Tracking Policy Forces that Drive Technology, Capital Formation & Growth


Recent Press


-LA Times Jim Flanigan on Globalization

- Investors Business Daily Editorial: Telecom Policy - A Fork in the Road

- Wall Street Week with Fortune:
"The Reagan Roundtable"

- IBD Editorial: The Productivity Boom is Only Just Beginning
















Dr. John Rutledge
Global Economist

Dr. John Rutledge was one of the principal architects of the Reagan economic plan in 1980-81 and has been an advisor to the Bush White House on tax policy. Dr. Rutledge is the Chairman of Rutledge Capital, a private equity investment firm that has invested more than $150 million in middle market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies.  He is a member of the Advisory Boards of B.V. Group, a venture capital, hedge fund, and real estate investment firm and First Q Capital, a hedge fund. Dr. Rutledge is a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chief Advisor for Finance and Investment to the Governor of the Haidian District in Beijing. He is a board member of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Heartland Institute, and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

Dr. Rutledge has an active lecture practice, giving talks on global economics, capital flows, financial markets, investment strategies, the impact of technology on the economy, and strategies for owning and growing the value of a business.  After tours of duty in both academics and government policy, he has started, run, chaired, owned, and harvested dozens of companies, and has managed real money in both mutual funds and private equity.
Dr. Rutledge first introduced his Asset Market Shift framework for analyzing capital markets in The Wall Street Journal in the 1980’s.  Initially controversial, the framework, in which interest rates and other asset prices are determined by private arbitrage behavior, applies a rigorous foundation from thermodynamics to portfolio management.  Dr. Rutledge uses the framework to track asset market shifts and develop strategies that attract capital and build wealth, bridging the gap between macroeconomic analysis and portfolio management.  Over the past twenty years he has used this framework on economic analysis, asset allocation, portfolio selection, business strategy, restructuring, acquisitions, and divestitures.  Dr. Rutledge advises institutional and individual investors how to structure portfolios to take advantage of opportunities created by a temporary divergence of prices from Intrinsic Value.  His many advisory and speaking clients include governments, corporations, and financial institutions around the world.

John Speaking When not traveling the globe, Dr. Rutledge appears weekly on Fox News’ Saturday morning business shows Forbes on Fox.  He also appears weekly on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company.  He is a frequent guest PBS’ Wall Street Week with Fortune, and CNN’s In the Money.  Dr. Rutledge wrote the Business Strategy column for Forbes for more than a decade and writes for and  He also authors the acclaimed Rutledge Blog on economic and technology issues at  Dr. Rutledge is the author of the 2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce study on the economic impact of the proposed carried interest tax and one of the principal authors of the 2005 U.S. Chamber of Commerce study on telecom reform and has written two books, Rust to Riches, and A Monetarist Model of Inflationary Expectations, and hundreds of articles for The Wall Street Journal, the American Spectator, China Weekly, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, the National Review, the Financial Times, US News and World Report, Business Week, and other publications.  He testifies frequently before Congressional Committees and has advised government officials in the US, UK, Ireland, China, and Kuwait.
Dr. Rutledge began his career as a professor of monetary economics, international finance, and econometrics at Tulane University and Claremont McKenna College.  In 1978, Dr. Rutledge founded the Claremont Economics Institute, an economic advisory business in Claremont, California.  He holds a BA from Lake Forest College and a PhD from the University of Virginia.  He divides his time between Boston, Newport Beach, Maui, and Beijing. 


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John Rutledge
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Dr. John Rutledge is a leading economist who has advised several presidents, including the current administration, as well as multinational corporations and financial institutions.

John is available to reporters for comments and analysis on political, economic, financial, and regulatory events. Email:
Dr. John Rutledge
or Pamela Rutledge

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Speaking Engagements


Contact Information

Biography (pdf)

Downloadable photos
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News clippings:
a) Tax Cut Meeting, Newsday article
b) Tax Cut Meeting, Press Conference photo

Articles (pdf files)
a) Supply-side Thermodynamics
b) Unleash Growth
c) West Wing Airing

Video Clips


Telephony Online, July 27, 2005
Contra Costa Times, July 22, 2005
Associated Press
, July 17, 2004
Washington Internet Daily
, June 22, 2005
LA Times, April 24, 2005
Daytona Beach Newsline, April 15, 2004
IEEE East Asia, October 2004
NMRC Press Summary, October, 27, 2004
CBS Evening News, June 8, 2004
The Oklahoman, February 1, 2004
US News & World Report
, January 19, 2004
Hawaii Reporter, January 16, 2004
Small Business News, January 2004
Washington Times
, January 1, 2004
Hawaii Reporter
, January 8, 2004
Business Week, December 29, 2003
Investor's Business Daily
, op-ed, November 24, 2003
Denver Post, November 2, 2003
Oakland Press
, October 31, 2003
San Antonio Express News, October 31, 2003
Fiber Optic News, September 29, 2003
Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2002