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Kieran Osborne

Kieran Osborne

Merk Mutual Funds

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


Kieran Osborne is Senior Analyst and member of the portfolio management group at Merk Investments; he is an expert on macro trends and currencies and has significant international market experience. Prior to Merk Investments, Mr. Osborne was an equity analyst at Brook Asset Management, where he worked in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. He has also worked in New York for MCM Associates, a U.S. hedge fund.

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    Published 19 October 2011 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 14 April 2011 | viewed 0 times

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  • U.S. Government: Evermore Reliant on Foreign Investors

    Published 15 March 2011 | viewed 0 times

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  • Currency Manipulation: Two Sides to Every Coin

    Published 30 November 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Japanese Yen: A Red Dawn?

    Published 02 November 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 19 October 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 07 October 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 08 September 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Inflation: The Runaway Train

    Published 13 July 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Implications of Chinese yuan Appreciation

    Published 27 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 15 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

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    Published 20 April 2009 | viewed 3,346 times

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