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Press Release:
Merk Hard Currency Fund Manager Axel Merk to Speak at the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

-- Axel Merk to discuss “The Dollar At Risk: Driving Forces and How to Diversify” --

Axel Merk, manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund, is invited by the NORCAL Study Group of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to discuss the driving forces behind the fall of the dollar and ways to diversify.

The presentation will address issues including:

  • How will the global imbalances unwind?
  • What is Asia’s role in supporting the dollar?
  • Why is the US housing market relevant in determining dollar strength?
  • How will different asset classes perform as the dollar weakens?

HS. Lordships Restaurant – at the Berkeley Marina waterfront
199 Seawall Drive
Berkeley, CA

2:40 PM – 3:30 PM PT, Saturday, October 21, 2006

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

Merk Investments
(650)323 4341

Opinions expressed in this meeting announcement and at the chapter meetings are not necessarily those of NAPFA.

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.

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