Ted Bauman

Ted knows what it’s like to run out of money. But, using his wisdom and lessons learned over the years, he developed a way to improve his financial position and set himself on the path to endless income. Now, using bold thinking, Ted uses his background and knowledge to help you start on the path to meeting your financial needs.


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 MicrofinanceSmall 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. Applying my economic training and extensive international experience to my writings, I quickly became a popular voice in my own right.

I am now the editor of The Bauman Letter, a monthly publication devoted to helping you earn endless income with bold thinking. My readership is the largest in the Banyan Hill group, with nearly 200,000 subscribers.

I’ve also included my writing to include Profit Switch, a weekly stock trading service. It is a trading system I’ve developed with the assistance of top Wall Street experts in the field. As an economist rather than a conventional stock analyst, I am able to bring a wider perspective to market developments and provide readers with unique insights into things that bring them profits.

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My Story

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.

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. And that’s why I take a “big picture”-type approach. For The Bauman Letter, I developed the BOLD system, an acronym for Big Vision, Open for Takeoff, Logical Move and Distinct Catalyst, to uncover opportunities. My standalone service — Profit Switch — uses a three-step strategy that reveals the “where, what and when” of investing.

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.

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Latest Blog Post

How to Navigate This Market’s Treacherous Conditions

How to Navigate This Market’s Treacherous Conditions

Friday morning was a sight to behold. Our biggest snowfall this winter left a glistening white landscape everywhere you looked around my house … not to mention three very excited kids getting an extended weekend after schools closed. But the beauty on the surface...

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Angry. Disillusioned. Doomed?

Angry. Disillusioned. Doomed?

I’m a born citizen of the United States, and a naturalized citizen of South Africa. Superficially, they seem like very different places. But under the hood, there are some striking similarities. Being in Cape Town for the last week reminds me of that. Thanks to...

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Don’t Bottom Fish for Speculative Growth Stocks

Don’t Bottom Fish for Speculative Growth Stocks

With Ted out of the country, Clint stepped into the hot seat alone for today’s Your Money Matters to give you the lowdown on areas of the market seeing steep falls from their highs. Does that mean it’s time to go bottom fishing and grab those opportunities? Before you...

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Meta’s Mega Crash Explained

Meta’s Mega Crash Explained

In the few moments before I wrote this, I posted three things to Facebook (New Yorker cartoons, if you’re wondering). You know who has never posted a single thing to Facebook? My teenage daughter. And that’s a big problem for the company now known as Meta. Last year,...

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