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5 Ways to Value Your Collection, Whether It’s Fine Wine or Shrunken Heads
March 1, 2019 | The New York Times | By Paul Sullivan.

Collectible assets include wine, spirits, coins, trading cards as well as more unusual items, like lighters, belt buckles and even shrunken heads. These collections cost money and time to assemble and certainly have a value to their owners, but can they be considered legitimate investments? That depends on the market.

For many collectors, the only option to buy, sell or even value these assets is through online auction platforms like eBay or enthusiast sites, but for others, their possessions are treated as fine art.......the market for collectibles, which are often valued in the millions of dollars, may not always be so easy to weather. It can experience sudden surges that put desired items out of the reach of true collectors or it can collapse, wiping out the gains speculators thought they had made.

In an economic slowdown, how these investments are treated depends on supply and demand as well as unpredictable forces like fashion and popularity.....Collectibles can be broken into categories determined by provenance, rarity and even a moment in time. Here are five issues to consider when weighing the investment potential of your collection.....
(1) The standouts in the crowd - Leading the pack are high-quality items that have broad name recognition.
(2) High risk, high reward -
(3) Not all collectibles are investments- jewelry is not an investment....because the market is driven too much by changing fashion.
(4) Obscure and difficult to sell - establish the value of esoteric collections by using third-party appraisers. But insurance companies like A.I.G. value these collections by their replacement value, not by the price someone would pay for them.
(5) A market downturn - =hether it’s shrunken heads, 1,000 bottles of wine or sheets of trading cards, a ready buyer may not be available — or may want to pay much less (i.e. a step change in the valuation).
collectibles  collectors  high-risk  howto  obscure  valuations  AIG  auctions  assets  brands  eBay  economic_downturn  esoteric  fine_arts  high-end  high-quality  investing  investments  passions  step_change  unpredictability  wine  whisky  online_auctions 
march 2019 by jerryking
Lack of investment is the real tragedy in Africa
June 10 2005 | FT | By Kurt Hoffman.

The moral question of our time has little to do with public money and everything to do with private capital.

The calls for rich taxpayers' money to eliminate poverty, either as debt relief or as aid, drown out the whoosh of billions of dollars of private capital that is circling the globe, looking for a place to land and multiply. The real tragedy is that only 1 per cent of it finds its way to sub-Saharan Africa.

This vote of no confidence in Africa on the part of global investors is seen by some as a justification for doubling aid. But this is confounded by the fact that Africa delivers some of the highest returns on investment on the planet.

Even more intriguing: despite the misperception that capital shortages are holding back development, banks across east, west and sub-Saharan Africa are actually flush with money. Yet they refuse to lend it to those who can do the most with it: millions of disenfranchised, small-scale African entrepreneurs who could lift Africa out of poverty if given half a chance.
Africa  investments  sub-Saharan_Africa  investors  ROI  private_equity  misperceptions  disenfranchisement  mom-and-pop  capital_shortages  small-scale  entrepreneur 
august 2012 by jerryking
In China, a leap forward by Canada
Feb. 08, 2012| The Globe and Mail | Editorial on China and Canada committing to a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement with China....The two essential ingredients in a FIPA are that each country “shall accord to investors of the other [country] treatment no less favourable than that it accords ... to its own investors” and that there will be a dispute settlement mechanism.
investing  investors  investments  crossborder  China  FDI  editorials 
february 2012 by jerryking
Strategies for the Chemical Industry: How to Create a World of Opportunities
March 01, 2006 | Chemical Equipment | Anonymous. Few would
deny that opportunities exist in chemicals, but prevailing wisdom
suggests that the chemical industry is a mature sector. Maturity,
though, lies in the eye of the beholder. Large parts of the sector are
solid, plodding even, but they produce decent returns and could produce
more. Exciting areas of research are opening up new products as well
as product application frontiers. The industry has weathered stock
market storms fairly successfully over the past 25 years and there is
little to suggest that it will not remain robust. That’s the view of
Florian Budde, Heiner Frankemolle and Utz-Hellmuth Felcht, editors of
the just updated book “Value Creation: Strategies for the Chemical
Industry.”
chemicals  howto  book_reviews  strategic_planning  opportunities  investments  value_creation  new_products  mature_industries 
december 2010 by jerryking
More Wealthy Investors Investing Abroad - NYTimes.com
November 19, 2010 | New York Times| By PAUL SULLIVAN.
Well-heeled American investors have been doing something lately that
they resisted for decades — becoming more like their European, Asian and
Latin American counterparts and substantially diversifying their
portfolios outside their home country. DOWNSIDE The biggest risk is
uncertainty, followed by a lack of knowledge. No one knows exactly what
is going to happen, and there are always investors who rush in too
quickly without fully understanding the risks. Those risks run the gamut
from income inequality that could create unrest, to legal systems that
have not been tested by foreign investors, to managers abroad without
established track records. There is also the unforeseen. “I witnessed
firsthand the collapse of the Soviet Union,” said Mr. Lucken, a former
foreign service officer. “That speaks to the unique political risks in
smaller developing countries.”
high_net_worth  investing  investments  investors  uncertainty  diversification  emerging_markets  wealth_management  risks  LDCs  political_risk  developing_countries 
november 2010 by jerryking
Apartments: slow, steady and sizzling hot
Jun. 08, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Steve Ladurantaye Real Estate Reporter
real_estate  investing  investments  commercial_real_estate  Steve_Ladurantaye 
june 2010 by jerryking
Money Grows on Trees as Palm Oil Outperforms Crude (Update3)
Aug. 29, 2006, (Bloomberg News) G&M pg. B12 By Claire Leow and Saijel Kishan
investments  ideas  palm_oil  filetype:pdf  media:document  outperformance 
march 2009 by jerryking
FT.com / Wealth / James Altucher - Never forget the power of networking
Published: February 16 2009 FT article by James Altucher who
tags along to one-day's worth of 8 meetings with Howard Lindzon, founder
of Wallstrip.com. Altucher's goal was to learn something in each
meeting and also to try to figure out where people were seeing
opportunities in this recession.
ideas  opportunities  investments  networking  face2face  James_Altucher  in-person 
february 2009 by jerryking
A portfolio of sun, sand and sea
Oct. 27, 2007 article by Shirley Won which profiles Michael
Lee-Chin's investments in business in the Caribbean that cater to
greying North American baby boomers.
Michael_Lee-Chin  investments  baby_boomers  Caribbean  retirement 
january 2009 by jerryking

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