Tag Archives: Axel Merk

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    Off The Cuff: Follow The Money!

    Currencies are underappreciated market indicators
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, September 10, 2015, 9:47 PM


    In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

    • Follow The Money!
      • Why watching currencies yields predictive insights
    • China's Yuan Devaluation
      • What will the implications be?
    • Buckle Up!
      • Volatility in currencies & stocks is just getting started
    • Why It's Time To Go Short
      • No matter whether the Fed raises rates or not this year
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    Axel Merk: Why Asset Prices Must Return To Lower Levels

    It's the price you pay for forcing capital to speculate
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8:59 PM


    Saying it's been a busy week and half on the central bank front is perhaps a sizeable understatement. 

    First, the Swiss National Bank stunned the world (and its brethren central banks) by removing its peg to the Euro. This was quickly followed by Mario Draghi finally making good on his longtime threat of firing QE bazooka, announcing that the ECB will pursue a 60 billion Euro per month easing program for the next 16 months. And amidst all the smoke, the Canadian central bank snuck in a surprise rate cut to its interest rate.

    To make sense of both the "Why?" behind these extreme moves, as well as the "What?" in terms of their implications, Axel Merk, founder and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Funds joins us this week.

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    Axel Merk: The Fed’s Next Move

    Get ready for permanent Reverse Repos
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, June 28, 2014, 4:10 PM


    "If you're not concerned, you're not paying attention" say Axel Merk, founder and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Funds.

    Like many, he sees today's excessive high-price, low-volume, zero-volatility markets as an unnatural and dangerous result of misguided intervention by the Federal Reserve. But Axel has additional perspective than most, as the senior economic adviser to his family of funds is a former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis and a former FMOC member:

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    What The Bears Still Left Standing Think

    Takeaways from the 2014 Wine Country Conference
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, May 3, 2014, 5:39 PM


    The Wine Country Conference (WCC) is an annual gathering of speakers organized by Mike "Mish" Shedlock and his advisery firm, Sitka Pacific. This year's speakers included: John Hussman, Steen Jakobsen, Axel Merk, Mebane Faber, Chris, and of course, Mish himself. Our good friend Charles Hugh Smith attended, as well.

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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.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Axel Merk (runtime 40m:55s):

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    In this podcast, Axel explains:

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