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    Axel Merk: Why Is Anyone Still Waiting to Sell the Dollar?

    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, April 23, 2011, 1:13 AM

“The Fed can buy billions, even a trillion or so, but if and when the market is moving against the policymakers then there is no stopping. The Fed cannot stem that tide. There is only so much that they can manage and so it is something that they have to watch very carefully. At the same time, they are not terribly concerned. If the bond market is falling, you do not know whether it is because of more economic growth or because of more inflation, and you really only know after the fact.

So for now people think “We have economic growth kicking in,” until the next economic numbers are not as great as expected, and so it is a bit like a “boiling-frog syndrome. You print in all this money, you think everything is great and you have some warning signs, but you think, “Things are moving along.” And by the time that you really see the damage you have created, it is quite late to undo this damage and it is going to be very, very expensive and painful.”

So remarks Axel Merk, currency specialist and founder of the Merk Mutual Funds, who is perplexed by those waiting for additional warning signs to sell the dollar. In his view, we have all the evidence we need. He and Chris discuss the inner workings of the Fed and the course it is determinedly charting – and the looming dangers ahead for the US dollar.

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In this podcast, Axel explains:

  • Why Ben Bernanke is hell-bent on debasing the US dollar to spur economic growth
  • How the politics of the Fed work, where the power lies, and which arguments and actions are likely to carry the day
  • Why inflation expectations actually matter more than actual inflation, and why the Fed will not rest until it is satisfied that the market expectations for inflation are higher
  • That the US is on its way to a fiscal trainwreck – a reality that our political leadership continues to lack to backbone to address honestly
  • The Fed’s powers are prodigious, but not as great as the market. If and when the market moves against policymakers, nothing will stop it. The growing risk is we quickly tip into the inflation the Fed wants, which then quickly leads to runaway prices
  • His outlook for gold and why he thinks this “ultimate currency” can go much higher from current levels
  • How the US is caught in a Catch-22: Our loose monetary policy continues to encourages credit consumption that makes us increasingly vulnerable; but we’re so indebted already that if the Fed tightens rates, the economy could easily fall into a full-blown depression
  • How currencies mutal funds can responsibily reduce their risk exposure to the US dollar while offering investment gains

Axel Merk is president, chief investment officer and founder of Merk Investments. Axel is a noted expert on world currencies and manages several mutual funds that manage currency risks for investors. For years he has been an outspoken critic of US monetary policy, warning investors that the current course risks seriously devaluating the dollar. The past few years have proven his warnings to be accurate. He is also the author of Sustainable Wealth, a very readable guide to understanding our macro economic environment, the risks today’s investors face, and how they can mange their finances to achieve financial stability .


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