Mark Skousen

Posted February 09, 2016

ABC TV recently aired a two-part program, The Bernie Madoff Story, showing the biggest fraud in Wall Street history. If you missed it, the key lesson is not to expect the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to protect you from scammers.

Posted February 08, 2016

Gold is the hitching post of the monetary universe. Jim Dines (quoted in The Maxims of Wall Street, p. 151)

Posted January 28, 2016

015 Far Eclipsed 2014 as Worlds Hottest Year, Climate Scientists Say. Global Warming Blamed for System That is Warming Up, Relentlessly. New York Times, January 21, 2016 2015 Was Not Even Close to Hottest Year on Record. James Taylor,, 2016

Posted January 25, 2016

I attended an interesting financial/economic conference on Jan. 20 at Chapman University, where I am a Presidential Fellow, hosted by National City Bank. The keynote speaker was Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Obama, former president of Harvard University and an economist.

Posted January 22, 2016

Every quarter the U.S. Department of Commerces Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) releases gross domestic product (GDP) statistics. Its latest release indicates that GDP grew at 2.0%, suggesting a slowdown in the economy but no recession.

Posted January 18, 2016

It is hard to believe that Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, both running for President of the United States on a political platform that features small government as a centerpiece, would advocate a value-added tax (VAT).

Posted January 15, 2016

The financial terrorists are coming out of the woodwork. I recently received a warning from Jim Davidson that the U.S. economy is heading for imminent collapse. But its not just gold bugs who are predicting disaster.

Posted January 08, 2016

The New Year is here, and its the year which everyone has been waiting for to discover if America will rise up to become great again following the November elections.

Posted January 04, 2016

The subtitle of my collection of Maxims of Wall Street (over 2,000 of the new 4th edition sold during the holiday season) is Bears make headlines, bulls make money.

Posted January 01, 2016

Nothing is more difficult than holding on to your stocks in a bull market. Jim Dines, Maxims of Wall Street, p. 99

Posted December 30, 2015

Yahoo Finance reported a revised Gross Domestic Product (GDP) recently for the third quarter of 2015, emphasizing consumer spending as the driving force of the economy because it accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity.

Posted December 29, 2015

The above headline came from an article in Casey Research about the fact that the U.S. Mint sold out of American Eagle Silver Dollars in December 2015 and is minted more than 47 million silver dollars this year.

Posted December 15, 2015

Like most of you, Ive dealt with the U.S. Postal Service for many years, for better or for worse. Certain clerks at the post office are friendly, helpful and competent. Then there are others who are slow, uncaring and unfriendly. You meet all kinds of workers at the post office.

Posted December 14, 2015

In May, my son Todd and I attended the 50th anniversary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A), the investment company run by Warren Buffett from his offices in Omaha, Nebraska.

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


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