Who’s Right about the Market, the Bulls or the Bears?

Mark Skousen

Named one of the "Top 20 Living Economists," Dr. Skousen is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books.

“Bears make headlines, bulls make money.” — Old Wall Street saying.

Today at FreedomFest, the bulls Alex Green (Oxford Club) and Keith Fitz-Gerald (Money Map Press) are taking on the bears Peter Schiff (Euro Pacific Capital) and Bert Dohmen (Wellington Letter). I’ll be the moderator, although I am definitely biased toward the bulls.

The event will be live streamed at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT). Click here to see it live at no charge.

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Despite Fed policies, terrorism, the oil crisis and the Brexit vote in which U.K. citizens chose to withdraw from the European Union, the bulls are still running high after six years. It is still conceivable to end the year at an all-time high. To quote George Foreman, “This market can sure take a punch.”

But how long can it last? It depends a lot on how long interest rates can stay low.

Live (Streaming) from Las Vegas: FreedomFest!

Big News: For the first time in our history, we’ve decided to live stream FreedomFest, starting at 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT) on Wednesday, July 13, until 12:30 pm PDT (3:30pm EDT) on Saturday, July 16. All you have to do is give us your email address (we agree not to sell it to third-party vendors). Click here to see what we are offering, and be sure to watch the preview.

We will be live-streaming only the events taking place in the Celebrity Ballroom. Another 200 breakout sessions will be available only to those who attend. Check out the full schedule of live streamed events in the Celebrity Ballroom.

FreedomFest 2016

            BBreak Out Sessions

            CCocktail Reception

            GGeneral Session

            SSpecial Event

 

JULY 13 • WEDNESDAY
  5:00pm –  5:15pm G Mark & Jo Ann Skousen: Welcome and Introduction

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Terry Brock, Jo Ann Skousen, MarkSkousen

 
  5:15pm –  5:25pm G Wayne Allyn Root: Is Freedom Rising?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Wayne Allyn Root

 
  5:25pm –  5:40pm G Steve Forbes: Reviving America

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Steve Forbes

 
  5:40pm –  5:55pm G Lawrence Reed, Real Heroes: Inspirational Stories of Character in the Defense of Liberty

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Lawrence Reed

 
  5:55pm –  6:10pm G Larry Elder, The Axis of Indoctrination: How Hollywood, Academia and Media Brainwash America

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Larry Elder

 
  6:10pm –  6:25pm G Michael Medved: The Year of Rage and What To Do About It

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Michael Medved

 
  6:25pm –  6:30pm G Grand Processional to the Welcome Cocktail Reception

Celebrity Ballroom

FreedomFest 2016

            BBreak Out Sessions

            CCocktail Reception

            GGeneral Session

            SSpecial Event

 

JULY 14 • THURSDAY
  7:50am –  8:00am G Meet and Greet with Emcee Terry Brock

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Terry Brock

 
  8:00am –  8:30am G The Big Bull vs Bear Debate (Bert Dohmen, Keith Fitz-Gerald, Alexander Green, Peter Schiff)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Mark Skousen

Speakers: Bert Dohmen, Keith Fitz-Gerald, Alexander Green, Peter Schiff

 
  8:30am –  8:40am G Darrell MacMullin, Enabling of a Global Currency for Today’s Global Commerce: Centralized or Decentralized? The Re-Invention of Gold.

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Darrell MacMullin

Diamond Sponsors: GoldMoney

 
  8:40am –  9:00am G Richard Fink, Political Strategy: Applying Hayek’s Four Steps to Social Transformation

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Richard Fink

 
  9:00am –  9:30am G Libertarian CEOs: Creating a New Brand of Capitalism (John Allison, Bill Bonner, Jennifer Grossman, John Mackey, Mark Skousen)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Mark Skousen

Speakers: John Allison, Bill Bonner, Jennifer Grossman, John Mackey

Exhibitors: The Atlas Society

 
 10:00am –  10:25am G Power Moves: Latest Trends in Energy and Investment (Harvey Howell, M.A. Plummer, Steve Stengell)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Dan Mangru

Speakers: Harvey Howell, M.A. Plummer, Steve Stengell

 
 10:25am –  10:35am G Paul Hornbach: How to Profit from the Upcoming Wave of Technological Metals Shortages

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Paul Hornbach

Exhibitors: Swissmetal Panama (SMH)

 
 10:35am –  11:00am G Money Streams: New Ways to Profit From Capitalism (Rich Checkan, Josh Crumb, Darren Marks, Alf Temme, Daniel Zurbruegg)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Gary Alexander

Speakers: Rich Checkan, Josh Crumb, Darren Marks, Alf Temme, Daniel Zurbruegg

Diamond Sponsors: GoldMoney

Exhibitors: RomFab, Grom Social

 
 11:00am –  11:50am G John Mackey & John Roemer, Capitalism vs Socialism: Which is the Best Model of Success?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Gary Alexander, Mark Skousen

Speakers: John Mackey, John Roemer

 
  1:00pm –  1:50pm G Judge Andrew Napolitano: Do We Still Have A Constitution?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Gary Alexander, Terry Brock

Speakers: Judge Andrew Napolitano

 
  2:00pm –  2:50pm B Peter Schiff: The Junkie Economy–How Monetary Dependency Created a Zombie

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Peter Schiff

Exhibitors: Euro Pacific Capital

 
  3:20pm –  4:10pm B Just Business: Can Good Profits Save Capitalism? (John Allison, Rob Bradley, Steven Bradley, Stephen Hicks)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: John Allison, Rob Bradley, Steven Bradley, Stephen Hicks

