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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  • My Meeting with Top Government Economic Officials

    A couple of weeks ago, I announced the good news that the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the government agency that compiles and publishes GDP every quarter, will be publishing a new economic statistic every quarter along with Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

  • Did Janet Yellen Really Warn Us about the Housing Bubble?

    The media recently has lauded Janet Yellen, Obama’s choice to become the next Fed chairman, for her prescient warnings in the mid-2000s that the housing bubble could cause a financial crisis. For example, Alan Blinder wrote in the Wall Street | Read More »

  • Should Insider Trading Be Legal?

    “If companies would tell us more, insider trading would be worth less.” — James Surowiecki, New Yorker magazine In a stinging rebuke for the U.S. government, a Texas jury acquitted billionaire Mark Cuban of insider trading. The Securities and Exchange | Read More »

  • Is Capitalism All about Dog-Eat-Dog Competition?

    “Markets are a vast cooperative enterprise in which buyers and sellers work together to set prices and allocate resources. Transactions occur without coercion and, in fact, occur only with cooperation.” – Jason Voss, CFA, director, CFA Institute Yesterday, I played | Read More »

  • Replacing Keynes: A New “General” Model of the Economy

    “How can I possibly put a new idea into your heads, if I do not first remove your delusions?” — Robert Heinlein Keynesian economics has created much mischief in the world — a bias toward inflation and easy money, chronic | Read More »

  • Minimum Wage Minimizes Job Growth

    Job growth has been the bleakest aspect of the seemingly never-ending Great Recession. It is not even keeping up with population growth, and more and more Americans are dropping out of the labor force (only 63% of all adult Americans | Read More »

  • The Fed is out of Control

    “The establishment of Central Banking removes the checks of bank credit expansion, and puts the inflationary engine into operation.” – Murray N. Rothbard, “What Has Government Done to Our Money?” Last Monday morning’s Yahoo Finance headline was most appropriate: “Markets | Read More »

  • The 9/11 Investment Strategy: Preparing for the Unexpected

    “It’s easier to prepare than to predict.” — Hank Brock I gave my first talk about the 9/11 terrorist attacks yesterday at the New York City chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). I moved to New York | Read More »

  • How to Protect Yourself from a Stock Market Crash

    “Look out! A 1987-Style Crash is Coming.” — Marc Faber Last month, Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, predicted that a 1987 crash “will happen in the back half of 2013.” In 1987, the stock market | Read More »

  • I Too Have a Dream

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. | Read More »

  • Deficits Fall: Is Gridlock Good?

    A mild recovery in the economy, combined with tax hikes and a spending slowdown, resulted in a sharply falling annual federal deficit — from $1.5 trillion two years ago to $600 billion today. Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute has | Read More »

  • Whom Would You Trust with Your Savings: Your Grandfather or Big Brother?

    Today’s Skousen CAFÉ features a guest column from investment writer Dennis Miller, while I am attending and speaking at the San Francisco MoneyShow. His column on Big Brother spending by the Federal government is right on target, and very much | Read More »

  • Why Are Stock Prices so Volatile?

    At the invitation of Jan Fijor, a publisher of free-market books in Warsaw, Poland, I just completed writing an introduction to the Polish edition of Carl Menger’s “Grundsätze,” translated “Principles of Economics” in English.

  • Is the Stock Market about to Roll Over?

    Stock analyst Eric Parnell recently wrote a column in Seeking Alpha, “Another Troubling Sign for Stocks.” He wrote, “U.S. stocks are increasingly traveling this upside path alone, as many other major global markets and asset classes that are highly correlated | Read More »

  • 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 »