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Press Release: Merk White Paper Finds China’s Leadership Transition May Result in Stronger Currency to Support Social Stability

— The Authority on Currencies™ analyzes the implications of China’s 2012 leadership transition —

PALO ALTO, CA. December 15, 2011 - Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds, today announced the release of a new White Paper on China’s leadership transition and its implications for the economy and investors globally.

In 2012, China is poised to undergo a significant change in the official leadership structure of its country. The Merk White Paper asserts that because China maintains centralized government control over much of the country, even a marginal change in leadership composition may have deep and far reaching implications globally.

“Based on our analysis, we are likely to see the adoption of more flexible market dynamics and ongoing gradual strengthening of the Chinese currency,” states Kieran Osborne, Merk’s Director of Research. “Political and economic realities are likely to force Chinese policy makers to allow the RMB to appreciate, to help manage domestic inflationary pressures, and thus maintain social stability,” conludes Axel Merk, President and CIO of Merk Investments.

The White Paper “China’s Leadership Transition” is available for download at

Merk Investments, with over $750 million in assets under management, is a Palo Alto, California based SEC registered investment advisory firm and the manager of the Merk Funds.  Merk is the largest mutual fund company that focuses predominantly on currencies. The Merk Funds are a suite of transparent no-load currency mutual funds, consisting of: the Merk Hard Currency Fund® (MERKX), the Merk Asian Currency Fund® (MEAFX), the Merk Absolute Return Currency Fund® (MABFX) and the Merk Currency Enhanced U.S. Equity Fund℠ (MUSFX). The Merk Funds provide investors with the opportunity to add managed currency exposure to their portfolios, which may provide valuable diversification benefits. 

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