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Axel Merk

author Image Axel Merk is the founder and president of Merk Investments.

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Areas of Expertise: macroeconomic trends, hard money, international investing, and building sustainable wealth

Websites: www.merkfunds.com, www.sustainablewealth.org

Books: Sustainable Wealth

Topics Presented in Speeches: the global economy and the dollar, currency as an asset class, the diversification factor

Axel Merk is the founder and president of Merk Investments and the author of “Sustainable Wealth,” (John Wiley & Sons, 2010). “Sustainable Wealth” is about understanding how the greater economic universe works, how that may affect your finances, and how to manage those finances to seek financial stability.

Merk is an expert on macro trends, hard money, international investing and building sustainable wealth. An authority on currencies, he is a pioneer in the use of strategic currency investing to seek diversification. Merk is a sought-after speaker and author, as well as a regular guest and contributor to business media around the world.

Axel Merk holds a BA in economics (magna cum laude) and an MSc in computer science from Brown University. He founded Merk Investments in Switzerland in 1994; in 2001, he relocated the business to the U.S. He is married to Hanna Tikkanen-Merk and they live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their four children. He is a marathon runner and a private pilot.

Articles by this Author

  1. Portfolio Strategies »

    Using Currencies to Diversify Your Portfolio

    Investing in currencies can reduce the overall risk profile of your portfolio, as currencies have different and less volatile returns than stocks and bonds.

    April 2012 | Journal

  2. Portfolio Strategies »

    Sustaining Wealth in an Uncertain Environment

    Successful wealth management involves controlling expenses, finding good values and assessing how much risk can be taken.

    June 2010 | Journal