Collectables and alternative investments

Enjoy your hobby, but don't give up the day job

Alternative investments boomed in the heady days of easy credit. But can you really make a fortune with stamps, books and wine? For the vast majority, the answer is no.

Pop goes the art bubble

The economic crisis means it’s back to art for art’s sake as pieces fail to sell at auction. Buy it for love, not money, says Ruth Jackson.

Wine: it's for drinking, not investing in

Keeping wine can make an excellent hobby. But as an investment idea, it’s an expensive, illiquid non-starter.

Modern art: investment or confidence trick?

Collectors and sellers have a common interest in propping up the art market. But the strain is beginning to show. The illusion can’t last for ever, says Eoin Gleeson.

Time to take profits in alternative assets

Prices for collectables such as fine wine, art and stamps are affected by the amount of money chasing them. But, says Jody Clarke, this investment money is likely to dry up as the global economy slows.

Are 'alternative investments' a fading fad?-

Two darlings of the alternative investments sector – private equity and hedge funds – don’t look quite so clever now that things aren’t going so well with the global economy.

A first edition could be a gift to bank on

First edition books are an ideal present for anyone who loves reading and collecting. What’s more, as an asset class like wine or art, they’re the gift that could potentially keep on giving.

Is the art bubble about to pop?

We’re all aware of the sky-high prices many artworks can now command – but as top auction houses fail to shift apparently fail-safe bets, boom could be turning to bust, says Jody Clarke.

Is the art mania coming to an end?

Merryn Somerset Webb was shocked to discover that a sculpture she nearly bought for £3,200 five years ago recently sold for £356,000. Unfortunately, the days of such stratospheric gains seem to be over.

Why you won’t get rich by investing in art

There are bubbles everywhere – the question is: which one will pop first? It could well be the overheated, overhyped art market. And that’s no bad thing, says John Stepek.

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