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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  • What’s the Ideal: Fair, Flat or No Tax?

    “A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed.” — Ben Franklin At this year’s FreedomFest, in memory of the 100th anniversary of the 16th Amendment (federal income tax), we had a panel on “What is the Ideal: Fair, Flat | Read More »

  • Can You Beat the Market?

    “FreedomFest is where the best ideas and strategies are fleshed out. I attend all three days.” – Steve Forbes I just returned from my big show in Las Vegas, FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” and we had | Read More »

  • Who Won the Read Book Award at FreedomFest?

    Today, I awarded George Gilder the annual LEONARD E. READ BOOK AWARD. See photo below. July 11, 2013 FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” gave out the award at this morning’s opening ceremonies in honor of Gilder’s new | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Are Precious Metals a Good Inflation Hedge?

    “Gold isn’t such a hot inflation hedge.” — Alexander Green My friend Alex Green, investment director of the Oxford Club, recently made the bold statement that precious metals have been lousy inflation hedges. He wrote, “Gold hit a high of | Read More »

  • 100 Years Ago: What a Difference!

    “The world in 1913 was more modern than we remember, more similar to our own times than we expect, more globalized than ever before. The Gold Standard underpinned global flows of goods and money… Steamships and sub-sea cables encircled the | Read More »

  • The Fed Plans to End Easy Money? Good!

    The markets — stocks, bonds, gold, and commodities — tanked after Ben Bernanke gave his most explicit signal yet that the Fed plans to end its easy-money policy of quantitative easing as “soon” as late 2013. Long-term Treasury bond rates | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: The Rise of Interest Rates: What it Really Means

    The Federal Reserve controls interest rates, right? Not so fast. Ben Bernanke and Co. set the Discount Rate, the interest rate that banks pay to the Fed to borrow money short term. But they have a much harder time controlling | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: How Fiscal Insanity Destroyed Rome… and Now America

    “In the end, there was no money left to pay the army, build forts or ships, or protect the frontier. The barbarian invasions were the final blow to the Roman state in the fifth century, [caused] by three centuries of | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Make Austerity Your Friend

    “The solution to our problems is found in business, outside of government.” – Tony Blair, Milken conference 2013 “There is much revenue in economy.” — Ben Franklin SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: At 9 p.m. EDT tonight, I appear on John Stossel’s Fox | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Are the Golden Days Over?

    “I hate gold. It does not pay a dividend, it has no value, and you can’t work out what it should or shouldn’t be worth… It is the last refuge of the desperate.” – Jeremy Grantham, U.K. value investor and | Read More »

  • Austerity vs. Stimulus: Has Krugman Won the Debate?

    Austerity vs. Stimulus: Has Krugman Won the Debate?

    Is this was victory looks like?

  • Skousen CAFE: What’s the Best “Austrian” Indicator to Predict a Crash?

    My new book, “A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors” will be coming out this summer (just in time for FreedomFest in July). It will be published by Laissez Faire Books. In this book, I discuss the | Read More »

  • The Rich and Famous Gather

    “The solutions to our problems are found in business, outside of government.” — Tony Blair, 2013 Milken Conference Since the 1970s, I’ve been a big fan of attending conferences as a great way to learn, network, socialize and enjoy a | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Consider a Business Leader a Hero

    Our society does not give nearly enough credit to business leaders who create jobs, behave ethically and provide products and services that enhance our lives. To that end, I was given an opportunity to serve as the keynote speaker in | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: The New Working Class — The Elderly!

    My wife and I just returned from Hawaii, where we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and gave talks at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a free-market think tank ( In light of April 15, I talked about tax policy in theory and practice, explaining that most tax policies violate the accountability principle, i.e., that those who benefit should pay (the user pay concept) and adding that most taxes distort economic incentives and hurt economic growth.

  • Skousen CAFE: Positive or Negative about the Stock Market?

    “Bull markets climb a wall of worry.” — Old Wall Street saying I have on my bookshelf a series of books with opposite titles: “The Alpha Strategy” and the “Omega Strategy;” “Asia Rising” and “Asia Falling;” “Free to Choose” and | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: The 21st Century Gold Standard: Bitcoin!

    Gold and silver have been in a bear market for the past two years, but a private alternative currency is all the rage and has tripled in value this year! Bitcoin is a private digital currency, created in 2009, which | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Austrian Economics in the Bible

    “This man began to build and was not able to finish.” — Luke 14:30 I’ve enjoyed watching parts of “The Bible,” the History Channel’s series on the Bible from the story of Adam and Eve to the resurrection of Jesus | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Fall of America

    “The United States was lucky to have George Washington as a founding father, because he had that same civic virtue, and of course he had read about and admired Cincinnatus.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger Last week, I drove my car from | Read More »

  • Skousen CAFE: Romney’s Revenge: Private Equity Stocks Soar

    “Free enterprise has done more to increase the standard of living of Americans than all the government programs combined.” – Mitt Romney I am speaking at the Investment U conference this week in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the focus is | Read More »