Meet Our Experts
Ted has spent his entire life helping people secure and keep their wealth … and their freedom and independence … starting with himself. Banyan Hill is a natural extension of his quest.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Ted emigrated to South Africa as a young man in search of adventure. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cape Town with postgraduate degrees in economics, economic history and politics.
Charles Mizrahi has an uncanny ability to spot ongoing money-making opportunities from a hundred miles away. His nearly 40-year career started as a floor trader at the New York Futures Exchange at the age of 20.
Not long after that, he moved on to become a wildly successful money manager. Charles was ranked the No. 1-performing market timer — not just on Wall Street but in the entire United States — based on the actual performance of client accounts. Barron’s also ranked Charles as the No. 1 commodity trading advisor.
He has managed money for everyone from close family members and business owners to powerhouse investment banks. He is now using his experience and insight to help his readers steadily grow their wealth while beating Mr. Market.
Ian King is a former hedge fund manager with over two decades of experience trading and analyzing the financial markets. His market insights have been featured on Fox Business News, Investopedia and Seeking Alpha.
At 21, King started in the mortgage bond trading department at Salomon Brothers. He then spent time honing his skills in trading at Citigroup before spending a decade at New York-based hedge fund Peahi Capital. While there, his team made a 339% total return in 2008 alone. He is also known as one of Investopedia’s top resourceful contributors.
In 2017, he came to Banyan Hill Publishing to help our readers get ahead of the markets. He has three services: Strategic Fortunes, New Era Fortunes, and Next Wave Crypto Fortunes .
Michael Carr is an American investor and a contributing editor for True Options Masters. He is also a contributor to various publications related to trading, including the Journal of Technical Analysis, MoneyShow, SFO Magazine and Futures Magazine. Michael is the author of two books, Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing (2008) and Conquering the Divide: How to Use Economic Indicators to Catch Stock Market Trends (2010).
Andrew Keene is a world-renowned trader who specializes in showing individual investors how to capture profits “pit-style” with unusual options activity.
Andrew got his start working as a clerk at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Within nine months, he was promoted to floor trader and became known as one of the fastest traders in the world to “make a market.”
He is perhaps best-known for turning $100,000 into $5,000,000 in two years during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Eventually, as computers and online exchanges replaced the need for floor traders in the pit, Andrew proceeded to create his own “online trading pit.” He pioneered one of the first live, online trade rooms, where he shows individuals how to follow the same sort of options activity he used to make his millions on the floor at the CBOE.
Ms. Amber Lancaster is the director of investment research at Banyan Hill. She has been immersed in the investment and financial research world for over 20 years.
Ms. Lancaster began her financial career at Bloomberg LP as a data analyst and later as a team leader. She was responsible for a broad range of research activities, including examination of domestic and Eurobond floating rate notes and dividends on preferred stocks.
Ms. Lancaster holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance.
Joseph Hargett is the editor of Great Stuff, a daily Banyan Hill e-zine that keeps you informed on the hottest trends on Wall Street, provides you with the key information to make you filthy rich (*your results may vary) and inspires the best in dinner-table conversation. Great Stuff is finance with an edge.
Angela Jirau started in the financial publishing world 15 years ago as a writer and researcher. She joined Banyan Hill in 2018. Since then, she’s worked hard to bring Ted Bauman’s unique insights to more than 100,000 readers.
Angela now publishes and writes for Big Picture. Big Profits. which provides real solutions to help you make real money. She also publishes The Bauman Letter, oversees Profit Switch as well as Flashpoint Fortunes and Slingshot Profits.
Tiffany has worked in the financial industry for nearly a decade. Since joining Banyan Hill in 2014, she’s worked her way up as senior managing editor for Winning Investor Daily and Ian King’s premium services.
In this role, she works with Ian King and Amber Lancaster, as well as with their team of analysts and editors, to bring their best recommendations to Banyan Hill’s 700,000 readers.
She received her BA and MA in English from the University of Tennessee, with an emphasis in nonfiction writing and journalism.
By joining Banyan Hill Publishing in 2020, Lina Lee has combined her passions for both finance and writing. A world traveler, she earned a statistics degree from UCLA and a communications degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Now, Lina works closely with Charles Mizrahi as senior managing editor for his premium services.
She’s also a regular Real Talk contributor to help Charles on his mission of making investing simple — and profits inevitable — for everyday investors just like you.
John Wilkinson is the director of Banyan Hill’s premium publications, using his 30-plus years of experience in the financial industry to help readers navigate their investment services.
The son of a career Naval officer, John spent his entire youth overseas, expanding his global outlook early on. This unique perspective and drive to help people take control of their finances led John to become a Certified Financial Planner, with an extensive fee-based practice located in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
After assisting investors for over a decade, John felt it was important to find unbiased, independent investment research for his clients. During his search, he discovered Banyan Hill, and the rest is history.
Chris Cimorelli is the Chief Editor of True Options Masters. In 2021 he approached Mike Carr and asked him to team up to create the world’s leading source for options trading. True Options Masters is a publication of Banyan Hill and Chris has been with the company since 2014.
In 2013 he earned his English degree from the Honors College at the College of Charleston in his hometown of Charleston, SC. Chris wanted to write for a living so he took an entry job at a small firm, Banyan Hill, that would later become one of the world’s largest independent financial research organizations.
Andrew Prince began his journey as a self-taught investor in 2014. He later pursued a more formal investment education and graduated with two master’s degrees from Southern New Hampshire University.
He continues to build his knowledge and strengthen his skills by working toward passing the Chartered Financial Analyst exams.
Andrew joined Banyan Hill in 2021 as an analyst on Ian King’s team. He currently utilizes his investment and research skills to write articles for Winning Investor Daily.
He is the research analyst for Next Wave Crypto Fortunes, New Era Fortunes and Strategic Fortunes.
Amber Hestla began her award-winning financial career after honing her analytical skills in the military and law enforcement. As an intelligence analyst, she was expected to identify risks that were imperceptible, but deadly. She contributed to the safe return of every member of her unit.
Post-military and law enforcement service, she realized her analytical skills could also be applied in less hostile environments — like the financial markets.
Now, as a member of True Options Masters, Amber identifies trade setups in the options market and produces educational videos for new traders. All the while, she’s coming up with market-beating trade strategies to help our subscribers grow their portfolios using options.
Bryan Klindworth has a B.A. in economics and a background in education. He also specializes in the developing field of mechanical trading and automated trading strategies.
Mike Merson joined Banyan Hill in 2021 as the Senior Managing Editor of True Options Masters. He works closely with Michael Carr and Amber Hestla to fulfill its mission of showing everyday investors how to trade options profitably, safely, and in a way that’s easily understood by newcomers.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Film and Multimedia Studies from Florida Atlantic University in 2015. Since then, he has worked in the investment newsletter industry for nearly six years, studying advanced options techniques and short-term trading strategies. As an investor, Mike also specializes in cryptocurrency and passive income investing.