Dr. Mark Skousen

Investment U Advisory Panelist

mark_skousenDr. Mark Skousen is a professional economist, financial advisor, university professor and author of more than 20 books. Dr. Skousen has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Barnard College at Columbia University and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In April 2005, Grantham University honored Dr. Skousen by renaming its School of Business "The Mark Skousen School of Business." (Read the press release from Grantham University.) In 2001-02, he was president of the Foundation of Economic Education (FEE) in New York.

From 1972-75, Dr. Skousen was an economic analyst for the CIA. Since then, he has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology, and other Fortune 500 companies. He has been a columnist for Forbes magazine (1997-01), and has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, Liberty, Reason, and The Journal of Economic Perspectives. He has appeared on ABC News, CNBC Power Lunch, CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN Book TV.

Since 1980, Dr. Skousen has been editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter published by Eagle Publishing in Washington, D.C. (www.markskousen.com).

He is also editor of his own website, www.mskousen.com, and three trading services, Skousen Hedge Fund Trader; High Income Alert; and Turnaround Trader.

From 2005-2007, Mark was the Chairman of Investment U, one of the largest investment e-letters in the country, with more than 300,000 subscribers. Now, Mark is the editor of his own free e-letter, The Worldly Philosophers, at www.worldlyphilosophers.com.

He earned his Ph.D. in economics and monetary history from George Washington University in 1977. Since then he has written more than 20 books, including The Structure of Production (New York University Press, 1990); Economics on Trial (McGraw Hill, 1991); Puzzles and Paradoxes in Economics (Edward Elgar Publishers, 1997); Economic Logic (Capital Press, 2000); The Making of Modern Economics (M. E. Sharpe, 2001); and The Power of Economic Thinking (Foundation for Economic Education, 2002).

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; and Scrooge Investing (Little Brown, 1995; McGraw Hill, 1999). His latest book is The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Regnery Publishing, 2005). Also published in 2005 was Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? (Capitol Press, 2005); and in 2006, M. E. Sharpe will publish The Big Three in Economics. See Mark Skousen's Recommended Books.

Dr. Skousen also served as editor of the investment series, "Secrets of the Great Investors," with Louis Rukeyser as narrator.

Mark is the founder of FreedomFest, an annual gathering of the freedom movement from around the world, held every May in Las Vegas (www.freedomfest.com).

Dr. Skousen has lived in eight nations, and has traveled and lectured throughout the United States and in 70 countries. He grew up in Portland, OR. He and his wife, Jo Ann, and their five children have lived in Washington, D.C.; Nassau, the Bahamas; London, England; Orlando, FL; and New York.

Read Investment U's interview with Dr. Mark Skousen, past Chairman and current Advisory Panelist for Investment U.

You can view previous articles by Mark Skousen below, or explore the Investment U archives.

View the complete Mark Skousen archives here.

Is Your Name on the List?

by Mark Skousen

This week I received my copy of Forbes magazine's "400 Richest People in America." As a former columnist for Forbes, I always look forward to its ranking of the super-rich that comes out every fall. Over the years, I've met around 20 of the Forbes 400, including mega investors Warren Buffett, Ken Fisher, Michael Milken and Ron Baron... Read On…

When Stocks Tank

by Mark Skousen

On May 28, 1962 - 51 years ago - Wall Street suffered a mini-crash. The New York Stock Exchange average had its biggest one-day drop in over 35 years. The next day the newspapers reported: BLACK MONDAY PANIC ON WALL STREET, INVESTORS LOSE BILLIONS AS MARKET BREAKS, NATION FEARS NEW 1929 DEBACLE Read On…

Is it Really Possible to Make Millions in Real Estate Without Paying Taxes?

by Mark Skousen

Despite all the negatives, investing in rental properties still has a certain allure to investors, especially those who are down on their luck and want to make a lot of money fast. The fact is real estate still offers a person the chance to turn a small investment into a large one fairly quickly if you play your cards right and are willing to be an entrepreneur in the face of high risks. Read On…