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July 23, 2014 Merk Gold ETF (OUNZ) Successfully Delivers Gold to Investor
PALO ALTO, CA. July 23, 2014 – The Merk Gold Trust (NYSE:OUNZ), the deliverable gold ETF, successfully completed its first gold delivery. More...
May 2014 Merk Gold Trust - OUNZ Launch Coverage
  • Bloomberg - "Ron Paul's Dream ETF: Gold and No Taxes" (*)
  • MarketWatch - ETF Let's Retail Investors Swap Shares for Gold"
  • Barrons - "Gold: Do You Want That in ETF Shares or Bars and Coins?"
  • ETF.Com - "Why New Gold Fund OUNZ Isn't a Gimmick"
  • - "Merk Gold Trust ETF Lowers the Bar for Physical Gold"
  • ETFTrends - "Merk Launches Gold ETF That Provides Access to Physical Bullion"
  • InvestmentNews - "Gold bug's dream ETF offers hedge against financial apocalypse"
  • And more...
May 16, 2014 Merk Launches OUNZ: Deliverable Gold ETF
  Merk Investments enters the ETF market with the launch of the Merk Gold Trust, the deliverable gold ETF. Merk Gold Trust shares will trade on the NYSE Arca under the symbol "OUNZ". The Merk Gold Trust (OUNZ) provides investors with the opportunity to buy and hold gold through an ETF with the option to take delivery of physical gold if and when desired. More...
Jan 1, 2014 The Wall Street Journal profiles portfolio manager Axel Merk for his brave euro call in 2013
Merk Hard Currency Fund

"...Axel Merk, who runs the $415 million Merk Investments LLC in Palo Alto, Calif., maintained a bullish position throughout the year, according to fund documents, even when the common currency sunk close to $1.27 in April and May[...] Mr. Merk's 2013 prediction proved accurate. Europe's common currency rose more than 4% against the dollar for the year, the biggest gainer among major currencies for the first time since its inception 14 years ago. Mr. Merk's Absolute Return Currency Fund was up 5.8% for the year.

Mr. Merk says the euro is poised to appreciate further as European banks dump risky overseas assets and convert that money into euros at home. 'In the U.S., we have bank failures all the time, but that doesn't mean the dollar's going down the drain,' he says..."

Oct 8, 2013 Merk May Have an Answer to Bond Fears
Merk Absolute Return Currency Fund

PALO ALTO, CA. October 8, 2013 – the Merk Absolute Return Currency Fund (MABFX) has delivered positive absolute returns in both rising and falling dollar environments. “For investors increasingly concerned about their bond holdings, the Merk Absolute Return Currency Fund may be an attractive alternative,” explains Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments, the manager of Merk Funds. More...

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* The 'no tax' reference relates to OUNZ's feature that taking delivery of gold is not a taxable event as investors are merely taking posession of the gold they already own through the shares. Please read the prospectus for a discussion of how an investment in OUNZ is taxed. This is not tax advice.


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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a commodity pool for the purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act. Shares of the Trust are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds. Because shares of the Trust are intended to reflect the price of the gold held in the Trust, the market price of the shares is subject to fluctuations similar to those affecting gold prices. Additionally, shares of the Trust are bought and sold at market price, not at net asset value (“NAV”). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The request for redemption of shares for gold is subject to a number of risks including but not limited to the potential for the price of gold to decline during the time between the submission of the request and delivery. Delivery may take a considerable amount of time depending on your location.

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Trust shares trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk and will fluctuate in market value. The value of Trust shares relates directly to the value of the gold held by the Trust (less its expenses), and fluctuations in the price of gold could materially and adversely affect an investment in the shares. The price received upon the sale of the shares, which trade at market price, may be more or less than the value of the gold represented by them. The Trust does not generate any income, and as the Trust regularly issues shares to pay for the Sponsor’s ongoing expenses, the amount of gold represented by each Share will decline over time. Investing involves risk, and you could lose money on an investment in the Trust. For a more complete discussion of the risk factors relative to the Trust, carefully read the prospectus.

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