Mark Skousen

Posted June 29, 2015

Whenever I speak at the MoneyShows or other investment conferences, I frequently get asked about the tax implications of master limited partnerships, long-term vs. short-term capital gains, etc. Generally speaking, I try not to let taxes affect my investment decisions.

Posted June 22, 2015

The American dream is dead. Donald Trump, 2015

Posted June 12, 2015

The first time I looked at the incredible chart below, I thought of the classic book, Winning the Losers Game by Charles Ellis.

Posted June 06, 2015

On September 14, 2011, I received a little book in the mail called The End of America, in which the author predicted chaos in America within 12 months.

Posted June 02, 2015

At the recent Las Vegas MoneyShow, I gave a talk on Money & Politics: A Washington Insider Reveals the Surprising Secrets of Capitol Hill.

Posted May 27, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council demonstrated its ignorance of Economics 101 when the panel voted last week 12-1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 for millions of workers in the countrys second-largest city.

Posted May 17, 2015

Buffett told his adoring audience of more than 30,000 in Omaha that he was bullish on America.

Posted May 02, 2015

The Nasdaq last week finally hit an all-time high, surpassing the 5,000 level achieved 15 years ago in March 2000. It took much longer for the Nasdaq to hit record highs than the Dow or the S&P 500 due to the dot-com frenzy in 2000 that sent the technology-heavy Nasdaq soaring.

Posted April 25, 2015

Im not a great golfer, just more of a hacker and lucky to keep my score under 100 in a round of golf. But I enjoy watching the sport from time to time. I used to sit in the golf seats at the Orlando Magic games in the 1990s, and I met Tiger Woods once.

Posted April 18, 2015

I had the misfortune of spending time in Dallas this past weekend, which meant flying in and out of the infamous Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Can you imagine an airport bigger than the size of Manhattan? Yes, its true 27 acres.

Posted April 17, 2015

Walmart and McDonalds recently have raised wages to $9 an hour or more, substantially higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Posted April 12, 2015

I have been living in Southern California for the past four months and have witnessed firsthand the results of one of the worst droughts in history. With little rain, California is dependent on reservoirs and out-of-state sources to provide the water needs of California consumers, business and agriculture.

Posted April 11, 2015

When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is. Oscar Wilde

Posted April 04, 2015

We are honored that John Mackey, our co-ambassador to FreedomFest (along with Steve Forbes), has been identified in the latest Fortune magazine as one of the 50 Greatest Leaders in the World.

Posted April 03, 2015

I spent time last weekend with Steve Moore, the Heritage Foundations chief economist and a writer for The Wall Street Journal. Steve told me the Dream Debate of the Century between Paul Krugman and him, scheduled at FreedomFest, July 8-11, has generated a huge amount of buzz. Everywhere I speak, thats all they ask about, Moore said. Krugman is the #1 New York Times columnist and an advocate of big government.

Posted March 28, 2015

What amazed me about the latest Billionaire issue of Forbes magazine was not the stories about the billionaires, but about Forbes itself.

Posted March 27, 2015

Some economists worry that if the Fed raises rates too soon or the Republican-run Congress cuts government spending too much, we will have a 1937-style recession.

Posted March 22, 2015

On Wednesday, March 18, Barack Obama was speaking at a town-hall event in Cleveland, Ohio, when he openly endorsed mandatory voting laws.

Posted March 21, 2015

The Economist recently suggested that Americas out-of-control spending on healthcare 17% of gross domestic product (GDP), higher than any other nation is about to slow down.

Posted March 14, 2015

Thomas Stanley dispelled the notion that the rich are bad people, that they flaunt their wealth, engage in white-collar crime, divorce then marry trophy wives and dont pay their fair share in taxes. In fact, most millionaires are model citizens.