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Terry  Savage

Terry Savage

Finance & Investment Guru

Terry Savage

Finance & Investment Guru


Terry Savage is a nationally known expert on personal finance and a regular television commentator on issues related to investing and financial markets. Her syndicated personal finance column for the Chicago Sun-Times is read in newspapers across the country, and her columns appear regularly on The Street, the popular investing website. She also posts commentaries and answers questions at her website.

Savage’s latest book is the second edition of The Savage Truth on Money, in which she explains how individuals can gain control over their financial future, setting them free to truly enjoy the present. The best-selling first edition was named one of the best ten money books of the year by Amazon.com, and was made into an hour-long television special that aired on PBS. She has also written The Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Need to Retire? which hit the “Top 20” list on Amazon.com within three weeks of publication. In 2009, she followed up with The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need To Retire?

Savage is a frequent guest on national radio and television shows ranging from PBS' Nightly Business Report to CNN and CNBC. She has appeared several times on Oprah! and is the regular substitute host of the nationally syndicated Bob Brinker radio show on ABC radio. She is in demand as a speaker at business meetings across the country.

Savage’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’s International Monetary Market where she traded interest rate contracts and currency futures. She is a registered investment advisor for both stocks and futures.

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, as well as two Emmys for her television work.

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

Savage is involved in Chicago’s civic affairs, serving as a director of The Executives Club of Chicago, Junior Achievement of Illinois, and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan where she won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in American history and economics.

Speech Topics

The Savage Truth on Money

Terry Savage Talks Money

New Money Strategies for the Millennium