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Mark Skousen

Forecasts & Strategies, High-Income Alert


Mark Skousen, PhD, was recently named one of the top 20 living economists in the world ( He has been a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in California since 2014, and has the unique distinction of having worked for the government (CIA), non-profits (president of FEE), and several for-profit companies. In 2004-05, Dr. Skousen taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. Since 1980, he has been editor-in-chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter ( Dr. Skousen was an analyst for the CIA, a columnist for Forbes magazine, chairman of Investment U, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He is the editor of his own Web site,, and is the producer of FreedomFest, "the world's largest gathering of free minds," which meets every July in Las Vegas ( Dr. Skousen has written for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has made regular appearances on CNBC's Kudlow & Co., and C-SPAN Book TV. His bestsellers include The Making of Modern Economics, Investing in One Lesson, and The Maxims of Wall Street. In 2006, Dr. Skousen compiled and edited The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Regnery). His latest book is A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors. In honor of Dr. Skousen's work in economics, finance, and management, Grantham University renamed its business school The Mark Skousen School of Business. Based on his work, The Structure of Production (NYU Press, 1990), the federal government began publishing in Spring 2014 a broader, more accurate measure of the economy, Gross Output (GO), every quarter along with GDP.

Jo Ann Skousen


Jo Ann Skousen is co-producer of FreedomFest and founding director of the Anthem Film Festival. She has coauthored books on finance and economics with Mark Skousen and wrote the monthly Money Letter for Women until it merged with Mark Skousen's Forecasts & Strategies. The Skousens have traveled to nearly 70 countries, and Jo Ann frequently provides cultural insights for conference attendees. She is excited to create an exclusive experience for you as we cruise the Danube together.

Richard Zundritsch

Austrian Economics Center & Hayek Institute

Richard Zundritsch holds a Master's and PhD in law from the University of Vienna. He is an Independent financial advisor based in Switzerland and specializes in capital markets, wealth management, succession planning, and venture capital. Before founding his company, Dr. Zundritsch worked in international corporate finance for a number of global banks. He is also a long-standing board member of the Austrian Economics Center and the Hayek Institute.

Barbara Kolm

Austrian Economics Center

Founding Director

Barbara Kolm is founding director of the Austrian Economics Center and also serves as president of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut, both think tanks with international outreach that are dedicated to the Austrian School of Economics and the promotion of individual freedom, responsibility, and prosperity. She is also a professor of Austrian Economics at the University Donja Gorica. Ms. Kolm publishes economic analyses, provides expertise on national, state, and municipal budgets, and serves as a consultant for structural reforms and best practices. She holds degrees in business studies and economics and serves as CEO in private enterprises as well as NGOs and does ongoing academic research and lecturing at universities.

Daniel Zurbruegg

Swiss Infinity Global Investments

Founder and Managing Partner

Daniel Zurbruegg is the founder and managing partner of Swiss Infinity Global Investments, whose services go far beyond what one normally expects from an investment management firm; its turnkey solutions allow Americans to access the best investment opportunities worldwide and at the same time diversify investments in order to reduce the US and US dollar investment exposure. Born and raised in Switzerland, Mr. Zurbruegg managed investments for several family offices and large corporations, including Philip Morris, before going into private client investment management. After building up a private bank in Zurich, he started his own company that led to the creation of Swiss Infinity Global Investments.

David Phillips

Estate Planning Specialists, Inc.


David Phillips is CEO and founder of Estate Planning Specialists, LLC. With clients in every state, his companies have assisted thousands of Americans for 40 years disinheriting the IRS through properly planning their estates. Mr. Phillips' services have been recommended by many highly respected investment advisors and financial editors including: Dr. Mark Skousen, Dr. David Eifrig, Richard Band, William Donoghue, Adrian Day, Terry Savage, Suze Orman, Andrew Tobias, Robert Carlson, John Mauldin, and Tony Sagami. Mr. Phillips is the author of the bestselling books Estate Planning Made Easy (Kaplan, 2007, third edition), Growth Without Risk, The Ten Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes, The Future of Retirement Savings, What the Tax Man Giveth, the Tax Man Taketh and his most recent publication, The Ten Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. He has been a featured speaker at investment conferences throughout the country and has been a frequent guest on national television including: Money Talks, The Financial Advisors, Bloomberg, The Fox News, and CNBC.


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