Axel Merk

Axel Merk

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Axel Merk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments and Manager of the Merk Funds. He is a recognized expert on macro trends, the global economy, monetary policy and international investing. An authority on currencies, including gold, he is a pioneer in the use of strategic currency investing to seek diversification and portable alpha. Merk is also a sought-after speaker, contributor and author. His bookSustainable Wealth” describes how the greater economic universe works, how it might affect your finances, and how to manage those finances to seek financial stability. Merk has been named the “Currency Guru” by Morningstar. He is a regular guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. His insight and expertise have allowed him to predict major economic developments. 

Professional Experience


  • Under his leadership, Merk Investments has grown into a billion dollar investment advisory firm. 

  • He leads the firm in offering investment funds and advisory services on liquid global markets, including domestic and international equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies.

  • His firm also offers advisory services to high-net-worth individuals, trusts, and institutional clients.


  • In 2003, he pinpointed the macro trend of U.S. dollar volatility while warning about the building of the credit bubble.

  • In 2005, he positioned his clients to move out of real estate and protect them against a faltering U.S. dollar by investing in hard currencies and gold.

  • In 2007, he wisely cautioned that volatility would surge, causing a painful global credit contraction affecting all asset classes.