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The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market


“The number of publicly traded U.S. stocks available to investors is plumbing new lows, even as their prices brave new highs.” — Barron’s (February 24, 2014) The Wilshire 5000 Stock Index is supposed to be the ultimate measure of the U.S. stock market, but in reality there are now only 3,666 stocks in the index. […]

Who’s the Greatest Economist in the World?


I recently finished teaching an economics class at Chapman University in California, where I have been appointed a Presidential Fellow for 2014. (I’ll be returning to deliver a public lecture on April 16.) Below is a photo of the 34 students in my class and me. Each of us is holding an American eagle silver […]

French President Endorses Say’s Law!


“L’offre crée même la demande. Supply even creates demand.” — J. B. Say Earlier this month, François Hollande, the president of France who calls himself a “socialist,” endorsed Say’s law, the idea that production is more important than consumption if you want to grow the economy. This supply-side formula originally was propounded by the great […]

High Finance in a Low Tax Haven: Report from the Global Summit in the Bahamas


More than 150 attendees gathered at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for the Global Financial Summit. Our theme this year was “Market Solutions to World Problems,” as opposed to government solutions. In this tax haven just off the U.S. borders, we gained some valuable advice. Peter Schiff, president of EuroPacific Capital, was a popular […]

Are Dividend-Paying Stocks the Best Strategy during a Bear Market?


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Ben Franklin The above quote is taken from my “Maxims of Wall Street.” The third edition was just released (see details below). What’s the best way to survive and prosper when stocks slump? We are now in a full-scale market retreat that began on January 1, […]

President Obama Needs an MBA, Not a Law Degree


“The triumph of persuasion over force is a sign of a civilized society.” — Mark & Jo Ann Skousen, Persuasion vs. Force President Barack Obama should have earned an MBA or a Ph. D. in economics at the University of Chicago rather than a law degree. He then would know why wages rise, and why […]

Obama’s Attack on Investors


A major TV network asked me last week to comment on the “growing inequality issue between the rich and the middle class.” I said Americans are more concerned about other issues, such as jobs and ObamaCare, but the reporter insisted that inequality was THE issue of the day. President Obama is making inequality #1 issue […]

Witnessing an Experiment in Bad Economics


“We know it will improve lives. We know it will bring folks into the middle class. We know it will bring more money into the local economy.” — LA Councilman Mike Bonin I’m teaching “Modern Political Economy” this month at Chapman University, where I am a Presidential Fellow. Chapman is a leader in experimental economics. […]

The Wolf of Wall Street — Truth or Fiction?


“You know who didn’t have any bad years? Bernie Madoff — until he got caught.” — Ken Fisher The new Martin Scorsese film “The Wolf of Wall Street” is all the rage these days. I refuse to see the film (which I understand holds the world’s record for gratuitous use of the F-bomb, more than […]

My ‘Gross Output’ Statistic is Adopted by the Government


[In light of this week’s holiday, I am sharing one of my favorite recent columns with you today. This one first appeared on December 5, 2013, when I announced that the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis decided to adopt the Gross Output statistic that I have championed for more than 20 years. I […]

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