Mark Skousen, Ph. D., 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.
Since 1980, Skousen has been editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter. He also is editor of three trading services, Skousen Private Equity Trader; Skousen High-Income Alert and Skousen Fast Money Alert. In 1995, he served as editor of the investment series, “Secrets of the Great Investors,” with Louis Rukeyser as narrator.
He is a former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, a columnist to Forbes magazine (1997-2001), and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, Liberty, Reason, Human Events, the Daily Caller, Christian Science Monitor and The Journal of Economic Perspectives. He has appeared on ABC News, CNBC Power Lunch, CNN, Fox News and C-SPAN Book TV. In 2008-09, he was a regular contributor to Larry Kudlow & Co. on CNBC.
His economic bestsellers include “Economics on Trial” (Irwin, 1991), “Puzzles and Paradoxes on Economics” (Edward Elgar, 1997), “The Making of Modern Economics” (M. E. Sharpe, 2001, 2009), “The Big Three in Economics” (M. E. Sharpe, 2007), “EconoPower” (Wiley, 2008) and “Economic Logic” (2000, 2010). In 2009, “The Making of Modern Economics” won the Choice Book Award for Outstanding Academic Title.
His financial bestsellers include “The Complete Guide to Financial Privacy” (Simon & Schuster, 1983), “High Finance on a Low Budget” (Bantam, 1981), co-authored with his wife Jo Ann, “Scrooge Investing” (Little Brown, 1995; McGraw Hill, 1999), and “Investing in One Lesson” (Regnery, 2007).
In 2006, he compiled and edited “The Completed Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin (Regnery).”
In honor of his work in economics, finance and management, Grantham University renamed its business school, “The Mark Skousen School of Business.”
Dr. Skousen has lived in eight nations and traveled and lectured throughout the United States and 70 countries. He grew up in Portland, Ore. He and his wife, Jo Ann, and five children have lived in Washington, D.C.; Nassau, the Bahamas; London, England; Orlando, Fla.; and New York.
Nicholas Vardy has a unique background that has proven his knack for making money in different markets around the world. He is currently Editor of The Global Guru, a free weekly e-newsletter, Bull Market Alert, a trading service that focuses on making short-term profits in the hottest markets in the world, Triple Digit Trader, a fast-paced trading service designed specifically to deliver big, fast triple-digit winners, month after month, and The Alpha Investor Letter, a monthly service focused on longer term investments in global markets. He is also Chief Investment Officer of Global Guru Capital LLC, where he manages separate accounts for high net worth individuals.
Mr. Vardy has been a regular commentator on CNN International and the Fox Business Network. He has also published articles in The New Republic, The World and I, and The Baker & McKenzie Legal Review. The Global Guru/Nicholas Vardy has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fox Business News, CBS MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance and MSN Money Central.
Mr. Vardy graduated from Stanford with a B.A. — with honors and distinction — in both Economics and History, and he also earned an M.A in Modern European Intellectual History. After winning a Fulbright Scholarship, he earned a J.D. degree at Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. In 1997, Mr. Vardy earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, becoming one of the fewer than 100 attorneys in the United States to do so.
Mr. Vardy is founder of the London Junto, a regular gathering in the heart of London’s hedge fund community, where leading London hedge fund managers and investment professionals meet to debate the investment issues of the day. The London Junto regularly attracts investment managers who represent over $40 billion of hedge fund assets, and the Junto has quickly gained a reputation as the most sophisticated investment forum of its kind in London.
When not uncovering investment opportunities for his subscribers and investors, Mr. Vardy is a keep-fit enthusiast and an avid student of classical music.
Chris Versace is the Editor of PowerTrend Brief — a FREE, weekly electronic newsletter, where he shares his thoughts on the most powerful trends affecting investments today (“PowerTrends”).
He also writes Growth & Dividend Report, a paid monthly newsletter that helps individual investors profit through buying the companies poised to win big in the 8 PowerTrends.
His third service is PowerTrader, a fast-paced trading service combining the benefits of equity investing with the profit potential of PowerTrends to deliver quick gains.
Chris follows eight proprietary PowerTrends. A PowerTrend is a shift that shapes and impacts consumer behavior, forcing companies to make fundamental changes to their businesses in order to succeed.
Each week in his free e-letter, he will share his insights on what’s happening in the markets. His commentary focuses on the PowerTrends he follows — helping you understand the markets better and giving you unique insights into areas of the market that may not be familiar to you.
