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Alternative Investing 2012

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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

    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

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

Alternative Investing: Real Estate

Coins, Stamps & Books

  • Bitcoin

    If you love edgy bets, the Bitcoin may be for you, but given its newness and volatility, the alternative currency used for Internet transactions has passionate fans and critics.

  • With precious metals prices soaring in recent years, both bullion and rare coins  have become a hot-ticket item among investors seeking to diversify their portfolio.

  • Along with baseball cards, comic books represent an important component of the collectibles market, and can prove to be quite profitable for collectors holding highly sought-after and rare items. The “Golden Age” of comic books spanned from the late 1930’s into the early 1950’s and introduced most of the superhero and adventure characters that have become billion-dollar brands today. Among the most expensive comics are the ones that tell the story of a superhero’s first adventures, but in order

    Along with baseball cards, comic books represent an important component of the collectibles market, and can prove to be quite profitable for collectors holding highly sought-after and rare items.

Jewelry & Clothing

Fine Art

Wine

Commodities

  • The price of gold has been rising for 11 years in a row and the precious metal is due for a correction, investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC.

  • Gold coins and bar

    Financial advisors have long recommended that investors have some precious metals in their portfolios, but years of solid gains, as well as heightened interest in inflation hedges and safe havens, have made metals more alluring than ever.

Vehicles

Antiques

  • Even as the tech crash has cooled many investment markets, the trade in modern furniture rolls on, helped by interest from celebrities and wealthy Silicon Valley professionals.

  • Art Deco is a style of fine jewelry whose worth remains solid whether or not the economy is dipping or climbing. Naturally, its prices rise when times are flush.

  • Porcelain figurines, palace furniture and royal pianos are just a few examples of the antiques that make investing in the past profitable. Click ahead to see some of the most valuable antique assets.

    Porcelain figurines, palace furniture and royal pianos are just a few examples of the antiques that make investing in the past profitable. Click to learn more.

Entertainment

Memorabilia

  • Madonna performs onstage during the opening night of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at the O2 Arena on in London, England.

    Michael Jackson’s jacket, a Madonna dress, even plates bearing the Queen of England’s face - in a world of cold hard investment, the collection of special items that hold a particular value because of their significance in our collective memory makes a welcome change, and  perhaps represents the ultimate alternative investment.

  • With more than 15 million U.S. golfers, the market for collectibles has expanded greatly in recent years. Such memorabilia can make good investments that increase in value over time. Experts suggest buying pieces attached to golf’s biggest names, especially those who figure prominently in the sport’s history. Autographed golf clubs, balls, shoes and gloves fall into this category, as do signed tournament pin flags, action photos or award medallions.“When you consider acquiring golf collectibles

    With more than 15 million U.S. golfers, the market for collectibles has expanded greatly in recent years. Such memorabilia can make good investments that increase in value over time.

  • Interested in a long-term investment ? Look no further than history — collecting political memorabilia is a profitable pastime for many. As with most collections — prices can range from just a few dollars for paper items such as postcards to thousands of dollars for antique presidential objects. "With the instability of the stock market people want to put money in value, something that will appreciate in value," says Megan Miller of Juliens Auctions in Beverly Hills. Political memorabilia , espe

    Check out some items that are currently available  in the political and presidential memorabilia market and their values.

Horses

Niches

  • 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.

  • With interest rates on savings accounts at record lows and uncertain returns in the stock market, investing in technology start-ups has become increasingly appealing.

  • Abu Dhabi

    With around 140 countries considered frontier markets—regions trading at a 25 percent discount to more popular emerging ones—CNBC explores the best opportunities for prospective investors.

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