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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.

  • Japan: Monetary Madness in Times of Unsustainable Deficits?

    Published 02 April 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Unsustainable debt. Depression-era fiscal policy. Monetary madness. Welcome to Japan. You may not live or invest in Japan, but your investments may well be affected…

  • Gold, a Hedge Against Financial Repression?

    Published 26 March 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Had those with money tied up in the Cypriot banking system owned gold instead, they might have been able to watch the unfolding crisis relaxing…

  • Buy or Sell the Euro? Chaos Investing Unplugged

    Published 19 March 2013 | viewed 0 times

    When we called the euro the potential "rock star of 2013", we knew it might be a rocky ride. Are we underestimating the incompetence of…

  • Dollar-Crash Proofing a Portfolio: Interview with Axel Merk

    Published 12 March 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Financial writer and best-selling author Peter Sander sits down with portfolio manager Axel Merk for insights on investment considerations in light of the risks posed…

  • Buyer's Remorse at the Fed: Investor Implications

    Published 26 February 2013 | viewed 0 times

    A couple trillion dollars ago the Federal Reserve (Fed) decided quantitative easing (QE) is what the U.S. economy needed. Now, as an increasing number of…

  • U.S. to 'Win' Currency Wars?

    Published 20 February 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Currency Wars will most importantly play out at the heart of investors' portfolios rather than in the blogosphere or on TV. While the focus may…

  • Currency Wars Are Evil

    Published 12 February 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Real people may die when countries engage in "currency wars." Countries debasing their currencies risk, amongst others: Loss of competitiveness Social unrest War We discuss…

  • Euro: Rock Star of the Year?

    Published 05 February 2013 | viewed 0 times

    After we referred to "Draghi's Genius" last August we received pity and ridicule as feedback. It is no longer taboo to be bullish on the…

  • Is the Fed Doping the Greenback?

    Published 29 January 2013 | viewed 0 times

    For seven years Ben Bernanke has played Master of the Universe, that is, has been Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Fed). Bernanke vehemently denies his…

  • Trillion Dollar Battle: Print, Baby, Print!

    Published 15 January 2013 | viewed 0 times

    While the introduction of a trillion-dollar coin has been shrugged off as nonsense, there are plenty of nonsensical concepts employed in our monetary system. Here…

  • Merk 2013 Dollar, Gold and Currency Outlook

    Published 08 January 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Sidetracked by the discussion over the "fiscal cliff" and possibly a New Year's hangover, it's time to face 2013 in earnest. Is the yen doomed?…

  • Hidden Treasury Risks?

    Published 18 December 2012 | viewed 0 times

    While Treasuries are said to have no default risk as the Federal Reserve (Fed) can always print money to pay off the debt, hidden risks…

  • Dollar Cliff?

    Published 05 December 2012 | viewed 0 times

    As election euphoria settles and the "fiscal cliff" approaches, what are the implications for the dollar? Even as federal deficits may be unsustainable, stocks and…

  • Is the Yen Doomed?

    Published 28 November 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Because of Japan's massive public debt burden, pundits have called for the demise of the Japanese yen for years. Are the yen's fortunes finally changing?…

  • China's New Leadership: Progressive, Not Conservative

    Published 15 November 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Article by Axel Merk and Yuan Fang Hu's defeat vs. Jiang's victory We disagree with media reports that China's new Politburo Standing Committee is dominated…

  • U.S. Dollar, Gold Implications of Election

    Published 07 November 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Alia iacta est! As networks projected an Obama victory, there was a sea of red: the dollar is down versus currencies and gold. As pundits…

  • ECB and Fed: Worlds Apart

    Published 07 November 2012 | viewed 0 times

    The contrast in approach to central banking between the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) is remarkable. ECB President Draghi has…

  • U.S. of A(sia) - United to Weaken the Dollar?!

    Published 31 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Our leaders want a weaker dollar and a stronger Chinese renminbi (RMB). That's our assessment based on recent comments by President Obama, presidential hopeful Romney…

  • FOMC In Denial

    Published 25 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    The FOMC has crossed the Rubicon: our analysis suggests that the Federal Open Market Committee is deliberately ignoring data on both growth and inflation. At…

  • Monetary Cliff?

    Published 24 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    As the presidential election is rapidly approaching, little attention seems to be getting paid to the question that may affect voters the most: what will…