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Mark Skousen, Ph. D., is the editor of the monthly investment newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, as well as three weekly trading services, Skousen High-Income Alert, Hedge Fund Trader and Fast Money Alert. He also is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. He earned his Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University in 1977. He has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Grantham University, Barnard College, Mercy College, Rollins College and as a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He also has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology and other Fortune 500 companies.

How the Los Angeles Minimum Wage Vote Fails to Help Many 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..

May 21, 2015 @ 3:16 pm with 1 Comment

Warren 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..

May 14, 2015 @ 12:17 pm with 0 Comments

Warren Buffett Reveals ‘Trade Secret’

“If investors weren’t so often wrong, we wouldn’t be rich.” – Charlie Munger As long-term subscribers know, I love to attend..

May 7, 2015 @ 2:46 pm with 0 Comments

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..

April 30, 2015 @ 11:59 am with 0 Comments

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.

April 23, 2015 @ 3:45 pm with 0 Comments

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..

April 16, 2015 @ 2:29 pm with 3 Comments

Are There Better Options than Annuities for Income Investors?

“When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is.” –Oscar Wilde..

April 9, 2015 @ 5:16 pm with 0 Comments

Steve Moore Talks about How to Win the Presidency in 2016, Unions and Money

I spent time last weekend with Steve Moore, the Heritage Foundation’s chief economist and a writer for The Wall Street Journal.

April 2, 2015 @ 10:59 am with 2 Comments

Are We Headed for Another 1937-Style Recession?

Just as the economy was recovering from the Great Depression in the 1930s, suddenly industrial production fell by 32%, unemployment rose to..

March 26, 2015 @ 12:50 pm with 0 Comments

Why Healthcare Investing Will Increase in Importance

Expect more money to be spent to pay for senior citizens' medical expenses, nursing homes, etc.

March 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm with 0 Comments

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