Axel Merk

Mar 20, 2018
We don’t have a crystal ball, but what we do know is that with all the noise there is, the most important thing may be to have a plan.

Feb 13, 2018
This doesn’t mean volatility will stay at the extreme levels we saw on February 5, but I consider it most unlikely that volatility will collapse yet again, with the VIX index staying below 10 for an extended period.

Dec 6, 2017
With the stock market and Bitcoin reaching all-time highs, what can possible go wrong? In offering my thoughts on 2018, I see my role in reminding investors to stress test their portfolios. Is your portfolio built of straw, sticks or brick?

Nov 30, 2017
Nobody knows whether the market is going to plunge next year, but anyone who fears that it might may be well served taking that that into account, as staying fully invested presumably implies taking on more risk than one is comfortable with.

Oct 4, 2017
If you were to analyze the impact of any tax changes on any asset, you have two sets of dynamics to consider: those of the tax reform and those of the asset.

Sep 27, 2017
Spending $26.95 to pick Ray Dalio's brain for over 16 hours listening to the audiobook appears fantastic value to me. The thought crossed my mind to offer Mr. Dalio a charity donation in his name if he gave me the opportunity to make it a two-way conversation over lunch....

Sep 13, 2017
Should the investment advice we give to someone young truly be different from that given to someone old? And given where asset prices are, is it responsible to tell anyone to pile into the markets?

Jul 15, 2017
Advocates of a smaller Fed balance sheet have praised the Fed’s moves to commit themselves to a reduction, making it more difficult to reverse course, especially since they have stated that interest rate policy will be separate from deciding on the size of the balance sheet.

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