Collectables and alternative investments

My top tips for getting great eBay bargains

If you know what you’re doing, you can find sterling silver at unbelievable prices on online auction sites. Bengt Saelensminde explains what to watch out for – and reveals a few tips on how to steal a bargain.

Gamble of the week: Post a profit with this stamp collector

The index which tracks Britain’s 30 rarest stamps has made impressive returns over the last 40 years. And you can make a play on this expanding sector with this stamp-selling stock, says Paul Hill.

A surprising alternative to gold

Stock market volatility sends people searching for safe havens for their money. And precious metals are popular investments, but with the meteoric rise in the price of silver, Bengt Saelesminde suggests how you can turn forgotten antiques into shining profits.

Have art funds had their day?

As prices for works of art soar, more and more people are trying to plug art investment funds. Last September there were only 12 active art funds across the globe. Now there are 41 in development. But should you buy in?

The art market is warning of a slump in China

China is now the main driver of growth in many sectors of the global economy, including the art market. Demand has driven auction prices ever higher. But now one indicator is warning of a slump ahead. John Stepek investigates.

A safe way to invest in fine wines

This year, the Liv-ex wine index is up 35%. Some top quality wines have outperformed even gold. And there’s no reason why you can’t ride this trend too, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he explains how.

Spread your risk with alternative investments

Alternative investments – anything from art to fine wine and vintage cars – can be both great fun and an enormous step towards diversifying your wealth and risk, says Bengt Saelensminde.

The return of Nazi loot

A deal between Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Art Foundation and the heir of a Jewish banker has put the issue of art stolen in the Nazi period back in the spotlight. Simon Wilson reports on why this case is so special, and what it means for the art markets.

Is wine worth a punt?

The Liv-ex 100 Fine Wine Index is up 9.5% over 12 months. So should you be piling into the fine wine market? Jody Clarke finds out.

Is art a valid refuge from inflation?

Gold is frequently cited as investors’ favourite safe haven. But what about art?

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