Mark Skousen is a college professor, prolific author and world-renowned speaker. He’s made his unique sense of market and investment trends known and respected in the financial world. With a Ph.D. in economics and a focus on the principles of free-market capitalism and “Austrian” economics, Mark Skousen has often gone contrary to the crowd in his investment choices and economic predictions — and has often been proved right.
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  • Which is Best for Income: Real Estate or Stocks?

    Over the years, I’ve 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). They prefer to invest in income-producing | Read More »

  • How Can Stocks Tumble When Consumer Spending is Strong?

    “Consumer spending represents about two-thirds of the U.S. economy.”  — Mitch Zacks, Zacks Financial Services (August) Financial guru Mitch Zacks, president of the popular financial site, opined this week that there was nothing to worry about in the stock market. Never | Read More »

  • Is America Becoming a Third World Nation?

    One of the biggest problems with Keynesian economics — named after the 20th century British economist John Maynard Keynes — is its focus only on the short term.

  • Oil Price Hits Super Bargain — Is Now the Time to Buy?

    “Buy when blood is running in the streets.” — Baron Rothschild Oil, along with gold and other commodities, is going through a selling panic due to the strong dollar (most commodities are quoted in dollars) and a slowdown in China | Read More »

  • Gold and Oil Plunge: How Long Can King Dollar Last?

    This year’s FreedomFest attracted a large number of financial gurus who use the Austrian economics of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek to make investment decisions. Every year we have the “bulls vs. bears” debate on the future of the | Read More »

  • Why the Global Economy Isn’t Ready for the Next Recession

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  • Who Won the Krugman-Moore Debate?

    “I am not a defender of socialism or big government!” — Paul Krugman It was billed as the Dream Debate of the Century, and it did not disappoint. More than 2,000 people poured into the Celebrity Ballroom at Planet Hollywood, | Read More »

  • Does Greece Have One of the Most Incompetent Governments Ever?

    Now that Greece officially has defaulted on its 1.6 billion euro ($1.1 billion) debt payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Greek voters voted “no” to the budget cuts the creditors had demanded in return for additional rescue loans, | Read More »

  • Will You Panic When the Next Crisis Hits?

    The biggest threat to your portfolio is “fear” — fear of the next bear market that might force you to sell prematurely when a temporary crisis hits. The Greek debt crisis is a case in point. On Monday, the markets | Read More »

  • What is the Best Tax Policy for Investors?

    “Trying to minimize taxes too much is one of the great causes of really dumb mistakes in investing.” –Charlie Munger Whenever I speak at the MoneyShows or other investment conferences, I frequently get asked about the tax implications of master | Read More »

  • A Tale of Three Charts: Is the American Dream Alive or Dead?

    “The American dream is dead.” — Donald Trump, 2015 “I believe we can restore the American Dream and expand it to reach more people than ever before.” — Senator Marco Rubio At this year’s FreedomFest ( in Las Vegas next | Read More »

  • Investors’ Alert: Are You Making These Two Mistakes?

    The first time I looked at the incredible chart below, I thought of the classic book, “Winning the Loser’s Game” by Charles Ellis. Last year, Richard Bernstein Advisors, using the research provided by Dalbar, put out a 20-year performance chart | Read More »

  • King Dollar — What It Means to Investors

    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. “I want to detail for you a specific event that will take | Read More »

  • Who Does Better for Stocks, Democrats or Republicans?

    At the recent Las Vegas MoneyShow, I gave a talk on “Money & Politics: A Washington Insider Reveals the Surprising Secrets of Capitol Hill.” I had people standing in the room to hear my presentation with all the seats filled. If you missed it, | Read More »

  • Los Angeles Vote to Help… and to Hurt Workers

    The Los Angeles City Council demonstrated its ignorance of Economics 101 when the panel voted this week 12-1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 for millions of workers in the country’s second-largest city. United Farm | Read More »

  • Buffett on Achieving the American Dream

    “We have an incredible economic system that unleashes the American spirit. We have a wonderful future ahead of us.” — Warren Buffett This is part 2 of my report on Warren Buffett’s 50th anniversary shareholder meeting, known as the “Woodstock of Capitalism.” | Read More »

  • Buffett Reveals ‘Trade Secret’ at 50th Anniversary Meeting

    “If investors weren’t so often wrong, we wouldn’t be rich.” – Charlie Munger As long-term subscribers know, I love to attend conferences and feel the pulse of investors. I think it makes me a better investment analyst. Over the years, I’ve | Read More »

  • Will a Weak Economy Derail the Bull Market?

    Yesterday, the first-quarter real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate came in at an anemic 0.2%, confirming my view that the economy has slowed to a crawl.

  • This ‘One Word’ Will Lead You to Success on Wall Street

    Too often investors panic and get so emotional they sell near the bottom of a bear market or get greedy and buy at the top.

  • How to Raise the Minimum Wage without Legislation

    Walmart and McDonald’s recently have raised wages to $9 an hour or more, substantially higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. They did so following a highly publicized campaign by protesters to force McDonald’s to increase wages and | Read More »