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Axel Merk

Axel Merk

Merk Funds

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010

Biography

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.

  • Debt Ceiling Jeopardizes Dollar's Reserve Status

    Published 24 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner has warned that delays in extending the U.S. debt ceiling may cause irreparable harm. While borrowing costs for the U.S. government…

  • ECB Pushing Greece Over Brink

    Published 20 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Disagreements on how to address Greece's reform process boiled over this week when European Central Bank (ECB) President Trichet walked out of a meeting. Trichet…

  • ECB - Nothing New, Nothing Special, Not a Problem, Absolutely Not

    Published 05 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    After raising interest rates by 0.25% a month ago, the European Central Bank (ECB) left interest rates unchanged at today's meeting of its Governing Council.…

  • The Dollar: It's Payback Time!

    Published 03 May 2011 | viewed 0 times

    It's payback time for Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve (Fed). In some ways, this should neither surprise, nor scare anyone. Unfortunately, however,…

  • Fed Wants Even Higher Inflation

    Published 27 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Today, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced it will continue to purchase government securities as previously announced ("QE2"), including reinvesting principal payments from…

  • U.S. Dollar - Review and Outlook

    Published 14 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    We believe that continued U.S. dollar weakness may be a consequence of the diverging monetary approaches central banks are taking around the globe. While many…

  • ECB Takes Away Punch Bowl

    Published 07 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) raised its main refinancing rate by 0.25% to 1.25%. ECB President Trichet has long argued that its monetary policy…

  • Does a Weak Dollar Cause Inflation?

    Published 05 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Should investors be concerned that a weaker U.S. dollar causes inflation? The price at the gas pump should be a stark reminder that a weaker…

  • Fed and ECB - A World Apart

    Published 04 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) are divided by a common goal: price stability. Fed Chairman Bernanke has made it…

  • Politics of Inflation

    Published 16 February 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Merk Insights provide the Merk Perspective on currencies, global imbalances, the trade deficit, the socio-economic impact of the U.S. administration's policies and more. Read past…

  • Reagan for President...of China!

    Published 03 February 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Merk Insights provide the Merk Perspective on currencies, global imbalances, the trade deficit, the socio-economic impact of the U.S. administration's policies and more. Read past…

  • 2011: Year of the Yellow Brick Road

    Published 06 January 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The Wizard of Oz would be proud of our policy makers: perception may be reality when it comes to investor confidence, even if we live…

  • Fed - Inflation, Inflation, Inflation

    Published 14 December 2010 | viewed 0 times

    In August, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Bernanke stated inflation was too low; in October, the Fed's Minutes lamented that the market appeared not to take…

  • Debunking Bernanke's Myth

    Published 07 December 2010 | viewed 0 times

    In his interview with "60 Minutes", Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested it is a myth that quantitative easing implies printing money. With all…

  • Pragmatic ECB Squares the Circle - Whatever it Takes

    Published 02 December 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The one thing worse than a fire in a building is a fire in a building when emergency exits are bolted shut: a panic in…

  • The Dollar: Every Man For Himself

    Published 11 November 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The Federal Reserve's (Fed's) strategy of firing up its printing press may have the debasement of the U.S. dollar as its goal (see Fed Targets…

  • Fed's Bizarre Tactics Target Weaker Dollar

    Published 12 October 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Is the Federal Reserve (Fed) experiencing a midlife crisis? Ever since Fed Chairman Bernanke gave a speech in Jackson Hole, Fed behavior can be summarized…

  • ECB Triumphant over Fed

    Published 08 October 2010 | viewed 0 times

    While central banks in the U.S., Japan, U.K., Switzerland and Brazil, amongst others, may be looking for excuses to print more money, the European Central…

  • Ben in Luck

    Published 21 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Ben had served his master for seven years, so he said to him, master, my time is up, now I should be glad to go…

  • U.S. Dollar Threatened by Fannie and Freddie

    Published 24 August 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Social subsidies may make good politics, but all too often bad economics. When Fannie Mae was created in 1938, the seeds were planted for the…