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Axel Merk

Axel Merk

Merk Funds

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


Axel Merk, President & CIO of Merk Investments, LLC, is an expert on hard money, macro trends and international investing. He is considered an authority on currencies.

  • Banks Fight to Postpone Day of Reckoning

    Published 25 June 2007 | viewed 6,010 times

    The U.S. trade deficit with the rest of the world leapfrogged in recent days: aside from goods and services, we are now importing "consensus based…

  • Strong Dollar in U.S. Interest

    Published 17 May 2007 | viewed 4,722 times

    It seems that in order to qualify for the job, U.S. Treasury Secretaries must be able to recite 'A strong dollar is in the interest…

  • Ron Paul Not a Myth

    Published 27 April 2007 | viewed 3,823 times

    We published an analysis on "Dollar Myths" in which we criticized spending habits in Washington: "Interestingly, nobody seemed to focus on the fact that there…

  • Dollar Myths

    Published 26 April 2007 | viewed 5,398 times

    Without shying away from controversy, we do away with a number of myths of why the dollar ought to move up or down. Myth I:…

  • Fed Jeopardizes Dollar as it Neglects its Mandate

    Published 27 March 2007 | viewed 4,180 times

    The U.S. dollar collapsed to two-year lows against the euro as the Federal Reserve (Fed) takes its focus away from fighting inflation. The Fed has…

  • Bernanke the Dove

    Published 21 February 2007 | viewed 3,454 times

    In his recent testimony to Congress, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Ben Bernanke painted a rosy picture of the U.S. economy. If the Fed were satisfied…

  • How the Fed Lost Control of Money Supply

    Published 06 February 2007 | viewed 5,752 times

    The world is awash in money. This money has flown into all asset classes, from stocks to bonds, from real estate to commodities. In a…

  • A Lower Trade Deficit Unlikely to Save the Dollar

    Published 14 November 2006 | viewed 3,759 times

    America's massive trade deficit exerts pressure on the US dollar as currency is shoveled abroad in return for goods and services. As the economy is…

  • The Dollar May Fall After the Election

    Published 06 November 2006 | viewed 5,972 times

    Making short-term predictions about the dollar is notoriously difficult. So why do we say the dollar may fall after the election? Once we know what…

  • Bernanke Passes The Buck

    Published 05 October 2006 | viewed 5,862 times

    In a speech at the Economics Club in Washington, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Ben Bernanke warned America to save more and spend less to preserve…

  • The Economy In Denial: Fallout from the Bursting Housing Bubble

    Published 21 September 2006 | viewed 9,984 times

    Every day, another economist claims that the impact of the slowdown in housing on the economy is overrated; a few months ago, many still disputed…

  • Bernanke's Transient Hopes

    Published 20 July 2006 | viewed 3,794 times

    When Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Ben Bernanke was President Bush's Chief Economic Advisor, he described high oil prices as transitory. Transient they were: they headed…

  • Will Bernanke Save the Dollar?

    Published 15 June 2006 | viewed 4,037 times

    Recent hawkish comments by Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Ben Bernanke caused jitters in US and global equity markets; as is the typical first reaction when…

  • Will Paulson Save the Dollar?

    Published 08 June 2006 | viewed 4,887 times

    On May 30, 2006, Henry "Hank" Paulson was nominated to succeed John Snow as Treasury Secretary. During John Snow's reign the dollar lost 18% versus…

  • The Current Account Deficit Matters

    Published 23 May 2006 | viewed 5,743 times

    Is the dollar at risk because of America's enormous current account deficit? Many "experts" are spreading information that is confusing, outdated or simply not applicable.…

  • China: Embrace the Competition

    Published 26 April 2006 | viewed 3,912 times

    Competition from China is going to intensify: we better stop whining and embrace it. We contrast how the US and Europe address China's rise differently;…

  • Protectionism May Hurt Dollar

    Published 16 March 2006 | viewed 4,376 times

    Protectionism is on the rise in the U.S. - can we afford it? If we tell our trading partners that their money is not welcome,…

  • Bernanke Fallacy

    Published 18 February 2006 | viewed 4,974 times

    The new Federal Reserve ("Fed") Chairman Ben Bernanke believes that the current yield curve inversion does not signal an economic slowdown. He argues that in…

  • Psychology of a Falling Dollar

    Published 08 February 2006 | viewed 6,673 times

    Given a current account deficit in excess of 6% of gross domestic product (GDP), many fear the US dollar must decline. At the World Economic…

  • Retiring with Bernanke -- Are You Prepared?

    Published 14 January 2006 | viewed 6,902 times

    When you plan for retirement, do you take the long-term economic outlook into account? The world is changing, and if we are to be prepared,…