Axel Merk is a regular guest on CNBC, FoxBusiness and Bloomberg. His columns and interviews frequently appear in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and other financial media around the world. Merk is a sought after expert speaker at industry conferences, including the annual conferences of the CFA, FPA and AAII organizations in 2011, as well ...More as at universities, government organizations and think tanks. Merk's expertise encompasses topics ranging from the global economy, gold and currencies to sustainable wealth and personal finance. Axel Merk’s Book “Sustainable Wealth” was published by Wiley in 2009 and his newsletter Merk Insights reaches a wide audience of investors, analysts and media following global macroeconomic issues and implications to investing.
Mr. Merk, together with the Merk portfolio team, manages the Merk Hard, Asian and Absolute Return Currency Funds, as well as the Merk Currency Enhanced U.S. Equity Fund. He holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University.
- Description: Mutual fund manager. Trading frequency: Weekly
- Interests: Forex, Mutual funds
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 ...More
Read the latest Merk Insights providing the Merk perspective on currencies, global imbalances, the trade deficit, the socio-economic impact of the U.S. administration’s policies and effects on your wealth.
Introducing the Sustainable Wealth Lifestyle.
Sustainable wealth is a matter of understanding how the greater economic universe works, how that will affect your finances, and how to manage those finances to seek a sustained, financially secure future.
Many individuals have gone down the ...More
“Finally an easy-to-read but very comprehensive study on investments in a world where sadly common sense is no longer so common — and short-term profit ‘temptations’ overwhelm the discipline of building sustainable wealth.” – Marc Faber, Editor, Gloom, Boom & Doom Report
“Maybe had Congress gotten this book before the financial crisis, we wouldn’t be in this crisis. But alas, we are, and alas, there’s hope. Axel Merk not only shows Washington the way out, but more importantly, the rest of us too. Not with a lecture, but a plan, and a damn good plan, without the bull and without the jargon. It’s why I love this guy. He really means it when he says he’s looking out for the rest of us guys. In Sustainable Wealth, he proves it” – Neil Cavuto, Sr. Vice President and Anchor, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network
“The right financial decisions are always essential, but become particularly important in today’s turbulent times. Preparation and knowledge are required to protect you and your family, and this book provides everything you need to develop a sound plan for the future.” – James Turk, Founder and Chairman, Goldmoney.com
“I just completed your book today. I could not put it down. Congratulations! It was quite thought provoking and causes one to contemplate risk in a new light. Again thanks for writing and I am off to reread.” – R.F.
“If I had to pick a single one from the plethora of publications trying to come up with solutions to the present-day investor’s predicament, I would not hesitate to reach for Axel’s book. He manages to encapsulate much of the no-nonsense but common-sense-laden wisdom that is so sorely needed in today’s post-crisis environment, in this little treasure. Indeed, we may not find ourselves to be in a post-crisis environment today, had we all followed the precepts outlined in this captivating read.
The advice that Mr. Merk offers gives new meaning to the idea of the ‘Prudent Man Rule’ however, this time, it applies not only to money managers, but to ordinary people as well. Mr. Merk conveys the ideas of wealth preservation, and of not getting attached to any single asset or any single putative sure-fire strategy, as the most successful path to embark upon, given our world of uncertainty and inherent risk. Kudos, for a timely work on the essentials of wealth management.” — Jon Nadler, Gold Analyst, Kitco Metals