Alternative Investment News – October 2011

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Alternative Investment News October 2011

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European stocks down 25% in last quarter

Can you put your trust in gold?

Vintage wine prices soar 300% in past decade

4.1% growth for rare stamps since 2010

Beatles' first album enjoys 15% spike in 12 months

Romanee-Conti 1990 up 13% on pre-recession figures

Memorabilia of Hollywood's favourite cross-dresser nets $1m

Brazil market update

Collectibles investments in the press

Past issues of Alternative Investment News

About Paul Fraser Collectibles


European stocks down 25% in last quarter

The European stock markets have suffered one of their worst quarterly declines of the past decade during the last three months.

Figures from Friday September 30 revealed stock values in Germany and France were down 25% while London's FTSE had dropped 14% since the end of June, its worst performance since 2002. more

Can you put your trust in gold?

It's been among the most dependable commodities throughout the globalfinancial crisis.

Investors have been returning to the precious metal again and again since the credit crunch struck in late 2008.

From $1,025 per ounce at the end of October 2008, the price of gold had risen to $1,786 by Thursday September 22, 2011.

But then, by the following Monday, the price had dropped by 14% to $1,535, sparking commotion around the world.

No doubt gold will recover its strength in due course, but the story is an important reminder of the need for a balanced portfolio to iron-out the fluctuations of investment performance.

So perhaps now is the time to consider alternative investments?

Paul Fraser Collectibles' free report on the Top 10 reasons to Invest in Collectibles will give you a head start.

Vintage wine prices soar 300% in past decade

Liv-ex Fine Wine 100

The Liv-Ex Fine Wine 100, which tracks the world's 100 most collectible wines, has shown a 300% appreciation since its launch in 2001, a 13.49% increase year-on-year.

Fine art prices have risen by 120% over the same period, according to the Artprice Global Index.

It's little wonder the world's leading economists, such as former head of research at Moore Capital Management, Joe Roseman, are excited by the potential of investment alternatives to the stalling FTSE. more

4.1% growth for rare stamps since 2010

The average price for the world's most coveted stamps has increased by 4.1% since the beginning of 2010, according to London philately experts Stanley Gibbons.

The company's SG 100 Stamp Index, which tracks the auction and retail performance of the world's 100 most regularly traded stamps, has revealed a cumulative growth of more than 97% since its inception in 2000. more

Beatles' first album enjoys 15% spike in 12 months

An unplayed rare US copy of the Beatles' Please Please Me album sold for $18,355 at an eBay auction in September; a record for a Please Please Me LP.

Just 300 pressings of the Parlophone disc were produced in 1963 before its hasty withdrawal two weeks later due to four songs being credited to the wrong publisher.

A Please Please Me album achieved $15,902 in September 2010. more

Romanee-Conti 1990 up 13% on pre-recession figures

A 12 bottle case of Romanee-Conti 1990 sold for $297,179 at a Hong Kong auctionin September, setting a new world record for a dozen bottles of the vintage.

"The passion and interest in Burgundy is growing rapidly every new sale, and mainland [China] is just starting to discover the greatness of the region," said the auction house's CEO, John Kapon.

A case sold for $262,900 in October 2007. more

Memorabilia of Hollywood's favourite cross-dresser nets $1m

The jacket actor Tony Curtis wore in Some Like it Hot sold for $48,000 at auction last month. Curtis, who died in 2010, played a cross-dressing saxophone player opposite Marilyn Monroe in the 1959 film.

The auction, which achieved $1m in total, also included a signed Andy Warhol print of Tony Curtis's high-heeled shoes from the film, dedicated to the actor.

Brazil market update

A beach in Paraiba, north-east BrazilBrazilian investors are tearing themselves away from the beach and heading to the auction house

Art: The Brazilian art market grew by 50%a year during the past decade, according tofigures quoted in the Financial Times. The increasingpopularity for art investment in the country was further demonstrated by May's launch of the $24m BGA Private Equity Investment Fund. The three-year fund is focusing on Brazilian contemporary works. more

Whisky: Scotch whisky sales to Brazil grew by 56% during the first six months of 2011, figures from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)show. Whisky is now the UK's sixth biggest export to the country. A spokesperson for the SWA told Britain's Telegraph newspaper that South American whisky consumers are "generally young, newly affluent", who are looking to "make a statement". more

Wine: Brazil's growing middle class has prompted a surge in demand for wine in the country, a move that has some experts predicting strong sales over the coming years. more

Collectibles investments in the press

Autographs: Paul Fraser discusses the potential of investing in autographs with the Financial Times more

Classic cars: The Wall Street Journal details a new avenue for classic car collectors more

Travel posters: The Financial Times' Simon de Burton reveals the five-figure returns available from collectible travel posters more

Past issues of Alternative Investment News

September 2011

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