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Press Release:
Web Conference on the Dollar at Risk: Learn to Diversify from the Manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund

-- Merk Hard Currency Fund Manager Discusses Driving Forces Behind the Fall of the Dollar and Ways to Diversify --

Axel Merk, President of Merk Investments and Manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund (MERKX), will host a Web Conference on “The Dollar at Risk: Driving Forces and How to Diversity” on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.

Mr. Merk will give two separate presentations, the first exclusively for advisors and brokers; the second open to investors and the general public.

The presentations will cover questions including:

  • How will the global imbalances unwind?
  • What is Asia’s role in supporting the dollar?
  • Why is the US consumer relevant in determining dollar strength?
  • Is rising protectionist sentiment a threat to the dollar?
  • How will different asset classes perform as the dollar weakens?


Advisors & Brokers: 1:00pm PT / 4:00pm ET on Wed June 21, 2006
Investors & General Public 2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET on Wed June 21, 2006

Please visit to register.

For more information about the Merk Hard Currency Fund, including how to obtain a prospectus and to invest, please visit

About the Merk Hard Currency Fund and Merk Investments
The Merk Hard Currency Fund (MERKX) is a no-load mutual fund that invests in a basket of hard currencies from countries with strong monetary policies assembled to protect against the depreciation of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies. 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 For more information on Merk Investments, please visit

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 Merk Hard Currency 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 or calling 866-MERK FUND. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

The Fund’s 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.