Chris is a weekly columnist at The Washington Times and appears as a guest on Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times each Friday. He is also the Director of Research at Think 20/20, an independent equity research and corporate access firm located in the Washington, D.C., area.
Chris also has written The Thematic Investor and served as a portfolio manager of Agile Capital Management (ACM), a thematically driven alternative investment fund. The groundwork for ACM was laid during his tenure as senior vice president of equity research at Friedman Billings Ramsey, where he produced award-winning, differentiated research coverage using an ecosystem perspective of the mobile phone industry and enabling component technologies, including RF semiconductors (RFID, GPS), LEDs and display technologies. Prior to FBR, Chris was an equity analyst at both Salomon Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jennrette.
Chris has been quoted extensively in The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, The Street, USA Today and other publications. He has participated in numerous industry panels, including the Northern Virginia Tech Council, We Media and others, and has appeared on Fox Business, CNBC, CNBC Europe, CNNfn and others news/business programs.
Chris earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Mathematics at Fairfield University before receiving a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance at Fordham University.
Taking over the reigns from his dad, Dick Fabian, back in 1992, Doug has continued to uphold the reputation of the newsletter as the #1 risk-adjusted market timer as ranked by Hulbert’s Investment Digest.
Doug became a member of the “SmartMoney 30″ in 1999 — a listing of the most influential individuals in the mutual fund industry. In the feature, SmartMoney magazine exclaims that Doug is the best-known “trend follower” among the $56 billion (and growing) group of financial advisors.
In 2001, Doug wrote “Maverick Investing,” published by McGraw-Hill. He also regularly appears at seminars around the country; stands out on the pages of the largest newspapers (The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times); and speaks on national television (CNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg Forum).
For more than 35 years, Successful ETF Investing (formerly the Telephone Switch Newsletter and Successful Investing) has produced double-digit percentage annual gains. Doug has become known for his expert knowledge and timely use of innovative tools, such as exchange-traded funds, bear funds and enhanced-index funds to profit in any market climate.
Paul Dykewicz is the editor of Eagle Daily Investor and the editorial director of Eagle Financial Publications in Washington, D.C. He writes and edits for the website, as well as edits investment newsletters, time-sensitive trading alerts and other reports published by Eagle. He also is an accomplished, award-winning journalist who has written for Dow Jones, USA Today and other publications, as well as served as business editor of a daily newspaper in Baltimore. Paul received his MBA in finance from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a two-time president of the school’s Finance Club. In addition, Paul has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. Outside of work, Paul volunteers with a faith-based organization to assist the poor in Southeast Washington, D.C., to learn personal finance skills needed to lift themselves out of debt.
Wayne Ellis has been involved in the financial publishing industry for more than 15 years. During that time, he has helped to edit, to market and to launch products and services for Ernst & Young, LLC, Fidelity Investments, Agora, LLC, and Eagle Financial Publications. He currently puts his broad-based experience and industry expertise to use as a contributing writer for Eagle Financial Publications. He also is a graduate of Arizona State University.
Matthew Moniz is an assistant editor for Eagle Financial Publications. He writes, edits and posts articles for the website, as well as edits and assists in the online distribution of Eagle’s investment newsletters, trading alerts, e-letters and other reports. An alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, Matthew graduated with a B.A. in psychology and English.
Jim Woods has covered the economy and stocks for nearly two decades. His varied experience as a financial journalist, stockbroker and money manager provides him with unique insights into the complex world of investing. He is the co-author of “Billion Dollar Green: Profit from the Eco Revolution.” Jim is a frequent contributor to numerous investing sites, including Traders Reserve, Main Street Investor, Investorplace, StreetAuthority, TradingAuthority and Marketwatch. Jim holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a former U.S. Army paratrooper. A self-described “radical for capitalism,” he celebrates the virtue of making money from his horse ranch in Southern California. Follow Jim on Twitter: @Woodsish.
Neil George is the former editor of Personal Finance and other investment journals published in the United States, Germany and other nations. Prior to his career in financial media, he worked for more than two decades in six continents in senior positions in investment banking, bond trading, brokerage and asset management companies. His former firms include Merrill Lynch International Bank in Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as U.S. Bank and Investec PLC. In addition, he worked to build a collection of independent public and private brokerage and fund management companies in Los Angeles and New York. He also serves as an adjunct professor and board member of Webster University’s Walker School of Business and Technology. He has an MBA in international finance from Webster University in Europe and his bachelor’s degree is in economics from Kings College.