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Press Release:
Merk Investments adds Chief Economist & Global Strategist

PALO ALTO, CA. - May 6, 2008 - Merk Investments, the mutual fund company managing the Merk Asian Currency Fund (MEAFX) and the Merk Hard Currency Fund (MERKX), announced today that it has hired Joseph Brusuelas as chief economist and global strategist. Mr. Brusuelas will head research and analysis and communicate the Merk Perspective to the markets. Mr. Brusuelas joins Merk Investments from IDEAglobal where he worked as the chief U.S. economist.

"Through his leadership in identifying how economic trends impact investors, Joe's insights will help us identify the main beneficiaries of the macroeconomic trends," says Axel Merk, president and chief investment officer at Merk. "His work enables us to develop new unique products, such as our recently launched Merk Asian Currency Fund."

"I am excited to join the Merk team, whom I consider true innovators as they have transformed currency investing into an asset class for long-term investors. I share Merk's philosophy that sustainable wealth is built over the long term, with superior insights, clear focus and commitment," concludes Mr. Brusuelas.

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Merk Investments ( is a registered investment adviser and the manager of the Merk Mutual Funds with over $400 million in assets under management. Through the Merk Hard Currency Fund and the Merk Asian Currency Fund, Merk Investments seeks to provide retail investors with options to diversify their holdings outside of the U.S. dollar through investing in baskets of currencies.

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