Collectables and alternative investments

Investing in the 'stamps that changed the world'

Rare stamps can fetch astronomical prices. Chris Carter visits the Europhilex Stamp Exhibition to see some of the stamps that changed the world, and asks if it’s worth investing.

Artists for every budget: from a canvas for £150 to a photo that fetched £2.7m

Sarah Ryan of New Blood Art tips two painters and a photographer who find inspiration in the everyday.

Two young turks of the art world inspired by Anselm Kiefer

Interested in investing in art but not quite ready to splash out on a household name? Sarah Ryan of New Blood Art looks at two rising artists inspired by painter Anselm Kiefer.

Rare books: the ideal Christmas gift

Rare books have traditionally been considered a poor investment, but think again, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The emerging artists following in the footsteps of an American legend

Interested in investing in art but not quite ready to splash out on an old master? Sarah Ryan of New Blood Art looks at two rising artists inspired by photographer Ansel Adams.

Financial innovation can rescue savers

Not getting the interest on savings you’d like from your bank? Then it’s time to cut out the middleman, says David C Stevenson.

Rhydian Lewis: The peer-to-peer pioneer

Rhydian Lewis revolutionised the lending industry with his peer-to-peer online lending platform, Ratesetter.

Six rules for spotting great art

Buying art can be a good investment as well as intrinsically rewarding. Sarah Ryan of New Blood Art looks at how to spot the artists with the most potential before they make it big.

Stamp out hopes of profits from philately

For many years now, people have been telling Merryn Somerset Webb that stamps are a brilliant alternative investment. For just as many years, she has been ignoring them. You should too.

Which 'Swag' assets should you buy?

As it gets tougher to profit from mainstream assets, many investors are turning to alternatives such as precious metals, wine and art. But which ones should you buy? Matthew Partridge investigates.

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