Former Fed President William Poole to Speak at CFA in San Francisco

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Former Federal Reserve President to present: "After the Recession: Long Run Issues Facing the Country"

In the presentation titled "After the Recession," William Poole, former Fed President and current Merk Investments Senior Economic Adviser, will address the financial and economic landscape as part of CFA San Francisco's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Mr. Poole retired as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in March 2008. In that position, he served on the Federal Reserve's main monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee. He has been Senior Economic Adviser at Merk Investments since July 2008.

"Beyond his role as a voice of reason on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), Mr. Poole is a distinguished scholar and promoter of macroeconomic understanding," says Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer at Merk Investments. "Merk Investments is honored to have our research be enriched by his insights and experience."

What:     "After the Recession: Long Run Issues Facing the Country"

Where:    Palace Hotel, Ralston Ballroom, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

When:     3:00PM - 6:00 PM PT, Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mr. Poole will be available for interviews in the morning on March 19, 2009. For information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

    Kristen Johansen
    Merk Investments
    (650)323 4341
    kristen(at)merkinvestments.com

Dr. Poole's presentation is sponsored by Merk Investments. Opinions expressed in this meeting announcement are not necessarily those of CFA.

More information about Merk Investments and William Poole

Merk Investments LLC, is a Palo Alto, California based SEC registered investment advisory firm. Merk Investments manages the Merk Mutual Funds, including the Merk Hard Currency Fund (http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=merkx MERKX) and the Merk Asian Currency Fund (http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=meafx MEAFX). For more information on Merk Investments, please visit http://www.merkfund.com.

William Poole is Senior Economic Adviser to Merk Investments, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Delaware.

Before joining the St. Louis Fed, Mr. Poole was Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics at Brown University. He served on the Brown faculty from 1974 to 1998 and the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University from 1963 to 1969. Between these two university positions, he was Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the first Reagan administration, from 1982 to 1985.

This information does not constitute a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any investment product, nor provide investment advice. Merk Investments, LLC.

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