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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.

  • Will Bernanke Create Hyperinflation?

    Published 16 December 2005 | viewed 6,530 times

    What are the lessons from the Great Depression, from stagflation in the 1970s, from deflation in Japan? The bubbles that preceded these challenging times should…

  • Globalization and the Dollar

    Published 11 November 2005 | viewed 3,869 times

    A discussion of globalization triggers passionate and at times violent responses. Rarely has an economic topic captured the spirit of the public so much. What…

  • The Dollar, Gold and Stagflation - Greenspan's Conundrum

    Published 26 October 2005 | viewed 4,388 times

    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Greenspan is confused - why are long-term interest rates so low? Is it what he calls too low a risk premium…

  • Bernanke - On the Road to Disaster?

    Published 25 October 2005 | viewed 3,014 times

    Ben Bernanke, current chairman of the administration's council of economic advisors, is President Bush's nominee to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve.…

  • Is a Dollar Crisis Looming?

    Published 10 October 2005 | viewed 5,727 times

    "It's the 70's, stupid!" was a headline on CNBC on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - a day when the dollar dropped sharply against major currencies.…

  • China Is Open for Business

    Published 24 September 2005 | viewed 3,977 times

    Will China's growth eliminate inflation? When you add relatively easy access to money to a seemingly unlimited supply of skilled labor and a sense of…

  • Is the US Economy Shock-Resistant?

    Published 12 September 2005 | viewed 5,296 times

    How well equipped is the U.S. economy to weather shocks, such as the catastrophic hurricane Katrina? How does the economic stimulus of rebuilding the area…

  • Fed May Not Stop Inflation

    Published 19 August 2005 | viewed 4,748 times

    U.S. wholesale prices (PPI) rose a full 1 percent in July as energy costs surged. This is the biggest one month increase in 9 months,…

  • China's Basket of Currencies Impacts Trading Partners

    Published 12 August 2005 | viewed 4,192 times

    As the weighting of the U.S. dollar is decreased in aligning the yuan to a basket of currencies, People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan…

  • The Modern Command Economy: the 30-Year Bond is Returning

    Published 05 August 2005 | viewed 4,622 times

    The U.S. consumer and the U.S. government have a lot in common: ever more powerful drugs are required to keep them spending. The latest move…

  • A Snowball in the Making: China's Basket of Currencies

    Published 27 July 2005 | viewed 5,212 times

    China's announcement to abandon its U.S. dollar peg in favor of a basket of currencies has to be seen like a snowball in the making:…

  • China: U.S. Dollar may not be Worth the Paper it is Printed on

    Published 27 June 2005 | viewed 5,633 times

    The $18.5 billion bid by China's state-controlled Cnooc Ltd. to purchase the American energy company Unocal has created fear, anger and calls for intervention among…

  • Is the European Union in Crisis?

    Published 19 June 2005 | viewed 2,890 times

    Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka says the inability of the EU summit to come to a budget compromise lies squarely in the selfishness of the…

  • Gold Up as the Current Account Deficit Continues its Rise

    Published 18 June 2005 | viewed 3,252 times

    The first quarter current account deficit has been released; it was higher than "the market" expected. Now $195.1 billion, an annual run rate of $780.4…

  • Trade Deficit - Be Careful What You Wish For

    Published 09 June 2005 | viewed 3,678 times

    This Friday on June 10th, the April trade balance will be released. Expectations are for US$58 billion, up from $55 billion in March. In March,…

  • The Fed Opts for Growth, Ignoring Imbalances and Inflation

    Published 02 June 2005 | viewed 2,908 times

    Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher, using a baseball analogy, said the Fed is in its 8th inning, and will raise rates one more…

  • U.S. Current Account Deficit May Hit $900 Billion Next Year

    Published 28 May 2005 | viewed 3,369 times

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is warning that the U.S. current account deficit will hit $900 billion or 6.7 percent of U.S.…

  • Press Release: Merk Investments Launches Merk Hard Currency Fund

    Published 17 May 2005 | viewed 7,216 times

    -- Mutual fund seeks to protect against a declining US dollar relative to other currencies-- PALO ALTO, Calif. - May 17, 2005 - Merk Investments…

  • The Fed Embraces Public Perception in Place of Sound Monetary Judgment to Set Policy

    Published 21 April 2005 | viewed 4,783 times

    Last year, Paul O'Neill in his book on his days as U.S. Treasury Secretary wrote that he had the TV business channel CNBC running all…