Mark Skousen

Posted December 01, 2015

Alex Green, the chief investment strategist of the Oxford Club, recently wrote an article on the importance of Christmas in the economy and googled the question, How much of the economy is consumer spending? The responses came up as 70%.

Posted November 30, 2015

The U.S. Treasury Department reported that a taxpayer just sent the government a check for $2.2 million to help reduce the national debt. The national debt is now at around $19 trillion and rising.

Posted November 13, 2015

Since the mid-1970s, Ive attended every New Orleans Investment Conference, the granddaddy of gold-bug conventions.

Posted November 09, 2015

A travesty of justice occurred at this years New Orleans Investment Conference. One of the speakers, a veteran Canadian investment writer, who has presented at the event almost every year since the 1970s, was denied entrance into the United States because he didnt have a work permit to give a speech in America.

Posted November 04, 2015

Raising the minimum wage will put money in the pockets of consumers and will stimulate the economy. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor

Posted November 03, 2015

This is a tale of two Midwestern businessmen who live only 300 miles apart. In May, I traveled to Omaha to attend Warren Buffetts 50th shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway. Five months later, I flew to Wichita to meet with Charles Koch (pronounced coke), who just released his new book, Good Profit.

Posted October 23, 2015

When the market officially entered a correction a few weeks ago, many analysts suggested a severe bear market was ahead or something even worse.

Posted October 16, 2015

In the mid-1990s, when I was a columnist and part-time investigative reporter for Forbes magazine, I interviewed David Rockefeller in his famed office, Room 5600, at the NBC Studios building in Rockefeller Center.

Posted October 12, 2015

I recently met Joel Osteen, the prosperity preacher and TV evangelist from Houstons Lakewood Church. My wife introduced me to him but I had enjoyed his sermons for a number of years. Hes not your standard hellfire and damnation pastor. Hes always upbeat, telling down-to-earth stories without being overly emotional.

Posted October 09, 2015

Free market capitalism requires substantial progressive income and estate taxation. Lanny Ebenstein, Chicagonomics: The Evolution of Chicago Free Market Economics, p. 202.

Posted October 05, 2015

When Pope Francis visited the United States last week, he elevated Father Serra to sainthood at the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Posted October 02, 2015

Good economists need to look not only at the value of final output, known as gross domestic product (GDP). They also should look at how the final output was achieved by measuring the stages of production, or the supply chain.

Posted September 25, 2015

Yogi Berra died on Tuesday at the age of 90. I grew up watching Berra and the other great Yankees in the 1950s, and I became a fan even before moving to New York.

Posted September 25, 2015

In 1999, I met Newt Gingrich, the most influential Speaker of the House in the 20th century, for the first time.

Posted September 21, 2015

The August 29, 2015, issue of The Economist lambasted the West, and the United States in particular, for failing to address a ticking time bomb rebuilding its roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure when interest rates are low.

Posted September 18, 2015

With Pope Francis visit to the United States next week for the first time I suggest you read the column by Pat Buchanan on the Popes social philosophy, which appears to be quite anti-capitalist. Lets hope the Pope gets a more positive view of capitalism after visiting the center of capitalism New York next week.

Posted September 14, 2015

Stay with the winners Invest simply Be your own financial advisor. Donald Trump, How to Get Rich

Posted September 07, 2015

A Chinese stock market crash could set off a chain reaction around the world. (August issue, Forecasts & Strategies, p. 4).

Posted September 05, 2015

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will be driving the interstate freeways, facing a nightmare of traffic congestion. According to the Texas Transportation Institute, U.S. commuters will spend about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic jams.

Posted August 28, 2015

Over the years, Ive met quite a few friends and relatives who need regular income but are afraid of the stock market, especially when it plunges from time to time (like it did on Monday, Aug. 24). They prefer to invest in income-producing real estate.


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