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Skousen Cafe: The Ongoing Crisis — Special Report from “Emergency Session” at FreedomFest

07/19/2012

“One rarely comes across other venues in life that remotely match FreedomFest’s intellectually elevated atmosphere of free association for free minds.” — Gene Jewett, attendee More than 2,000 investors and concerned citizens gathered for FreedomFest last week at Bally’s Events Center in Las Vegas to hear from over 150 speakers, including Sen. Rand Paul, Judge […]

Skousen Investor CAFE: Demise of Small Banks Shows Unintended Consequences of Regulation

07/12/2012

Since 1990, when the United States had more than 12,000 commercial banks, the number of financial institutions in the country has nearly halved to hit 6,263. Unfortunately, a good portion of the consolidation has been driven by the unintended consequences of heavy-handed government regulation. You do not need to take my word for it, since […]

Skousen Cafe: Are We Going Back to the Gold Standard

07/05/2012

After I wrote “The Economics of the Pure Gold Standard” (FEE, 4th ed., 2010) — click here to order — many subscribers have asked me if we are going back to a gold standard. I don’t think so, unless we have a complete meltdown of our monetary system — and that’s a big if. I […]

Skousen Investor Cafe: Supreme Alert: Court Endorses “Unlimited Government!” Stock Market Falls Again…

06/28/2012

The fallout of the Supreme Court decision will be felt for months… In essence, the decision opens the floodgates for a bigger, more intrusive, more dangerous government. As George Washington warned, “Government is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Last week, I taught a group of Scouts about the U.S. Constitution. I pointed out […]

Skousen Investor Cafe: Obama Opens Door to “Ten-Bagger” Profits

06/21/2012

“Overall, new businesses account for almost every new job created in America. For start-ups and small businesses, this bill is a game changer. Because of this bill, start-ups and small businesses will have access to a bigger pool of investors.” — President Barack Obama, March 27, on the JOBS Act. Believe me, titles of popular […]

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Skousen Investor Cafe: Obama’s Private Nickname Revealed…

06/14/2012

My wife and I attended a reception last week honoring Edward Klein, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “The Amateur.” The veteran journalist interviewed more than 200 insiders in the White House to find out what kind of man President Barack Obama really is. Klein, an insider himself as former editor-in-chief of […]

Skousen Investor Cafe: My Run-in with Paul “Crude” Krugman

06/07/2012

My wife and I just returned from a 10-day lecture tour in Poland and England, where I spoke to standing room-only audiences on the growing debt crisis in the West. Most of my books now have been translated into Polish, thanks to our host, publisher extraordinaire Jan Fijor. By coincidence, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize […]

Skousen Investor Cafe: Hayek Vs. Keynes: Who’s on Top?

05/31/2012

My wife and I are here in London, England, after visiting Warsaw, Poland, a few days ago. I’m here to give a lecture on “Hayek vs. Keynes: Who’s on Top?” and to discuss how to apply “Austrian” economics to the financial world. You’ll note the name of this e-letter, the Skousen Investor CAFE. CAFE stands […]

Skousen Investor Cafe: Investors Should Beware of Tepid U.S. Money Supply Growth

05/24/2012

Investors would be wise to take notice that the U.S. money supply (M2) is growing only at a tepid 3% rate, compared to double-digit percentage rates last year. That situation suggests an economic slowdown here in the United States — good news for the Republicans, but not for investors or for the stock market. In […]

Skousen Investor Cafe: I Lead All Investment Writers in This Category

05/17/2012

As an investment newsletter editor, I probably lead all other writers in this one category: traveling and speaking. My subscribers constantly are amazed at how often I am away from home attending a conference or visiting a new country. I probably speak at two dozen economic and financial seminars each year. I’m almost constantly on […]

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