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US Economic Data and Events for October 15th, 2008

Economics / UK Economy Oct 15, 2008 - 06:29 AM GMT

By: Joseph_Brusuelas

Economics

Day In Review:

• US announces $250bln plan to rescue banking system and FDIC stated it would fully guarantee newly issued, senor unsecured debt from select banks


• Market responds positively to response, but equities retrace on only modest improvement in LIBOR, concern about corporate earnings and economic conditions going forward

• Yields on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac corporate debt widened on the back of the government guarantee of banks

• Bank of New York Mellon was named by the US Treasury to provide custodial services to administer TARP program

• ECB President Trichet urged policymakers to restore the discipline that characterized markets in the immediate post WW-II world. Trichet implied that slower growth in the EU region may pave the way for further rate cuts.

Day Ahead:

• Major event risk for the day will be the resetting of LIBOR fixings and the LIBOR-OIS spread. We expect price action in markets to be shaped by where LIBOR and credit spreads settle

• Fed Chair Ben Bernanke will speak before the Economic Club of New York on the economic outlook and the financial markets

• Heavy slate of macro-data on tap will include the PPI, advance retail sales, and Empire Manufacturing Survey all for September

By Joseph Brusuelas
Chief Economist, VP Global Strategy of the Merk Hard Currency Fund

Bridging academic rigor and communications, Joe Brusuelas provides the Merk team with significant experience in advanced research and analysis of macro-economic factors, as well as in identifying how economic trends impact investors.  As Chief Economist and Global Strategist, he is responsible for heading Merk research and analysis and communicating the Merk Perspective to the markets.

Mr. Brusuelas holds an M.A and a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State and is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Before joining Merk, Mr. Brusuelas was the chief US Economist at IDEAglobal in New York.  Before that he spent 8 years in academia as a researcher and lecturer covering themes spanning macro- and microeconomics, money, banking and financial markets.  In addition, he has worked at Citibank/Salomon Smith Barney, First Fidelity Bank and Great Western Investment Management.

© 2008 Merk Investments® LLC
The Merk Hard Currency Fund is managed by Merk Investments, an investment advisory 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 the business to the US where all investment advisory activities are conducted by Merk Investments LLC, a SEC-registered investment adviser.

Merk Investments has since pursued a macro-economic approach to investing, with substantial gold and hard currency exposure.

Merk Investments is making the Merk Hard Currency Fund available to retail investors to allow them to diversify their portfolios and, through the fund, invest in a basket of hard currencies.

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