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The Handbook of Alternative Assets

Making money from art, rare books, coins and banknotes, forestry, gold and precious metals, stamps, wine and other alternative assets

By Peter Temple

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The Handbook of Alternative Assets

Making money from art, rare books, coins and banknotes, forestry, gold and precious metals, stamps, wine and other alternative assets

By Peter Temple

Jacket text

How to invest money in secure, high-return assets

Alternative assets offer a proven means of diversifying your financial portfolio away from the volatility of the markets. In the past, investors have looked to property, hedge funds or private equity to accomplish this – but the safety and high returns they sought there have perished in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis. As an antidote to this, experienced investment writer Peter Temple here introduces those tangible, and often portable, assets whose returns are impressive but whose value is not so subject to unsustainable bubbles or precipitous collapse.

Including everything from fine wine and rare books to stamps, art and diamonds, these alternative assets can serve as a store of value in the good years as well as in troubled times. Often with restricted supply they offer real security of value. And, though their value is concentrated in capital growth, their liquidity is often impressive; and their aesthetic appeal enduring.

A detailed overview of each sector is presented, including:

– the size and shape of the market, and its key historical and modern trends
– collecting areas and portfolio strategies for investors of all sizes
– the degree of volatility or cyclicality in the market, as well as its liquidity
– the long-term returns that can reasonably be expected based on the past
– whether or not there are tax advantages available
– how best to buy and sell, and through whom.

The book also provides extensive directory resources for where to go for more information – and where to start investing – with each tangible investment area.

This comprehensive and authoritative book shows investors and their advisors how they can use tangible assets as a means of diversifying a portfolio and securing wealth for the long term. It is an essential handbook for anyone interested in making rare, valuable and often beautiful possessions a part of their investment strategy.

About the author

Peter Temple has been involved in the City and its Financial Markets for nearly thirty-five years as a Fund Manager, an Investment Analyst and, for the last 17 years, as a Freelance Financial Journalist. He is a regular contributor to a number of publications including the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle, and Interactive Investor, and has written more than a dozen investment books. He is a Fellow of the Securities Institute. He and his wife, who works as his researcher, live and work in a converted water mill in the English Lake District.

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From SigNet - The Serious Investor:

The Handbook of Alternative Assets Peter Temple is a former fund manager and now a writer aiming at the private investor. He publishes regularly in the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle, often discussing his own financial and alternative investments, and the Handbook is written in his usual clear style. He stresses that for an asset… Read more »

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From SIGnet:

Peter Temple is a former fund manager and now a writer aiming at the private investor. He publishes regularly in the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle, often discussing his own financial and alternative investments, and the Handbook is written in his usual clear style. He stresses that for an asset to be investable (rather than… Read more »

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From Velocity, CityJet Journal:

Alternative assets offer a proven means of diversifying your financial portfolio away from the volatility of the markets. In the past, investors have looked to property, hedge funds or private equity to accomplish this – but the safety and high returns they sought there have perished in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis. As… Read more »

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From iii.co.uk:

Precious metals: To have or to hold?- Interactive Investor20th September 2011

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From Media Review:

“Sensible and well-informed…a stimulating review of a wide range of accessible collecting areas.”- Jeremy Prescott, SIGnet19th July 2010

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Contents

About the Author
Acknowledgements
Alternative Investments and 'Portable Wealth'
Why Look at Alternatives?
What Alternatives?

1. Art
- Basics
- Collecting Areas
- Condition
- Security
- Measures
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

2. Banknotes
- Basics
- Collecting Themes
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

3. Books
- Basics
- Collectable Genres
- Identifying a Rare Book
- Condition
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

4. Coins
- Basics
- Condition
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

5. Diamonds
- Basics
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

6. Forestry
- Basics
- UK Tax-benefits From Forestry
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

7. Gold
- Basics
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Other Precious Metals
- Where to Go for More Information

8. Stamps
- Basics
- Condition
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Stamp Prices
- Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

9. Wine
- Basics
- The Right Alternative Asset for You?
- Prices and Returns
- How to Invest
- Where to Go for More Information

10. Auctions and Dealers
- Auctions Versus Dealers
- The Essence of Auctions
- How Auctions Work
- Online Auctions
- Dealing with the Dealers
- Other Sources of Investment-grade Material

Appendix - Resources
- Art
- Banknotes
- Books
- Coins
- Diamonds
- Forestry
- Gold
- Stamps
- Wine
- Auctions



Published: 31/05/2010
Edition: 1st
Pages: 324
Formats: hardback - ISBN 9781906659219
ebook - ISBN 9780857191113
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