President & CIO at Merk Investments

Axel Merk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds.

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Equity Market Chart Book
The dominant narratives are extremely pessimistic right now, so it might not take much for the glass to go from half empty to half full.
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Business Cycle Chart Book
Looking at the global growth cycle picture, global manufacturing PMIs are converging together in the low 50s. The lowest readings are moving higher and the highest readings are moving lower.
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Is Stagflation Risk Real?
The risk of stagflation could increase because the Fed may need to induce a recession, but might be unable to contain inflation.
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Equity Market Chart Book - Wednesday, Feb. 23
Stress remains in the market. The medium/longer-term prospects of the bull market likely benefit from a further correction in terms of depth or duration.
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Black Swan Investing – How To Survive/Thrive?
Black Swans in financial markets are rare, extreme events. How do you survive, possibly even thrive when the unthinkable happens?
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Fed Chart Book
The Fed’s monetary policy has important implications for the bond, stock, and currency markets, and the economic cycle generally.
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STOCKS I FOLLOW

ADRE BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund
AGG iShares Trust - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
CYB WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund
DBEM DBX ETF Trust
DBV PowerShares DB G10 Currency Harvest Fund
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average
EDC Emerging Markets Bull 3x Shares
EMF Templeton Emerging Markets Fund (Delaware)
EWZ iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund
FXE Euro Currency Trust
FXY CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust
GLD SPDR Gold Trust ETF
GOVT iShares Core U.S. Treasury Bond ETF
IAU iShares COMEX Gold Trust
JGBD Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch
JGBL PowerShares DB Japanese Govt Bd Futs ETN
JGBS Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch
PLW PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio
SH ProShares Short S&P500
SPY SPDR S&P 500
TPS 10 Stocks BRIDGES
TRSY PIMCO Broad U.S. Treasury Index Fund
UDN PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bearish Fund
UUP PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund
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Work Experience

President and CIO
Merk Investments
September 1994 - Present (28 years 2 months)

Education

Brown University
Computer Science (M.Sc.)

Publications

Sustainable Wealth: Achieve Financial Security in a Volatile World of Debt and Consumption
Axel Merk
Wiley
10/26/2009

A personal finance guide for today's turbulent world. Sustainable Wealth empowers you to achieve your financial goals by unleashing the shackles of debt, no matter how uncertain the future may be. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource illustrates how you can predict economic booms and busts before they happen, adapt to changing markets and plan for lasting financial stability.

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Merk’s insight and expertise have allowed him to foresee major economic developments: As early as 2003, he identified the building of the credit bubble; in 2005, he positioned his clients to move out of real estate and the faltering U.S. dollar by investing in hard currencies and gold; in early 2007 he

wisely cautioned that volatility would surge, causing a painful credit contraction affecting all asset classes.

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