Mark Skousen, Ph. D., is the editor of the monthly investment newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, as well as three weekly trading services, Skousen High-Income Alert, Hedge Fund Trader and Fast Money Alert. He also is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. He earned his Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University in 1977. He currently holds the Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University. He has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and Chapman University. He also has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology and other Fortune 500 companies.
A popular myth, perpetuated by Lou Dobbs, is that the best period of economic growth was during the 1950s when the top rate was more than 90%.
Surprise, surprise! Last week the terrorist group ISIS announced that it was issuing its own currency.
Last week on Veterans Day, I had breakfast at the magnificent old Union League of Philadelphia with Jeremy Siegel, the University of Pennsylvanias renowned professor of finance, who is known as the Wizard of Wharton.
Now that the Republicans have taken over Capitol Hill, can they make any difference?
I had a great time at the 40th anniversary of the New Orleans Investment Conference, which is largely a gold bug convention that features representatives from dozens of small mining companies.
I met up with Krugman. He assured me that he tries not to let his political biases affect his economic analysis.
This year, Forbes has a fascinating chart of inherited vs. self-made wealth. The chart shows that during a 30-year period, 1984-2014, more self-made billionaires are beating out the inherited billionaires.
I have my issues with the airlines, but the days are long gone when you could arrive 45 minutes before an international flight.
Why didnt anyone address the primary reason Hayek got the Nobel Prize, that is, Austrian macroeconomics and the Mises-Hayek theory of the business cycle?
When the monthly data comes out on retail spending or consumer confidence, the media goes crazy talking about how consumer spending drives the economy, because it represents 70% of the gross domestic product (GDP).
I have just confirmed the Dream Debate of the Century at my big show FreedomFest. On July 9, 2015, in the Celebrity Ballroom in Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Paul Krugman has agreed to debate the Heritage Foundations chief economist Steve Moore.
Whats the key to success? Simple. Use the three fundamental principles of Benjamin Franklin: industry, thrift and prudence.
I spent the last week in Hong Kong at the Mont Pelerin Society meetings. While there, I visited the Bruce Lee exhibit that was held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
The greatest threat today is the welfare state, Meltzer said. Lowering taxes does not appeal to the average voter because they dont pay income taxes anymore.
The Austrian school of economics was one of the few to warn of impending disaster coming from the real-estate bubble. But I have my doubts about Austrian school policy recommendations during a financial crisis.
Financial literacy is important, but sadly, only a handful of states require students to take personal finance or an investment course.
Wall Street knows that any big financial institution probably will be bailed out in the future, and such thinking will affect private sector decision making about risky investments.
Most Austrian economists argue that the best response to the 2008 financial crisis was to do nothing. By refusing to bail out the banks, investment firms and insurance companies, the government would be sending a clear message that Wall Street and the private markets must avoid irresponsible decisions in the future.
The libertarian movement will truly arrive whenT he New York Times does a serious article on the #1 libertarian think tank (Cato Institute), the #1 libertarian TV show (Stossel on Fox) and the #1 libertarian conference (FreedomFest).
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