Capital Matters

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Free markets are under more dangerous attack, whether legislatively or intellectually, than they have been for decades. With every sign that this attack is going to intensify in the years to come and few signs of an effective pushback, NRI collaborated with National Review to form National Review Capital Matters. This initiative includes a section on featuring daily commentary and analysis on business, finance, and economics with a distinctly NR sensibility and complementary NRI-sponsored events and webinars. In the same spirit that led Buckley to found National Review, NRI is proud to collaborate on this project to explain, defend, and celebrate capitalism. Through timely commentary from well-known financiers, economists, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and other specialists, the objective of this initiative is to change the terms of debate over our country’s economic future for the better. At the helm of this initiative is the NRCM editor, Andrew Stuttaford, who had a long career in finance and has also been writing for National Review for decades, and Kevin Hassett, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, who serves as NRCM senior adviser.

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National Review Institute was pleased to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of the father of modern economics, Adam Smith, on September 13, 2023 in New York City. Attendees enjoyed thoughtful speeches and panels from National Review writers and economic scholars on the salience of Adam Smith’s ideas, as they relate to markets and morality. The event featured contributors to the Adam Smith 300 project on Capital Matters. 


Innovation, Growth—and Their Newer Enemies

National Review Capital Matters hosted a conference in New York City on January 26, 2023. We were pleased to have filled the room with over 160 enthusiastic supporters who came to hear our esteemed speakers talk about Innovation, Growth—And Their Newer Enemies. Speakers included David L. Bahnsen, Kevin Hassett, Larry Kudlow, Linda McMahon, Alfredo Ortiz, Amity Shlaes, Andrew Stuttaford, Peter J. Travers, and Jason Trennert. You can read and share National Review‘s coverage of the conference here and photos from the event can be viewed here.


This year marks the 300th birthday of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics. Capital Matters is celebrating with a monthly essay series throughout this year. Be sure to check out the website on the 16th of each month for a different perspective on Smith’s life and ideas from a variety of writers.


Capital Record – your weekly reinforcement for the defense of capital markets. Financier and NRI trustee David L. Bahnsen hosts discussions on economics and finance in this National Review Capital Matters podcast, sponsored by National Review Institute. Episodes feature interviews with the nation’s top business leaders, entrepreneurs, investment professionals, and financial commentators.


September 13, 2023 | Adam Smith 300 Conference

January 26, 2023 | National Review Capital Matters Conference Innovation, Growth—and Their Newer Enemies

September 22, 2021 | Debate Forum on Stakeholder Capitalism with Kevin Hassett, Mark Zandi, and Cullum Clark WATCH HERE

June 10, 2021 | Webinar: “Inflation – Should We Be Concerned?” featuring Kevin Hassett and Rich Lowry

December 14, 2020 | Webinar: Will personnel be policy? President-elect Joe Biden’s economic advisers and their significance” featuring Kevin Hassett and Casey B. Mulligan WATCH HERE

October 26, 2020 | Webinar: “Vice President Joe Biden’s Economic Policies” featuring Kevin Hassett and Andrew Stuttaford WATCH HERE 

July 28, 2020 | Launch Webinar WATCH HERE


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