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Quotation

When stocks reach new highs month after month, when a virtual currency is the hottest thing in town, greed has overtaken fear. And when that happens, well, it’s time to be fearful again. Consider this a wake-up call.

Axel Merk, chief investment officer at San Francisco-based Merk Investments