President & CIO at Merk Investments

Axel Merk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds.

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Ultra-Low Volatility, This Time Is Different
When central bankers "taper" their purchases, odds are that volatility comes back as taper tantrums have shown. The same should be the case when the Fed raises interest rates or "normalizes" its balance sheet.
Invest In Yourself
Most of us invest because we pursue long-term goal. This long-term goal tends to be saving for retirement; for those who can, it might extend to save for a future generation; or, for institutional investors, there might be an investment horizon.
EC Best Investment Practices
The point is not to suggest that investors need to add equity-linked credit or private equity to their portfolio. No, the point is that there’s more to investing than chasing high flying companies.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
This time is different. Stocks will always go up. And pigs can fly. Given that pigs are highly intelligent, don’t bet against them. That said, investors might want to take at least the first two statements with a grain of salt.
What’s Next For The Dollar, Gold And Stocks?
Two rate hikes since last year have weakened the dollar. Why is that, and what’s ahead for the dollar, currencies & gold? And while we are at it, we’ll chime in on what may be in store for the stock market.
EC HH Fake Risk, Fake Return?
There are many ways one can weather the storm that may lie ahead in the markets. However, what may have been one of the more profitable approaches in recent years, namely to invest and forget, might be hazardous to your wealth in what’s ahead.


ADRE BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund
AGG iShares Trust - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
CYB WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund
DBV PowerShares DB G10 Currency Harvest Fund
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average
EDC Emerging Markets Bull 3x Shares
EMF Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (Delaware)
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund
FXE Euro Currency Trust
FXY CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust
GOVT iSh Brc US TrBd Shs
IAU iShares COMEX Gold Trust
JGBD Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch
JGBL PowerShares DB Japanese Govt Bd Futs ETN
JGBS Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch
PLW PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio
SH ProShares Short S&P500
TRSY PIMCO Broad U.S. Treasury Index Fund
UDN PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fund
UUP PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund
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Work Experience

President and CIO
Merk Investments
September 1994 - Present (23 years 1 month)


Brown University
Computer Science (M.Sc.)


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