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Mark Skousen, Ph.D. Biographical Information

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Dr. Mark Skousen is a professional economist, financial advisor, university professor and author of more than 25 books on economics, personal finance, and investing, such as Economic Logic, A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street, The Making of Modern Economics, and The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin. He writes an award-winning financial newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies, produces the annual “FreedomFest” conference in Las Vegas, is the Chair of Management of Grantham University, and has been a regular contributor on “Kudlow & Company,” on CNBC-TV and “Nightly Business Report” on PBS. He was recently named one of the top 20 most influential living economists. Please visit:, and

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Dr. Mark Skousen is a professional economist, financial advisor, university professor and author of more than 25 books. Dr. Skousen has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Barnard College, Columbia University, Mercy College (all in New York), and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. In April 2005, Grantham University honored Dr. Skousen by renaming its business school “The Mark Skousen School of Business.” In 2001-02, he was president of the Foundation of Economic Education (FEE) in New York.  He was recently named one of the top 20 most influential living economists (

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, as well extensively on radio and online.

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. (

He is also editor of his own website,, and four trading services, Home Run Trader, Fast Money Alert, Five Star Trader, and TNT 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, Dr. Skousen is the editor of his own free e-letter, Skousen CAFE, at

He earned his Ph.D. in economics and monetary history from The George Washington University in 1977. Since then he has written more than 25 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); Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? (Capitol Press, 2005); EconoPower (Wiley, 2008); his economic textbook Economic Logic (Capital Press, 2010, 2014); The Making of Modern Economics (M. E. Sharpe, 2009), which 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); Investing in One Lesson (Regnery Publishing, 2007); Maxims of Wall Street: A Compilation of Financial Adages, Ancient Proverbs, and Worldly Wisdom (Eagle Publishing, 2011).  His latest book is A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors (Laissez Faire Books, 2013).

In 2006, on the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, he and his wife Jo Ann compiled and edited The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Regnery Publishing, 2006).

In the mid-1990s, he served as editor of the investment series, “Secrets of the Great Investors,” with Louis Rukeyser as narrator.

He is the founder of FreedomFest, an annual gathering of the freedom movement from around the world, that was held every July in Las Vegas from 2007 through 2019. FreedomFest 2021 is set to take place in Rapid City, SD. (

Skousen has lived in eight nations, and has traveled and lectured throughout the United States and in 70 countries. Born in San Diego, California, he grew up in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife, Jo Ann, and their five children have lived in Washington, D.C.; Nassau, the Bahamas; London, England; Orlando, Florida, New York and Orange County, CA.

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