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Press Release:
Axel Merk to Speak at Gold and Precious Metals Investment Conference ’05 in San Francisco

-- Merk Hard Currency Fund manager to moderate main conference session and be featured on Korelin Economics Report --

PALO ALTO, Calif. — November 21, 2005 — Axel Merk, manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund and president and founder of Merk Investments, will moderate the San Francisco Gold & Precious Metals Investment Conference and will be featured on the Korelin Economics Report, a radio program focused on asset-based investing and macroeconomics. Program host Al Korelin will interview Merk live on the show floor at the Gold and Precious Metal Investment Conference in San Francisco. Merk will discuss the various market forces that may negatively impact the value of the dollar and some strategies that investors who seek to protect against a falling dollar may wish to consider.

Details, Radio Interview

What: Axel Merk will discuss the various market forces that may negatively impact the value of the dollar and some strategies that investors who seek to protect against a falling dollar may wish to consider.
Where: Booth 125
Gold and Precious Metals Investment Conference ‘05
San Francisco Marriott
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA
When: 10:00 AM PT, Sunday, November 27, 2005

Details, Moderator of Main Conference Session

What: Axel Merk will moderate the main conference session. Session panelists will include representatives from Harmony, Goldcorp, Kinross Gold Corp, Meridian Gold Company as well as Adrian Day of Adrian Day Asset Management.
Where:

Main Conference Hall
Gold and Precious Metal Investment Conference ‘05
San Francisco Marriott
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA

When: 9:15 AM PT, Monday, November 28, 2005

Mr. Merk will be available for interviews at the conference. For information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Leslie Drohan
Boldbrook Marketing
(508) 836-4300
leslie@boldbrook.com

About the Merk Hard Currency Fund and Merk Investments
The Merk Hard Currency Fund, a pure play on hard currencies, provides investors with a new fundamental investment option to gain exposure to hard currencies such as the euro, Swiss franc, Australian dollar and indirectly in gold. To gain access to a basket of hard
currencies without the Fund, investors must either determine which currencies they wish to invest in and gain exposure through buying those currencies directly; invest in funds that may include more speculative currencies in their portfolios; invest in international stock or bond funds that introduce stock market, credit and/or interest risks; or engage in complex and speculative derivative trading.

The Merk Hard Currency Fund is managed by Merk Investments, a money management firm that invests with discipline and long-term focus while adapting to changing environments.

Axel Merk, president of Merk Investments, makes all investment decisions for the Merk Hard Currency Fund. Mr. Merk founded Merk Investments AG in Switzerland in 1994; in 2001, he relocated to the US and transferred all investment advisory activities to Merk Investments LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser.

Mr. Merk holds a BA in Economics (magna cum laude) and MSc in Computer Science from Brown University, Rhode Island. The institution awarded him the Class of 1873 Prize for Excellence in Economics in 1991. He has extensive experience and expertise in how global financial imbalances, as evidenced by an enormous trade deficit, affect the markets. He has published many articles describing complex economic phenomena in understandable terms and speaks on the topics of investment and global financial markets at conferences.

For more information on the Merk Hard Currency Fund, please visit www.merkfunds.com. For more information on Merk Investments, please visit www.merkinvestments.com.

As with any mutual fund product, there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goals. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks and charges and expenses of the Fund carefully before investing. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the Fund's website at www.merkfunds.com or calling 866-MERK FUND. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

The Fund’s investment value will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than original cost. Principal investment risks include, but are not limited to, currency exchange rate risk, foreign instrument risk, gold related and derivative securities risk, interest rate risk, and non-diversification risk. For a more complete discussion of these risks please refer to the Fund’s prospectus. Foreside Fund Services, LLC, distributor.