Alternative Investing


  • Investors turn toward liquid alternative funds Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    Fund companies meet demand for downside protection in wake of 2008 market collapse with line-up of liquid alternative products—and investors respond.

  • How to master the tricks of energy investing Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 | 10:39 AM ET

    They're called master limited partnerships, and investing in them can be as mystifying as the name. Here are some tips.

  • The pros and cons of commodity investing Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    While commodities aren't for every investor, experts agree these diverse asset classes can provide downside protection and upside potential.

  • Art, antiques investing is for the long haul Monday, 28 Oct 2013 | 10:15 AM ET

    Art and antiques investing is viewed as a hedge against stock market volatility. But this strategy comes with its own risks and expenses.

  • Whisky & wine may not be such liquid assets Saturday, 19 Oct 2013 | 5:00 PM ET

    Alternative investments, like wine and whisky, can truly diversify an investor's portfolio. But there could be a catch.

  • Maximizing fixed-income plans with alternatives Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    With bond investors skittish over interest-rate risk, the search is on for alternative investment.

  • Alternative investments are not just for the super rich. In fact, “average” investors are using a wide range of alternative asset strategies.

  • Investors have alternative investing options Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 9:32 AM ET
    Alternative investments

    Alternative investments have the potential to enhance the risk and/or return of an investment portfolio.

  • Need Money? Score Big Cash for Fine Wine Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 2:05 PM ET

    Bordeaux Cellars makes loans against the best wines in the world. The company hears from about ten potential borrowers a week, and so far, there have been no defaults.

  • Painting a Profit: 10-Year Boom Ahead for Art? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 7:52 AM ET
    Pablo Picasso's Femme pres d'une fenetre

    The art market is to experience a "10- year boom" according to an expert, as investors from China and the Middle East drive demand towards unprecedented levels.

  • Public Anger Over Europe’s Budget, and Wine Cellar, Bubbles Before Talks

    Amid wrangling over how much money the European Union spends at a time of grinding austerity across the Continent, Martin Ehrenhauser, an Austrian member of the European Parliament, lobbed a sobering question this summer at the union’s Brussels bureaucracy: How many bottles of booze does it have stocked in its wine cellars, the New York Times reports.

  • Spain Woos Foreigners to Thin Its Inventory of Unsold Homes

    Spain plans to offer residency permits to foreigners who buy houses priced at more than 160,000 euros ($203,845) as part of its efforts to revive a collapsed real estate market and divest itself of hundreds of thousands of unsold homes.

  • Sotheby's 'Impressionist' Auction Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    Sotheby's 'Impressionist' Auction

    Sotheby's held its first impressionist and modern art auction last night, but the season is getting a lousy start, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

  • Alternative Investing: Race Horses Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 1:45 AM ET
    Alternative Investing: Race Horses

    The Hon. Harry Herbert, chairman of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, told CNBC, that investing in race horses is "a numbers game, just to spend a fortune on one horse you are taking a gigantic risk."

  • Is Now the Time to Invest in Fine Wine? Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    2012 is the best time to invest in fine wine since 2009, according to wine broker Vin-X’s Jeremy Peacock.

  • Wide World of Investing Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 10:27 AM ET

    Alternative investing may not be for everyone, but there's an entry point for almost anyone—and as popular cable TV programs illustrate every week, small fortunes can be found in attics, basements and, yes, storage rooms.

  • Hedge Funds for Everyone? Don’t Hold Your Breath Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 7:25 AM ET

    Last year was a difficult year for the hedge fund industry, with returns down 6.4 percent, but the drop hasn’t stopped experienced professionals from moving away from big investment banks to set up their own firms.

  • Investing in Comics and Stamps Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 1:50 AM ET
    Investing in Comics and Stamps

    Stamps and comics can prove to be lucrative in terms of investment, CNBC's Steve Sedgwick went to find out more.

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