Collectables and alternative investments

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.

Will your cellar mature in value as well as flavour?

Wine has been on a bull run since 2001, with the Liv-Ex 100 wine index up almost 160%. But could the credit crunch mean a bubbly end to the wine market?

Why buying stamps should be left to the experts

Stamps have done so well as an investment in recent years that philately group Stanley Gibbons has persuaded Bloomberg to carry stamp price indices on its terminals. But is it really such a great way to diversify your portfolio? To answer that question, you need to remind yourself why you invest in the first place…

Investing in wine: Wine matures as an asset class

There is a romantic notion about wine investment, which is that you can buy two cases of young wine so that you can drink one and sell the other to finance the purchase of another two cases. Sadly, though, it’s not much of an investment policy.

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