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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Gold: What's Next?
After an initial surge in the hours after Donald Trump’s election, the price of gold has been under pressure. To gauge what’s ahead for the yellow metal, we dissect the forces that may be at play.
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The End Of Dollar Dominance?
The end of U.S. dollar dominance may be unfolding in front of our eyes. No, we don't think China's ascent is the key threat; instead, key to understanding the U.S. dollar may be to understand the money market fund you might hold.
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Failure Of Inflation Targeting?!
Eight years after the outbreak of the financial crisis, central bank chiefs suggest they have saved the world, but have they? We argue central banks have become part of the problem, not the solution.
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The Case For Absolute Return
Talk about diversification comes cheap. Actually diversifying one's portfolio is far more difficult.
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The Good, Bad & Ugly
Are we better off with "QE", the ultra-accommodative monetary policy pursued by major central banks around the world? Is it "mission accomplished" or are we facing a "ticking time bomb"?
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Precisely Wrong On Dollar, Gold?
Since the beginning of the year, the greenback has shown it's not almighty after all; and gold - the barbarous relic as some have called it - may be en vogue again?
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STOCKS I FOLLOW

ADRE BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund
AGG iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond Fund
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 (22 years 8 months)

Education

Brown University
Computer Science (M.Sc.)

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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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Merk’s insight and expertise have allowed him to foresee major economic developments: As early as 2003, he identified the building of the credit bubble; in 2005, he positioned his clients to move out of real estate and the faltering U.S. dollar by investing in hard currencies and gold; in early 2007 he

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

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