Wise buys for the wealthy expat

Interesting facts on returns over 10 years . Just shows anyone that says that one certain investment is the right investment is truly misguided .

Some assets will go up and down over time , only a diverse portfolio would ensure that one would make money .

 

Wise buys for the wealthy expat

 

Gold went up by 273pc in a decade, but it has seen its lustre fade recently, with prices falling 23pc in the year to June.

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Antique furniture – such as these pieces auctioned in London in 2011 – did not perform so well. It decreased in value by 19pc over the decade.

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Luxury watches proved that “time is money,” as they rose by 83pc. These timepieces by Piaget were displayed at a professional fair in Geneva in January.

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A collection of 17 items of antique Chinese ceramics, including vases, bowls and boxes, fetched £8 million when sold in Hong Kong by Croydon Council last month. As an asset class, Chinese ceramics went up 83pc.

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Diamonds – in fact jewellery overall – proved to be a girl’s (and a guy’s best friend), rising in value by 146pc. This collection of rare gems featured in a “Magnificent Jewels” sale at Sotheby’s New York in 2009.

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Art was another good buy – it rose by 183pc. Christies employees are pictured here carrying away the Rembrandt masterpiece ‘Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo’ which fetched £18 million at a sale in London in 2009.

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Coins increased by 225pc in a decade – a true story of pennies (or pounds) from Heaven. These antique coins date from 18th and 19th century Britain.

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Prime central London property went up by 135pc in 10 years. One buyer spent £27 million recently on an apartment at the One Hyde Park development in Knightsbridge.

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The FTSE 100 share index rose by a relatively paltry 55pc over the same period, having suffered a crash in 2008 (as pictured).

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Wine proved to be a tasty investment as well as an enjoyable tipple. As an asset class, it rose 182pc over the 10-year period. Certainly news worth toasting.

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Stamps were another wise buy for the super rich. This asset class – which includes collectables such as this 1840 Penny Black – rose in value by 255pc.

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The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index showed nine assets that increased in value by 174pc in a decade. Most outperformed gold, London property and the FTSE 100. The top investment was cars such as these vintage Ferraris, which shot up 430pc.

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