Why invest in rare autographs and historical signatures?
More and more investors are seeking financial security and healthy returns to protect their wealth against the continued volatility of stock markets and the inflation-eroding impact of the low interest rate environment. Alternative investments are, therefore, receiving more and more attention from learned investors.
Those who invest in quality items today can hope to see excellent returns over the next ten years as classic stock becomes increasingly hard to find.
The next “step change” in demand is beginning to manifest itself with new collectors and investors coming from South East Asia and the “Tiger” economies. Serious interest is growing for the idea of holding rare British Heritage ‘trophy’ assets and money is flowing and growing in Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
1. Diminishing supply of quality items generating greater demand
2. An ideal way to diversify your portfolio into a secure, tangible asset
3. “Tiger” economies fuelling demand for British ‘trophy’ items
4. Capital Protection
5. Unlimited upside
6. Free insurance and storage for peace of mind
7. Pride of ownership – owning a piece of history and heritage
We trace 100 of the top autographed pieces in our Fraser’s 100 Index (and also provide monthly snapshots of the Top 30 to those signed up to our exclusive e-newsletter [link]. The index shows prices from 1997 and gives an average of the percentage growth in value to current date. In 2008, the index showed a cumulative increase of almost 280% for the 30 items over the last 11 years and an average compound increase of 12.9%.
Malcolm Forbes of ‘Forbes Magazine’ highlighted the potential of autograph investment when he said:
“In my view, they are the most undervalued of all areas of collecting, especially when you consider what people are paying for even second rate paintings.”
Rare manuscripts and autographed pieces are also perishable and some of the rarest pieces are often bought by or donated to museums, thus diminishing the supply of such items even further.
That is why the Fraser’s 100 Index has shown such stable growth over the last decade – the simple rules of supply & demand.
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There are still not enough investors or financial advisors who have identified the benefits of diversification into alternative tangible asset investments. That is why, time and time again throughout history, financial wealth is destroyed when there is a stock market or house price crash, as most investors are overexposed in these areas. However, with even ‘rock-solid’ shares like BP proving volatile in 2010, safe haven alternative investments look increasingly like a wise move.
“The average high-net-worth individual invested approximately 10% of their assets in alternative investments in 2002.”
Merril Lynch Wealth Report.
Investments in collectible tangible assets have, historically, been broadly unaffected by political and economic vagaries and therefore can offer a form of protection and insulation to an element of your net worth. Stanley Gibbons & Fraser’s offer you a number of tailored options to enable you to diversify your investments and risk, to obtain the best returns within your chosen time frame.