10 Top-Performing Alternative Investments
At-a-glance guides to fine wine, rare stamps, vintage Apple computers, art, gemstones and other specialty markets that promise market-beating returns for the dedicated investor.
If you're looking to protect at least a portion of your money, one option is to move into uncorrelated investments -- buy some stamps, gemstones, wine or fine art. Risky and not always easy to exit, these markets are tempting to many because they're typically unaffected by the highs and lows of the general economy. They are said to be recession-proof, able to hold their own during downturns, or even grow at astounding rates of 10 to 20%.
If you choose to go this route, however, it's imperative to know your risks. Some experts complain that the hype about market-beating returns is based only on the success stories, not the average transaction. Critics also claim that some seemingly uncorrelated markets have become correlated -- they're now attached to traditional assets -- meaning they're just as vulnerable to larger market crashes as any other investment.
Bottom line: If you're looking at alternatives, go with your sincere interests -- be it collectible computers, baseball cards, the finest burgundy or pink diamonds -- and limit your deposits to a safe minimum, only that which you can afford to lose. That way you'll be guaranteed to enjoy your new venture; any money you earn will be icing on the cake.
|Vintage Apple Computers and Other PCs
As old computers become increasingly rare, a market for tech lovers deepens.
By Minyanville Staff
Frame this: Art fund investors have reaped 10 to 20 percent in annual returns.
By Sara Churchville
Demand for colored diamonds and other precious stones remains strong, but this market is not for the faint of heart.
It's risky and controversial: Invest in the legal cost of major lawsuits and if your side wins, you cash out.
The stamp market has held steady through recessions and wars, but can you really make 10 percent per year?
By Minyanville Staff
Bottoms up: Premium, first-growth varietals have historically yielded a steady 12 to 15 percent annual appreciation.
|Luxury Food and Tea
White truffles and the finest green teas attract bidders willing to splurge big for epicurean trophies.
By Drea Knufken
Would you know which rookies to stockpile? Can you name the legends that will hold sway forever? If so, batter up!
Fueled by supply shortages and increased demand, the autograph market is said to be red-hot -- the rarest items offer up to 20 percent in annual returns.
Toy speculators face a fickle market, but the high returns are not make-belief.
By Steve Reiter
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