and a Ph.D. in Finance. He’s worked in the institutional world of investing as a stockbroker, mutual fund vice president, hedge fund manager, and independent analyst. During his work, Dr. Sjuggerud has traveled to more than 30 countries to investigate investment opportunities and to meet with central bankers. Places such as Ecuador, Iceland, Singapore, Argentina, China, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Belize, Hong Kong, and Hungary.

Today, in addition to running his own financial advisory service called True Wealth, Dr. Sjuggerud serves as President of Investment University, an educational program with more than 200,000 students. You may have seen Dr. Sjuggerud’s work in some of the most prestigious financial journals, including The Wall Street Journal and Barron's.

D.R. Barton
D.R. Barton has a BS in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, is a certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware.

His writing credits include his work on Van’s second book for McGraw-Hill where he as co-creator and contributing author. He also writes a weekly Trading Tip article for our Tharp's Thoughts e-newsletter.

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