Axel Merk

Dec 4, 2014
Who would have predicted oil prices in the $60 range a year ago? Something is not right about these markets. Our take: don't get burned when markets add fuel to the fire. Here's what to watch out for as we head into 2015; ignore at your own peril.

Nov 11, 2014
On Nov. 30, the Swiss are voting whether to amend their country's constitution on an initiative titled "Save Our Swiss Gold." The Swiss gold initiative appears widely misunderstood, both inside and outside of Switzerland.

Nov 5, 2014
Japan's economy is down but not yet out. The world's third-largest economy won't go quietly. Both these statements are merely my opinion, but if you believe there's a risk that I'm right, you may want to pay attention to what the implications may be.

Oct 29, 2014
Any doubts about why I own gold as an investment were dispelled last Saturday when I met the maestro himself: former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan.

Oct 9, 2014
To make sense of the markets, it might be ever more important to dissect what we might call convincingly irrational behavior by policymakers. To make sense of stocks, bonds and currencies, you might need to discern some of the madness that's unfolding in front of our eyes.

Sep 16, 2014
"Bullying" by the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank (ECB), Bank of England and Bank of Japan (BOJ) has been in place for up to six years, forcing not-so-mighty central banks, savers and investors to deal with the consequences.

Sep 10, 2014
Is your portfolio's fate dependent on Scotland? Why is it that when a place known for haggis, kilts and bagpipes indicates it might want to be independent, the markets pay attention?

Sep 4, 2014
One reason markets tend to get a little nervous in September is that it's time for investors to ponder about their asset allocation for the remainder of the year and beyond. With the markets at or near record highs and the U.S. dollar on a roll, what could possibly go wrong?

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