 
  4:20pm –  5:10pm B Dinesh D’Souza & Michael Shermer: DEBATE Is the Bible the Good Book or Bad Theology?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Michael Medved

Speakers: Dinesh D’Souza, Michael Shermer

 
  6:30pm –  6:45pm G Yaron Brook, Shrugging the Stigma of Success

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Yaron Brook

 
  6:45pm –  6:55pm G Will Ruger: Can We Keep America Safe and Free? Toward a Better U. S. Foreign Policy

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Will Ruger

Exhibitors: Charles Koch Institute

 
  6:55pm –  7:00pm G Alexander McCobin, The Future of the Student Liberty Movement

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Alexander McCobin

 
  7:00pm –  8:15pm G MOCK TRIAL on Global Warming

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Michael Medved

Speakers: Kerry Emanuel, Will Happer, Patrick Michaels, Michael G. Pravica, Michael Shermer, James Taylor

 
  8:15pm –  8:45pm G The Freedom Agenda in 2017 & Beyond

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Noah Wall

Speakers: Senator Ben Sasse

Exhibitors: FreedomWorks

 
JULY 15 • FRIDAY
  7:50am –  8:00am G Welcome by Terry Brock

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Terry Brock

 
  8:00am –  8:25am G Taxing Nation: Is the Supply-side Revolution Over? (Steve Forbes, Dan Johnson, Jenny Beth Martin, Grover Norquist, Andrew Puzder, Steve Moore)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Stephen Moore

Speakers: Steve Forbes, Dan Johnson, Jenny Beth Martin, Grover Norquist, Andrew Puzder

 
  8:25am –  8:35am G Anthony Scaramucci, Can Trump Make America Great Again?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Anthony Scaramucci

 
  8:35am –  9:00am G Voter Access, Voting Fraud and Gerrymandering: Can Democracy Work?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Christina Tobin

Speakers: Ed Asner, Frank Atwood, Alicia Dearn, Adam Ernest, John Fund

 
  9:00am –  9:50am B Yaron Brook & Don Watkins: Equal is Unfair

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Yaron Brook, Don Watkins

Exhibitors: Ayn Rand Institute

 
 10:30am –  11:20am B Conrad Black & Robert Murphy, FDR: Champion or Opponent of Liberty?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Conrad Black, Robert Murphy

 
 11:30am –  12:20pm B Trump, Pro and Con: The YUGE Debate (Dan Mangru, Wayne Allyn Root, Jeffrey Tucker, Matt Welch)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Nick Gillespie

Speakers: Dan Mangru, Wayne Allyn Root, Jeffrey Tucker, Matt Welch

 
  1:30pm –  2:20pm B Do Dividends Make a Difference? (Rob Arnott, Joel Stern, Rodolfo Milani)

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Rodolfo Milani

Speakers: Rob Arnott, Joel Stern

 
  2:30pm –  3:20pm B Jo Ann Skousen, Out of the Shadows of Patriarchy: A Bold New Look at Women in the Bible

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Stephen Cox

Speakers: Jo Ann Skousen

 
  3:30pm –  4:20pm B Gary Johnson & William Weld: Can Liberty Win the White House?

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Nicholas Sarwark

Speakers: Gary Johnson, William Weld

 
  5:00pm –  5:20pm G Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: Less Government Equals More Liberty

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Matt Welch

Speakers: Gary Johnson

 
  5:20pm –  5:40pm G Rob Arnott, Steve Forbes: Global Turmoil, the US Elections and the Markets

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: John Mauldin

Speakers: Rob Arnott, Steve Forbes

 
  5:40pm –  5:55pm G Brent Bozell, Can We Transform the Biased Media? Yes! In Three Steps

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Speakers: Brent Bozell

Exhibitors: Media Research Center

 
  5:55pm –  6:35pm G Senator Rand Paul: Taking a Stand

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Matt Kibbe

Speakers: Senator Rand Paul

Exhibitors: Free the People

 
  6:35pm –  6:50pm G Only in America: What Freedom Means to Me

Celebrity Ballroom

 

Moderators: Dan Mangru

In case you missed it, check out my e-letter column from last week about how we are beating the market with gold. I also invite you to comment in the space provided below.

 

You Blew it!

Freeways are Not Free – Costing $2.37 Billion a Year!

I’m here at FreedomFest in Las Vegas and I have noticed congestion everywhere while driving around the city.

It is becoming typical of all major metropolitan cities. In a recent report from the Highway Users Federation, “Unclogging America’s Arteries 2015: Prescriptions for Healthier Highways,” the top 50 bottlenecks in the United States are in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Boston, Seattle and the Washington, D.C. area. Interstate 95 on the East Coast and Interstate 5 on the West Coast are the worst.

The cost of delays is monstrous: totaling $2.37 billion a year in wasted gasoline and repairs.

Economists and transportation experts have known the cause for years: freeways! Users don’t pay the full price of the cost in time and money for driving on freeways.

The solution has always been to build more roads, but a better solution is to impose proper fees for driving on the highways and roads in America. We are gradually moving in this direction, with HOV and HOT lanes and fluctuating fees based on use (higher prices during rush hour).

They ration highway use this way in Singapore and, as a result, there are hardly any congestion problems there.

As Bob Poole, Reason Foundation’s expert on transportation issues, states, “In many cases the answer will be toll-way or no-way.”

Slowly but surely the transportation problem can be solved.

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