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“We are now suffering from a negative yield curve, where short-term interest rates are higher than long-term rates. As a result, we are suffering a bear market on Wall Street and will probably suffer a recession in 2023 and maybe even a monetary crisis.” — Skousen CAFÉ, January 5, 2023 “There’s always more than one cockroach.” — […]
“Adam Smith was a radical and revolutionary in his time—just as those of us who preach laissez faire are in our time.” – Milton Friedman “The Wealth of Nations is the most important book ever written about capitalism and its moral ramifications. It was intended to make men better, not just better off.” – Jerry […]
“A cow for her milk, A hen for her eggs, An orchard for its fruit, Bees for their honey, And stocks for their dividends.” — JOHN B. WILLIAMS From time to time, I get letters from people who have come into a considerable sum of money from an inheritance, an insurance policy, or having sold […]
This Little-Known Section of the Constitution Made America the World’s #1 SuperPower By Mark Skousen “America’s Economist” There is always one, more prosaic, test of a nation’s position: Are people trying to get into it; or to get out of it? I think we know the answer to that in America’s case; the United States […]
“If the national debt rises for 60 years at the rate it has risen during the previous 30, it will then exceed $1.5 quadrillion. (A quadrillion is a thousand trillions).” — George Will (2023) The debate over raising the national debt limit has also sparked a longtime issue: Is the national debt at $31.5 trillion getting out […]
“The public is right during the trends, but wrong at both ends.” — Humphrey Neill (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 47) I’ve had the privilege of meeting and learning from some of the best and brightest in my lifetime — politicians Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton… economists Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek… and financial gurus Burt Malkiel and Jeremy Siegal. I’ve known and corresponded with the […]
“Bears make headlines, bulls make money.” — Maxims of Wall Street Last week, I had a big debate with Jon Wolfenbarger, an investment writer who is super bearish, on the Tom Woods Show. It was a fast-moving debate. Watch the sparks fly here. Cyclical traders say that, “As January goes, so goes the year” (“Maxims […]
“You know who didn’t have any bad years? Bernie Madoff — until he got caught.” — Ken Fisher What is the most dangerous threat to your wealth today? You have several choices: Inflation Taxation Bear markets Bad investment advice Investment fraud With all these threats, one wonders if anyone can make it on Wall Street! […]
“In the last 30 years, the reliability of empirical work and estimations has risen dramatically. Which is good. But few new important ideas have really been generated.” — Tyler Cowen (George Mason University) Earlier this month, the American Economic Association (AEA) had its annual meeting in New Orleans. Normally, I go to the AEA meetings, but not […]
Indiana Jones (A.K.A. Mark Skousen) Enters the Temple of Doom and Gloom! By Mark Skousen “If you want to be a good archeologist, you gotta get out of the library!” – Indiana Jones’s advice to students As many of you know, in addition to writing my investment newsletter, I have been a part-time […]