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What's your "Savage Number"? How much money do you need to retire? What will your retirement lifestyle look like? And how can you make sure you won't run out of money before you run out of time? Those are questions that demand an individual response. After all, your retirement dreams and lifestyle demands are very much a personal issue.
But there are specific and individual answers. Nationally known personal finance expert, Terry Savage, shows you how to find the answerswhether you've saved a bundle over your lifetime, or haven't started saving at all. Now is the time to face the future. It may take some changes in your current lifestyleor adjustments in your expectationsbut in the end, it will all be worth it.
The Savage Number provides the hands-on techniques to plan a successful, satisfying retirement. Terry takes you beyond "guesstimates," average returns, sales pitches, and wishful thinking. Instead, she introduces you to the world of Monte Carlo modelingthe statistical science of modeling multiple alternatives to come up with a range of highly probable results.
That process, now becoming widely available, will help you identify your "Savage Number"how much money you need to retire. The same process guides you through the critical decisions about how to invest your retirement moneyand how much you can withdraw to live onso your money lasts your entire lifetime!
- Build your retirement savings and invest them wisely as you move from accumulating assets to using them to support your retirement lifestyle
- Find ongoing specific guidance for appropriate diversification in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, REITs, ETFs, commodities, and options
- Control your finances using online bill payment, money management programs, and portfolio tracking
- Find individual financial advice you can trust to help you plan your retirement finances
- Generate more income from your assetswithout adding the risk of losing money you can't replace
- Protect your retirement plan from potential financial disaster by choosing long-term care insurance
- Set up an estate plan that makes sense for you and your heirsin case you have money left over!
Retirement planning is a careful balance between the risks of continuing to grow your money and drawing down living expenses at a rate that won't deplete your assets during your lifetime. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Savage Number takes the guesswork out of retirement planning, so you can overcome those obstacles and comfortably enjoy the rest of your life.
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From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR THE SAVAGE NUMBER
"At last there is one source, one comprehensive source for retirement savings and all of its implications. Terry Savage has done it again, put it all in plain English, for the millions of people who need to know what awaits them, financially, in their golden years. I get thousands of questions each week about this topic. Now I have the answers, from someone I would trust with my financial life. Great job Terry!"
James J. Cramer, markets commentator, TheStreet.com and CNBC, and author of Jim Cramer's Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World
"Chock-full of great information designed to help you plan your personal financial future."
Bob Brinker, Editor and Publisher, Marketimer Investment Letter
"It is astonishing how little most of us plan ahead for retirement. Terry has done it all for us in this book."
Jim Rogers, author of Adventure Capitalist and Hot Commodities
"Terry Savage takes the worry lines out of aging with this easy-to-use guide to planning for retirement."
Diane C. Swonk, Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial
"Terry Savage is a respected financial journalist and, as the first woman member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), knows the markets firsthand. In The Savage Number, she uses that expertise to demonstrate how a variety of investment vehicles can be used to increase retirement income, including an insightful look at how investors can write covered calls on stocks they already own. Overall, The Savage Number is a pragmatic approach to retirement planning filled with sound investment advice from a seasoned proI highly recommend it."
William J. Brodsky, Chairman and CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange
"The Savage Number greets you with cold realities and then shows you the path down the yellow brick road. It is a comprehensive and compelling guide to taking control of your financial future, from early saving and outliving your money Monte Carlo risk assessment to retiree health savings and long-term care. The bottom line: you can plan and choose to save, or you can work forever."
Dallas L. Salisbury, President and CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute