Who is he: Dr. Mark Skousen is the editor of mskousen.com and the editor of three trading services, Skousen Hedge Fund Trader, Skousen High Income Alert and Skousen Turnaround Trader. Skousen earned his Ph.D. in economics and monetary history from George Washington University in 1977. Since then Skousen has written over 25 nonfiction books, including the free market textbook Economic Logic and the acclaimed The Making of Modern Economics.
Among Mark Skousen's other works are Investing In One Lesson, EconoPower, the 3rd edition of Economic Logic (his macro/micro economics textbook), Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes? (2005), The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (2006), and The Big Three in Economics (2007).
Occasionally, Skousen writes for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as Human Events Online, The Daily Caller, Liberty Magazine and several other online and print publications. From 2005-2007, Mark served as the Chairman of Investment U, where his investment research reached more than 250,000 readers three times a week. In 2006, Skousen represented the Ben Franklin descendants and spoke at the First Issue Ceremony of the United States Post Office in Philadelphia.
In honor of his work in economics, finance and management, Grantham University renamed its business school "The Mark Skousen School of Business."
Skousen is the founder and producer of FreedomFest, an annual conference held in Las Vegas and billed as the world's largest gathering of free minds on liberty. The conference attracts thousands of attendees from across the country and the world, and across the political spectrum. It also attracts the best and brightest speakers, including Steve Forbes, John Mackay, Ben Stein, Larry Kudlow, Steve Moore, Dinesh D'Souza and many others. Sessions are not limited to politics only, but cover liberty issues in economics, finances, science & technology, art, literature, health and much more.
Background: Mark Skousen worked his way through college at Brigham Young University, served a two year mission for the Mormon Church in Latin America, and returned to BYU, where Skousen was editorial page editor of the student newspaper and a graduate teacher of economics. When Skousen graduated in 1972, he had a Master's degree in economics and a job as an economist for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia that Mark gained his Washington sources of congressmembers and other insiders and his research know-how.
After leaving the CIA in 1975, Mark Skousen became editor of the "Inflation Survival Letter" and also earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1977 from George Washington University. After living briefly in London the Skousen family moved to Winter Park, Florida, where Mark was appointed Adjunct Professor of Economics and Finance at Rollins College.
For two years, Skousen taught at Columbia Business School, Barnard College and Columbia University, and now holds the Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University. Mark Skousen continues to write his newsletter, "Forecasts & Strategies," as well as managing several trading services.
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