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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.

  • Case For Gold: Invest in the Ultimate Currency?

    Published 23 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Gold has been used as a standard medium of exchange and store of value throughout history and across countries around the world. It has been…

  • Currency Wars: U.S. Attack

    Published 17 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Doubling down on QE3, the Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Bernanke tells China and Brazil: allow your currencies to appreciate. One does not need to be…

  • Beyond the Fiscal Cliff: the Dollar At Risk?

    Published 10 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Looking beyond the fiscal cliff, we are afraid the greenback may be at risk no matter who wins the election. We examine the risk to…

  • Fight the Inflation Boogeyman

    Published 03 October 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Investors are concerned about inflation. But how can investors attempt to inflation-proof their portfolios? Buy TIPS? Short Treasury bonds? Stocks? Real Estate? Commodities? Gold? Currencies?…

  • Bernanke Put: Beware of Easy Money

    Published 26 September 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Central bankers around the world may be providing a backstop to the financial markets in much the same way Greenspan did during the "Goldilocks" years,…

  • Fed to Debase Dollar?

    Published 19 September 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Is the Fed's goal to debase the U.S. dollar? The Federal Reserve's announcement of a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) might have been the…

  • U.S. Dollar: Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Published 13 September 2012 | viewed 0 times

    May we suggest a Twitter version of today's FOMC statement: "Don't worry, be happy! " - No, the economic outlook hasn't improved. In fact, the…

  • Euro: Looks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck

    Published 06 September 2012 | viewed 0 times

    If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it just might be a duck. We are talking about the euro: it now looks…

  • Draghi Editorial - English Translation Missing Key Concept

    Published 29 August 2012 | viewed 0 times

    The English version of ECB President Draghi's Zeit editorial explaining the new course of the ECB is missing the translation of a key phrase that…

  • Bernanke: To Print or Not to Print...?

    Published 28 August 2012 | viewed 0 times

    To print or not to print? Odds are that Fed Chairman Bernanke has been contemplating this question while drafting his upcoming Jackson Hole speech. The…

  • Gold: Escape from Slavery

    Published 22 August 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Vice President Joe Biden was accused of racism when suggesting a Romney administration would "unchain banks" that in turn might put the black audience he…

  • Ryan: Boon or Bane for U.S. Dollar?

    Published 16 August 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Ryan: Boon or Bane for U.S. Dollar? - by Merk - Aug 16, 2012 Good news: Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan may put the focus…

  • Euro to Beat Dollar? Draghi's Genius

    Published 07 August 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Investors have not woken up to it, but last week may have been a game changer. European Central Bank (ECB) President Draghi took tail risks…

  • Gold at ECB: Accident or Strategy?

    Published 31 July 2012 | viewed 0 times

    When the euro was launched, the European Central Bank (ECB) held approximately 15% of its assets in gold. That ratio has remained reasonably stable, giving…

  • Currencies: from Nullifying to Negative

    Published 25 July 2012 | viewed 0 times

    The once unthinkable might become policy: negative nominal interest rates. Investors should care as they may be increasingly punished for not taking risks. Yet masochistic…

  • Spain's Molasses Jeopardizing Eurozone?

    Published 23 July 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Spain's regional government debt is in focus again. Spanish 10-year government bond yields are trading near 7.5% as Spain's central government is expected to bail…

  • Eurozone Needs Process, Not Money

    Published 17 July 2012 | viewed 0 times

    A variation of this article appeared today as an editorial in the Financial Times   Crises are always going to happen, but they are less…

  • Gold to Outshine Dollar?

    Published 11 July 2012 | viewed 0 times

    As the price of gold has gone up fivefold over the past 10 years, why would one buy it at today's prices? For the same…

  • Merkel is Summit Winner!

    Published 03 July 2012 | viewed 0 times

    Spain may have the best soccer team, but it lost control of its banking system. That's good news: the success of the Eurozone summit is…

  • United States of Europe has Arrived!

    Published 27 June 2012 | viewed 0 times

    A fiscal union, a banking union, a United States of Europe has arrived! Don't believe it? Just like many newborns, this one has its shares…