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Axel Merk

Axel Merk


Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

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  • Abolishing Risk Destroys America and Your Wealth

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  • Recognizing a Bubble - Dynamics of Free Money

    Published 20 October 2009 | viewed 3,742 times

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    Published 01 October 2009 | viewed 3,005 times

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  • Fed a Rudderless Ship?

    Published 12 August 2009 | viewed 2,794 times

    How much excitement can a statement by the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) generate? Given that the Fed has been printing over a $1…

  • Credit Crunch Part Deux

    Published 21 July 2009 | viewed 4,233 times

    Green Shoots Everywhere! The credit crisis is over; an economic recovery is just around the corner! Hold your horses - there may not be enough…

  • Regulatory Overhaul = Summers Job Creation Program?

    Published 17 June 2009 | viewed 1,973 times

    Today, the Administration is sharing its vision for the future of the financial system. To us, it seems more like a job creation program for…

  • WANTED: Money for Uncle Sam

    Published 11 June 2009 | viewed 2,749 times

    In our estimate, the U.S. Treasury will have to raise over $2 trillion dollars this year to finance new obligations. In addition, over $2 trillion…

  • Fed Hit by Subpoena - Fasten Your Seatbelt

    Published 11 June 2009 | viewed 4,957 times

    The Federal Reserve was served a subpoena from a Congressional committee Tuesday, as lawmakers demanded documents related to Bank of America' s acquisition of Merrill…