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.
A year or so out of high school, I decided on a whim to leave college in the United States and go to South Africa. I enrolled at the University of Cape Town, where I ended up spending seven years earning degrees in economics, history and political science. I arrived during the mid-1980s, when the apartheid system was falling apart, and got a first-hand view of political revolution and change in the diverse country. That, plus my extensive travels in Asian countries, has left me with unique insights into the way economics, politics and society interact to shape our fortunes.
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!
Ted Bauman is always searching for safe ways to help you protect and grow your wealth. And Alpha Stock Alert does that … and more. It beat the S&P 500 index 10 times over in the past decade, up 585% compared to the S&P 500’s 57% return. It has never had a losing year over more than a decade … even during the 2008 and 2009 crisis. This is an essential system if you’re retired … and an essential complement to a more aggressive trading strategy if you’re not.
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