As a speaker and writer, Tom shares his wit and wisdom on politics, investments and economic policy at corporate and investment conferences around the country. Tom exposes the laughingly predictable economic policies behind many of the great economic booms and busts of history.
From 2006 to 2010, Tom produced a popular weekly economic commentary for Laffer Associates, an economic research firm founded by Dr. Arthur Laffer. As head of research output, Tom applied the supply-side framework to analyzing economies and published numerous papers on emerging markets and other topics.
Tom is a noted stock picker. From 2003 to 2006 Tom was Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales, with Avondale Partners. In 2005, Avondale was recognized by The Wall Street Journal for producing the single best stock‐picking record among all Wall Street firms.
Prior to joining Avondale, Tom spent 8 years as in institutional equity sales at the Robinson Humphrey Co. in Atlanta, Ga., and one year at Interstate‐Johnson Lane Securities. Tom was an Institutional Investor All American broker in 2002 and 2003.
Perhaps most importantly, Tom performed stand-up comedy at “Catch a Rising Star” and other leading New York comedy clubs in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. While many find little to laugh at regarding the current economic situation, Tom expresses a refreshingly contrary view.
Tom majored in English Literature at Auburn University and attended Balliol College, Oxford University. He is married with three children and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, one of nine states with no income tax.
Robert Murphy, Ph.D.
earned his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. A former professor at Hillsdale College, he is now an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a senior fellow in business and economic studies at the Pacific Research Institute, and an economist with both the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Institute for Energy Research. He has testified before Congress on economic issues, and has worked as both an investment/business analyst and as a journalist. He is a frequent radio guest and writes a column for Townhall.com.