Five of the World’s More Unusual Investment Opportunities

Sure, there are plenty of conventional ways to invest. Stocks, property, and government bonds are among the most popular. But there’s also room in most people’s portfolios to have a little speculation in less well-known options. Of course, it’s important to just regard these as a small part of your overall approach and to treat them accordingly. But they also give you a chance to invest in particular interests of yours. Yes, you could argue that stocks do this as well. For example, sports fans can always invest in sports stocks. But the five that we’re suggesting here get away from the stock market completely which, in a bear market, could be a pretty good idea.

Fine art

You might imagine that investing in a Picasso, a Manet, or a Rembrandt would be something that’s reserved for the super-rich, and you’d be right. But that doesn’t mean that the art world is closed off to you. That’s because there are a number of companies today who buy works of art by leading artists and then offer the equivalent of shares in them to clients. If the work of art then goes on to be sold at a profit at a later date, generally at least seven years after purchase, a proportion of the money earned, along with the original investment being repaid.

Music royalties

You might imagine that, when an artist composes a piece of music, whether it’s a song, a symphony or even a musical play, that the royalties payable for playing or performing it will always return to them. However, you’d be wrong. All artists have the right to sell on those royalties, and so do their estates after they have died. So, fairly frequently, proportions of the royalties for a piece of music come up for auction via a number of platforms. You simply have to win the auction to be entitled to the relevant percentage of those royalties. Make the right call, and these have the potential to return thousands of dollars a year.

Cryptocurrency Trading

Source: Pexels

Up until a few years ago, cryptocurrencies were the domain of the tech-savvy and early adopters. But since the great Bitcoin boom of 2017, the headlines have been full of news of fortunes made and lost. Initially, owning cryptocurrencies and hoping that they would increase in value was the investment opportunity. But, since then, cryptocurrency trading has become increasingly popular. In this you speculate over whether a particular currency will rise or fall and, if you get it right, you make money. But, it must be said, it’s vital to learn all you possibly can about the subject before you start to dabble.

Gold

There’s long been a received piece of wisdom that gold is the commodity that will hold its value the best, no matter what the wider economy is doing. That’s why there once was the gold standard in which all money in circulation had to be backed by the same value in gold. While this is no longer true, gold continues to be a very popular investment. While buying bullion is expensive, one of the best ways to invest is through a so-called exchange-traded fund. In this, a company buys gold and allows investors to buy shares in it. Yes, there will be a commission and a management fee to pay, but it will also be a relatively stable investment.

Fine wine

For the bon viveurs out there, our final suggestion is to enter the world of fine wines. Over time, by making the right choices of varieties and vintage, you can see them gradually increase in value. If you choose to store them in a bonded warehouse it will also limit the amount of duty that would normally be payable. A word of warning, though; always follow the advice of a reputable and established wine dealer, as this is a field that is notorious for less-than-scrupulous operators.

In fact, all of our suggestions should be approached carefully and viewed as both long-term investments and only a small part of a portfolio. But, having given these caveats, by all means, dabble in a few of them – and you may never look back.

The post Five of the World’s More Unusual Investment Opportunities appeared first on Wall Street Survivor.

Recent Articles

Look out L.A. and New York: the migration wave lead by Gen Z and city dwellers is real

Across the nation major central business districts in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle remain eerily empty as employers continue to keep staff...

China’s consumers are turning against the homegrown Big Tech giants they once revered

In 2014, a group of university students in Beijing founded Ofo, a bike-sharing startup that let customers scan QR codes to rent bikes for...

Corporate America, we need to talk about activism

Here’s the honest truth, we need to talk about a lot of things. Matthew McCarthy, Ben & Jerry’s CEO, has a message for CEOs...

WhatsApp delays privacy policy changes after users defect to rivals Signal and Telegram

Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Facebook is delaying a privacy...

What job security? Americans are feeling worn down and fearful of layoffs

The vaccine rollout and incoming Democratic administration has Wall Street feeling pretty darn optimistic: Goldman Sachs is even going as far to project 2021...

Related Stories

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox