An economist by training, I grew up in the U.S. but emigrated to South Africa in the mid-1980s where I became deeply involved in the development and implementation of post-apartheid economic and urbanization policy. During the 90s and 2000s, I was a consultant to a variety of entities, including African and European governments and the United Nations. I travelled extensively in Africa and Asia during this period, developing a keen understanding of the relationship between political and economic dynamics in various societies. I’ve also published research and commentary in a number of prestigious international journals, including The Journal of Microfinance, Small Enterprise Development and Environment and Urbanization.
In 2008, I returned to the U.S. to work for a large Atlanta-based nonprofit organization as their Director of International Programs. Using my economist background, I developed a focus on techniques to assess organizational sustainability and effectiveness.
I joined Banyan Hill Publishing (then called Sovereign Society) in 2013 as a part-time editor with an eye toward assuming my father Bob Bauman’s existing asset protection and wealth management portfolio. Applying my economic training and extensive international experience to my writings, I quickly became a popular voice in my own right.
I’m now editor of The Bauman Letter, a monthly publication devoted to enabling readers to preserve and secure their wealth through innovative investment, legal and personal strategies. My readership is the largest in the Banyan Hill group, with over 100,000 subscribers.
I’ve also expanded my writing to include the Smart Money service, an ETF-trading platform and Alpha Stock Alert, a weekly stock trading service. Both are based on systemic or “algorithmic” trading systems which I’ve developed with the assistance of top Wall Street experts in the field. As an economist rather than a conventional stock analyst, I’m able to bring a wider perspective to market developments and provide readers with unique insights into the things that bring them profit — and those that threaten it.
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My route to becoming a financial writer has been quite unusual. Unlike most of my colleagues, I’ve never worked in commercial finance or as an investment specialist. Instead, I’m an economist by training, and I worked for many years managing housing finance systems for nonprofit developers in the biggest cities of the developing world … in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Despite my background in the nonprofit sector, I’ve always had a keen interest in personal liberty and the protection of individual rights from the threat of big government — and also from big business. During my years working in the developing world, I saw firsthand how people’s lives and prosperity were held back from the powers-that-be that ruled over them. That’s a big part of what prompted me to join Banyan Hill Publishing.
I was born and raised as a child in Maryland in the United States. My father, Bob Bauman, who also writes for Banyan Hill, was a State Senator and U.S. Congressman during my childhood. I grew up on Maryland’s rural Eastern shore, which is why to this day, I still feel like a bit of a country boy … a little rough around the edges and pretty direct in my way of speaking and writing. It’s also why I love boats and anything to do with the water.
When my daughter was born in 2006, I decided to bring my family back to the United States for a few years. I wanted her to know her grandparents and other relatives. I was recruited for a job with a nonprofit in Atlanta, Georgia, where I worked for five years.
In 2013, my father contacted me and said that he was planning to retire from full-time work in his finance writing job … and asked me whether I’d like to audition to replace him. That’s how I ended up writing for Banyan Hill Publishing. (At the time, it was known as The Sovereign Society.)
Because of my background in economics — particularly my understanding of market dynamics — I quickly moved from writing about asset protection and offshore living to writing about investment as well. I have a keen interest in rules-based investing, using algorithms to make investment decisions rather than lead with emotion. That’s how I ended up with two rules-based investment services … one called the Smart Money System, which is part of The Bauman Letter, and the other called the Alpha Stock Alert, which is a standalone service.
People who read my newsletters often comment on how different they are than most financial newsletters. The most common observation is that I tend to be very direct, and that I try to ensure that the advice I give to my readers is advice I believe in personally. It’s fair to say that I’m happiest now that I’ve ever been in my life, because I really love writing for a living. I also love the fact that I can act on my underlying values: respect for the individual, the primacy of personal liberty and a fair balance between personal interests and the interests of the broader society in which we live. It keeps my mind busy, and it keeps me happy.
My most sincere wish is that it makes you happy too!
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