Axel Merk is the President and CIO of Merk Investments, manager of the Merk Funds, which he founded in Switzerland 1994 by pooling the investments he had been managing for his friends starting in college. He then relocated the firm to California in 2001 as a SEC registered investment advisory. Merk is an expert on macro trends as well as an innovator in gold and currency investing. He is a sought-after speaker, contributor and author his book, Sustainable Wealth, describes how the greater economic universe works, how it might affect and how to manage your finances to seek financial stability. Axel Merk holds a B.A. in Economics magna cum laude and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University.Merk's insight and expertise have allowed him to predict major economic developments he identified the credit bubble and moved his clients out of real estate and the faltering U.S. dollar, into hard currencies and gold ahead of the equity and credit market collapse of last decade.