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Terry Savage biography

Updated: December 15, 2011 10:21AM



Terry Savage is a nationally known expert on personal finance, the markets, and the economy. She writes a syndicated financial column for the Chicago Sun-Times, is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, including CNN, CBS, and appeared many times on Oprah! Terry’s commentaries also appear online at Moneyshow.com, the popular investing website, and also have been featured on YahooFinance.com and TheStreet.com.


Terry is in demand as a speaker at business meetings across the country. Her lively presentation style entertains as well as informs, whether talking about global economics, investing techniques, or personal finances. In 2011, Terry was named a “Top5 Speaker” in Economics/Finance as a result of popular votes at the Speaking.com web site.


Terry’s most recent book is a new edition of The Savage Truth on Money, which was named one of the ten best money books of the year by Amazon.com. Her other current best-selling book: The Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire? was published in Fall, 2009 and deals with issues in retirement planning and investing.
You can read Terry’s columns, as well as post questions and comments at her website, www.TerrySavage.com, follow her on Twitter @TerryTalksMoney and on Facebook –The Savage Truth.


Terry’s financial expertise comes from experience. She started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member -- and the first woman trader -- on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Savage was also a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where she traded interest rate contracts and currency futures. She is a registered investment advisor for both stocks and futures.


Terry Savage has won numerous awards, including the National Press Club award for Outstanding Consumer Journalism, and the Outstanding Personal Finance Columnist award given by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and two Emmys for her television work.


Savage takes an active role in America’s business community. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, and previously served on the boards of McDonald’s Corporation for 14 years and Pennzoil-Quaker State Corporation for 5 years. She was a recipient of the Director’s Choice Award honoring selected women who serve on America’s top corporate boards.


She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, where she won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in American Studies.



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