Chinese stamp investment outlook - Paul Fraser's view



2015-06-26 12:52:18

Chinese stamp investment outlook - Paul Fraser's view

The outlook for Chinese stamp investment is healthy in the short term, says Paul Fraser

What do you think the value is in investing in stampswhere China hashad such a big effect? Ken, via email, May 30, 2012

Paul: Ken, a great question. The new wealth of China has had a huge impact on the stamps and collectibles sector,especiallywithin China itself. The country's rapidly expanding number of millionaires means values for Chinese stamps are soaring - in the past few days we've seen the Chinese stamp auction record broken, and Monkey stamps are up 186% in 18 months. While this influx of money into the China stamps market means many buyers have now been priced out, those at the top end can capitalise on the rising prices by buying now.

Will the price rises continue beyond the short term? The jury is out on the long range future of the Chinese economy (and the subsequent spending power of Chinese buyers)but the IMF predicts that it will continue to grow at a steady rate of 8% pauntil at least 2015 - plenty of time to get in, and out, if needed.

China's impact on the rest of the stamp sector has been less pronounced, with Chinese buyers tending to focus on issues from their own country. Consequently, areas such as Great British stamps continue to show strong, steady gains, without the huge spikes seen in the Chinese market. The 30 leading collectible British stamps have risen in value by 10.8% pa since 1998.

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2016-03-14 05:48:33

Great point! I wanna share another observation mine on this topic: Ever since there's platform such as eBay, stamps have been bought and sold in the market at a much lower rates than before. Some auctions houses somehow start struggling to make it through. Interestingly, China stamps are still on the rise... Perhaps the hobby is shifting east!!!
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