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  • Fancy investing in rare books? Check out these three factors first
  • If you're thinking about putting some cash into an alternative investment, rare books could be worth a look. They're a bit different to other collectibles. The market isn't very liquid and you might have to hold onto a book for decades until you can sell it on for a profit. But if literature is a passion of yours, you can combine this love with investing. So before you leap in, check out ... ››› more
  • [14 January 2015]
  • Looking to invest in art? Here's how to pick up a future masterpiece
  • If you want to invest in art, the costs can be high. Picking up pieces by artistic greats isn't cheap. If your budget doesn't stretch to that, the next best thing to do is concentrate on artists showing fantastic potential. And if photographic pieces are you thing, this artist is worth taking a closer look at. Read on to find out more… A photographic artist showing great potential... ››› more
  • [11 December 2014]
  • Looking to invest in an up-and-coming artist? Here's one for you…
  • Investing in artistic masterpieces is an expensive hobby. The more famous the artist, the higher the price tag. One option you have is to try to identify up-and-coming artists who are showing promising signs of potential and whose pieces could rise in value in the future. So where can you look? Let's take a closer look… Invest in art by focusing on up-and-coming artists The bes... ››› more
  • [10 December 2014]
  • If you want to invest in art, here's a photographer worth investing in
  • If you like photography and want to invest in some masterpieces of the genre, you can't go by Ansel Adams. He was an American photographer and environmentalist. He's one of the best-known photographers in the history of art. So if you want to invest in a piece of his work, what sort of price tag are you looking at? And how can you get your hands on one of his pieces or other artists online? ... ››› more
  • [10 December 2014]
  • Earn 60% returns in 2015 from an investment you've probably never heard of before
  • Do you own a property? A range of different unit trusts? And a carefully selected blue chip share portfolio? If this is you, you are diversifying your investments well. You also probably achieve returns that are the same as the JSE's performance. But you're still missing out… You see today I'm going to introduce you to a special investment where you can earn up to 60% on your investme... ››› more
  • [10 December 2014]
  • Washington's first marijuana auction raises $600,000
  • On Saturday, Washington in the US saw its first marijuana auction. Washington is one of the first US states to legalise the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. The US government gets its cut through taxes. Let's take a closer look at what went on at the auction… Legal marijuana auctions could become more popular At the weekend, Fireweed Farms of Prosser sold around 136kg ... ››› more
  • [19 November 2014]
  • Fancy holding some of your wealth in stamps? Here's what you need to know…
  • Stamps could prove the ideal alternative investment for you. Stamp collecting (philately) can be a fun pastime. You can easily add to your collection. And it's extremely portable. You can't say the same for many other forms of alternative investment, such as art and antiques. So what do you need to look for? And what makes the ideal stamp for your collection? Read on to find out… *************... ››› more
  • [22 April 2014]
  • Want to invest in alternative investments? Your first port of call is a dealer
  • Investing in alternative investments is a good way to add some diversification to your portfolio. And unlike most other investments, they can give you aesthetic pleasure too. So if you're serious about alternative investments, where do you start? You need to start with dealers. Let's take a closer look at what you need to look for in a dealer… **************************************************... ››› more
  • [14 April 2014]
  • Why alternative investments deserve a place in your portfolio
  • Turning to alternative investments like rare coins, art and collectibles can add diversification to your portfolio. Alternative investments offer other advantages. So what are the benefits of investing in alternative investments? And how can you start investing in them? Let's take a closer look… ****************************************************** A proven path to a lifetime of wealth Mo... ››› more
  • [11 April 2014]
  • South African sculpture sells for a record-breaking R5.5 million
  • On Monday evening, at an auction at Strauss & Co, South African artist Jane Alexander's sculpture made the record books. Her piece ‘Untitled,' sold for a cool R5.5 million. This is the highest amount a work of art of this kind has sold for. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Jane Alexander, a contemporary artist from South Africa, broke records as one of her pieces “sold for R5.5 m... ››› more
  • [13 November 2013]
  • The most expensive stamp in SA is up for auction today
  • Today, the most expensive stamp in South Africa goes up for auction. Experts believe the stamp will fetch over R1 million. The auction is taking place at Stephan Welz & Co Stamps, Postal History, Coins and Banknotes Auction in Johannesburg. Let's take a closer look at why this stamp is worth so much… The infamous stamp is a “1913 Union King’s head 5 shilling inverted watermark, reports Tim... ››› more
  • [10 October 2013]
  • How to invest in autographs
  • When you think about collecting autographs, you might imagine a man chasing a celebrity down the street or waiting by a theatre after a show to get the celebrity's signature. However, autographs do not necessarily have to come from the modern-day perception of a celebrity. Read on to find out how to invest in autographs… You may not realise it, but admired authors, composers or scientists’ p... ››› more
  • [08 October 2013]
  • Why you should invest in alternative investments
  • When shares buckle, bonds crash and the housing market grinds to a halt, it's tempting to bail out of everything and put your cash under the mattress. But, if you're looking for a less extreme response to difficult times - and one that's proven to be a very effective wealth builder over time - you need to take a serious look at alternative investments (otherwise known as collectibles). Read on to ... ››› more
  • [30 August 2013]
  • Before buying antiques, check for ‘marks'
  • You need to check one crucial factor when you're looking for alternative investments, be that antiques or art. And that's the ‘mark'. Whether it's the maker's mark or a signature, it's a vital aspect to check. It can tell you so much about a piece… Have you ever watched the Antiques Roadshow on BBC? If you have, you’ll know that one of the first things an appraiser does when he or she f... ››› more
  • [24 July 2013]
  • First time bidder alert: Four ‘must-dos' to prepare for an auction
  • There's nothing like the thrill of an auction. On the day, hundreds of lots will be up for grabs, and that's means being successful all comes down to your ability to think fast and react even faster. It's an aggressive and utterly nerve-wracking experience - especially if you're a first time bidder. But there are ways to make the experience a lot easier… If you fancy sticking some of your cash... ››› more
  • [19 July 2013]
  • Learn the art of making money from ART today
  • After a recent trip to Paris, France I visited a friend of mine, Johan. He's absolutely obsessed with art and anything art related, so he was really into the photos I showed him of paintings at the Louvre. As we flipped through each photo he explained the era of the painting, genre and even knew the history of these works of art. While we were talking about art, he mentioned that he recently went... ››› more
  • [12 July 2013]
  • Why there's never been a better time to own Krugerrands
  • My friend Harry Bush has been contemplating buying Krugerrands for a couple of months now, but he has seen the gold price tumble and has second thoughts... He asked me for some advice. Here's the question he posed to me. “Timon is now a good time to buy Krugerrands?” Well, today I’m going to tell you what I told Harry, why I think there’s never been a better time to buy Krugerrand... ››› more
  • [04 July 2013]
  • Uncovered: Six rules to alternative investment market success
  • Fancy adding a bit of diversification to your portfolio? Well alternative investments like fine art and antiques could be right up your street. Read on to discover six rules to making successful alternative investments… Alternative investments are a welcome addition to any portfolio. They add diversification and, hopefully, over time will outperform in the long-term. Alternative investme... ››› more
  • [11 June 2013]
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