Mark Skousen

"Gross Output, long advocated by Mark Skousen, will have a profound and manifestly positive impact on economic policy and politics."

--Steve Forbes, Forbes magazine

I am at the Investment U conference in Carlsbad, Calif. (the Hyatt Aviana Resort). Here's an update on several issues:

We had an important panel discussion on cybersecurity and the increasing dangers of cyber attacks on banks, Wall Street and your personal financial information. Financial institutions are being bombarded daily with these threats, and most investors are unaware of them because the banks, credit card companies and brokerage accounts ordinarily protect us from losses. But the threat is very real from foreign and domestic invaders. That also includes the U.S. government, such as the NSA. Alex Green, investment director at the Oxford Club, recommended several companies that both specialize in protecting people and are good investments, such as Check Point Software Technologies (CHKP).

1.Steve Forbes has just published a powerful endorsement of Gross Output (GO), the new national statistic that I have advocated for a quarter of a century. Read his op ed.

The federal government will begin releasing GO every quarter along with gross domestic product (GDP) starting on Friday, April 25. Read my original article on the subject.

As Mr. Forbes says, "GO rightly puts investment and business in their rightfully large places."

2.We are planning several major sessions on this topic at our big show in Las Vegas July 9-12, where our theme is "Big Brother." I encourage you to join us: www.freedomfest.com. Steve Forbes says it is a "must" conference where the "best and the brightest ideas are made." He's our official ambassador and will attend all three days.