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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Buy Or Sell? A Question Of Risk Management
Whether you ride this bull market or stay on the sidelines is not a matter of brilliance, but of risk management. To illustrate, we look at lessons to be learned from the “greatest predictor” of market returns (hint: it isn’t).
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EC Tax Reform: Implications For Gold
Monetary policy affects nominal prices, whereas fiscal policy affects real prices. Printing money might affect the price level, but fiscal policy affects where money gets allocated, and what investments take place.
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Investment Advice For My Children & Grandchildren
The beauty of one’s personal earnings power is that one can control it far better than an investment one buys with the push of a button.
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What's Next For The Dollar, Stocks, Bonds?
The Fed’s “balance sheet reduction” may have profound implications for the dollar, gold, stocks and bonds.
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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.
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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.
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STOCKS I FOLLOW

ADRE BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund
AGG iShares Trust - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
CYB WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund
DBEM DBX ETF Trust
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
GLD SPDR Gold Trust ETF
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
SPY SPDR S&P 500
TPS 10 Stocks BRIDGES
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 8 months)

Education

Brown University
Computer Science (M.Sc.)

Publications

Sustainable Wealth: Achieve Financial Security in a Volatile World of Debt and Consumption
Axel Merk
Wiley
10/26/2009

A personal finance guide for today's turbulent world. Sustainable Wealth empowers you to achieve your financial goals by unleashing the shackles of debt, no matter how uncertain the future may be. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource illustrates how you can predict economic booms and busts before they happen, adapt to changing markets and plan for lasting financial stability.

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wisely cautioned that volatility would surge, causing a painful credit contraction affecting all asset classes.

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