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While investment in stocks, shares and bonds remains an uncertain option, alternative investments, such as art, cars, coins and stamps, have become increasingly attractive. The rate of return can be spectacular, and this is true nowhere more than in the world of wine bottles. Between 2012 and 2017, for instance, the Petit Mouton 2011 vintage appreciated from £690 per case to £1,831, an increase of 165 percent.  Last year, two of just 600 surviving bottles...

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When David Swensen’s Yale Model—a model that invests heavily in alternative or non-liquid investments—was first revealed in 2000[1], it caused quite a stir in institutional investment. In the first 20 years of his tenure (1985-2005) as Yale’s endowment manager, Swensen managed to top the S&P 500’s 12.3 percent annualised return by a further 3.8 percent, breezing through stock market downturns that decimated other institutions. Mainstreaming Alternative Investment Instruments Many of Swensen’s contemporaries, and more than...

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Leading London wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd offer expert insight into investing in one of the luxury market’s most tangible assets in 2018: fine wine. 2017 saw robust returns at auction for wine sellers—despite the potentially destructive impact of Brexit on most U.K. investment markets. Auction house Christie’s’ top-selling lot in 2017 was a 12-bottle case of the wine world’s revered Romanée-Conti from a 1988 vintage, raking in £198,000. Meanwhile, a single bottle of...

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The top five most valuable bottles of wine the public may have at home have been revealed thanks to research by LoveAntiques.com. According to the antiques website, bottles such as the 1962 Romanée Conti, Domaine Romanée Conti; the 1961 Hermitage La Chappelle, Jaboulet; and the 1945 Mouton Rothschild are at the top of the list—each costing around £15,000. Will Thomas, managing director at LoveAntiques.com, said: ‘Wine is a hugely popular area for people to invest...

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Sotheby’s Hong Kong has announced the sale of over 3,000 bottles of wine from the cellar of Fux Restaurant. In over 500 lots, the collection is expected to reach over HK$13.5 million/ US$1.7 million in returns. This wine auction will mark the beginning of the 2017 Sotheby’s Hong Kong autumn sale series. The wine auction, to be held on 30 September, comprises of a wide range of vintages from the award-winning restaurant’s collection. Currently, Fux...

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Join Arts & Collections in raising a glass to some of the finest wine regions to visit in the world. Wine tourism is a growing global industry involved in the tasting, consumption and the buying from lucrative vineyards around the world; a trend intimately linked to the historic and cultural identity of a region. These excursions are for neophytes as much as they are for the primed connoisseur—discover wines from worthy producers as you visit...

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The romantic allure of owning a vineyard exerts a strong pull for many wine lovers, but does it make a sound wine investment? Here’s our guide to investing in wine. For wine enthusiasts the cachet of owning your own vineyard or winery can be hard to resist, and it’s an option that has become increasingly popular in recent years. However, it’s important that romance does not overcome reality. 1. Location is everything A vineyard in a...

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Wine investment can seem like a dauntingly complex subject, but wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd are here to offer advice.  The wine market as a whole has been fairly resilient when compared with more traditional investment sectors. The reason for this is quite easy to explain: fine wine is a tangible asset; it’s a luxury product that we aspire to own, consume and know more about. For many it’s far more useful than gold, and easier to...

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Investing in wine before it reaches the open market is attractive to the wine connoisseur, especially with the new Bordeaux 2015 vintage showing such great promise. If you’re serious about your wine, you have an eye on investment, and you also have room for even the smallest wine cellar—somewhere dark and cool with enough space for a modest hoard of fine wine—then ‘en primeur’ might well be the way to go. En primeur, also known...

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Wine investment is both business and pleasure. Bringing the two together should surely be a marriage made in heaven? How would you like a regular supply of fine wine that costs you nothing? You would need to make the initial outlay, of course, but after that the wine keeps coming—a bit like solving the conundrum of perpetual motion. The answer is—canny wine investment. In essence, you buy more wine than you intend to drink and sell...

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