How you can beat the banks, shares, and interest rates...
There have been riots all over the UK.
The US has lost its AAA credit rating.
And stock markets are up and down like yoyos.
The market volatility is incredible, on Wednesday the BBC website ran a headline: "Fear returns to drive down shares".
Hours later their headline read "Markets rise in volatile trading".
Thursday brought much of the same fear and volatility.
I actually timed the BBC headlines.
14.57: Europe's shares reverse gains again
16.26: Markets rise in volatile trading
These are worrying times for private investors...
The statistics behind the volatility are staggering.
- $4.3 trillion has been wiped off share price values since late July
- That's $600 for every person on the planet
- £148 billion pounds was wiped off the UK blue chip index alone, says Reuters
- That's approximately £12,000 per saver
Looking at the global picture... The Standard + Poors Agency has just downgraded the USA credit rating for the first time in modern history.
Italy and Spain are on the brink, and the ECB has stepped in to buy their Bonds to prevent a default.
French bank shares plummeted by up-to 20% this week. Now all three countries have banned short-selling of shares in their banks and other financial firms.
And it gets worse.
- Inflation in UK is expected to reach 5% by the end of this year
- Historically low interest rates in the UK have now been at the same level for 2-3 years
- The US has announced it is keeping interest rates at 0.5% until at least mid-2013, and no doubt other countries will follow their lead
Needless to say, this is absolutely terrible news for savers. Even worse because it is absolutely no fault of their own.
As for the future, the world's economists believe things will only get worse still...
There's even a Turkish economist nicknamed "Dr. Doom" because his predictions of financial woes have been so accurate!
Governments are running "out of policy bullets," said Dr. Doom, real name Nouriel Roubini, to Foreign Policy magazine.
"There is serious risk of a double-dip recession in the US and most other advanced economies."
Roubini reckons business, consumer, and investor sentiment will only get worse.
In fact the VIX Index, a popular measure of the implied fear and volatility of S+P 500 shares, is on the rise.
That's why you'll never win on the stock markets right now
Let's face it, stock markets are too volatile.
The majority of trades are done automatically by large fund companies relying on complex algorithms.
Because of these automated systems, the small private investor doesn't have a chance. So how can they possibly compete?
So what's the alternative?
Well here's one answer. Although you've perhaps not considered it before...
If you'd put your money into Oscar Wilde then you would be up 155% in 12 months.
That's right: not stocks, shares or bonds... But the 19th century writer and poet, famous for writing The Picture of Dorian Gray.
I'm actually talking about a rare signed photograph from Oscar Wilde's 1882 American tour - when he famously announced at customs: "I have nothing to declare but my genius."
In 2010, we sold this photograph for £8,000. It later appeared on the market again in early 2011 when it sold for £20,400.
Here are some other examples at the top end of the market:
- Marilyn Monroe's dress when she dances over the Subway grate in The Seven Year Itch sold for $5.6m this year in Beverly Hills. The seller bought it for just $200 back in 1971, giving a compound return of over 29% p.a.
- John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ song A Day in the Life were sold for $1.2m at Sotheby’s in 2010. They were previously sold in 1992 for $100,000, giving a compound return approaching 14% p.a.
- The world record price for a Chinese postage stamp doubled from $333,862 to $712,500 in the space of three months in 2010.
Examples like this crop up time and time again in collectibles, and they are becoming increasingly more common throughout this recesssion.
Such returns are encouraging a growing number of worldwide investors to embrace collectibles as long-term 'safe haven' assets.
What's happening in the collectibles markets - and why?
At Paul Fraser Collectibles, we're seeing new World Record prices around the world almost every week. The above examples are just a few.
Unlike the 'ups and downs' of shares, unique collectibles won't become any less rare - this is why their values consistently rise.
Just look at the PFC40 Autograph Index - one of the best indicators of the ongoing performance of investment-grade collectibles.
The finest quality autographs have risen by 358.5% over the last 11 years, according to the index.
Rare signatures bring - and continue to bring - an average compound value increase of 14.84% per annum.
Even in 2008, during the worst stock market crash since the Great Depression.
This is why I believe in collectibles
And why I think you should, too. We're talking about history's most unique pieces here.
Putting the investment benefits aside for one moment... These markets are underpinned by global passion and fervent desire to own these items.
Like Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 training suit. Or a Henry VIII signed manuscript.
This passion is there in spades... have a look at the demographics:
- There are an estimated 200 million serious collectors around the world, underpinning prices for low price volatility
- We're in the middle of a 'global middle class explosion' says Goldman Sachs - the ranks of the middle class are increasing by 100m a year and will do so for the next 40 years
- A quarter of Americans could be aged 65-plus by the year 2031 - retirees are among the most active collectors.
It's no accident that the world's top collectors are also those with the best business sense.
Like Microsoft's Bill Gates (he collectors books and art), or the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (art). Even Arnold Schwarzenegger collects luxury watches.
You can feel confident that the most collectible pieces will always find a willing buyer, somewhere in the world.
And that's not all. Because Paul Fraser Collectibles has taken it one step further...
The strongest Guarantee in the collecting world...
I've shown you (with the PFC40 Autograph Index) that collectibles bring excellent past returns. But what about the future?
When you buy from Paul Fraser Collectibles you can do so in complete confidence with our unique 120% guarantee.
When you purchase an investment grade collectible from us, it can be returned 5 years from the purchase date, at which point you will then get a full credit on any future stock item on our website: to the value of 120% of the original purchase price.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has one of the world's largest stock holdings of historic pieces. We have invested heavily, striving to secure only the finest pieces available.
Today, we stand by our items' quality and their provenance.
Our 120% guarantee offers you a guaranteed 20% appreciation in the value of your purchase with us over 5 years.
And as for the pleasure of ownership... That's immeasurable.
Buy a piece of history. Relax. Enjoy!
Over 35 years of dealing in collectibles at this level, I've experienced first-hand that rare collectibles are a viable alternative to stocks and shares.
And when I founded Paul Fraser Collectibles, I vowed that our services would make it easy for people to enter these markets.
That's why our Build a Collection service lets you pay over a number of months.
We are dedicated to helping you build your collection without risk.
'But,' you might wonder 'there is surely a catch?'
Good question. After all, caution should always be your first instinct when investing...
At Paul Fraser Collectibles, we value trust. Especially as people don't trust mainstream financial institutions anymore.
How about this as an alternative...
The only historic argument against investing in collectibles is that they don't pay dividends, or interest.
But with interest rates at historical lows, this argument is increasingly redundant - as the recent surge in the price of gold proves.
Fear in the markets is so great that JP Morgan predicts gold will reach $2,500 an ounce.
Gold, you might be aware, is a 'safe haven' that doesn't pay interest or a dividend. In other words, gold is much like collectibles...
If you believe in gold right now, then you should also believe in world class collectibles.
Make 20-times the UK Government interest rate
What I'm offering you is a guarantee of performance, it's certainly an intriguing alternative to the Government's 0.5% interest rate.
I also believe this is the strongest guarantee in the collecting world.
Why would you listen to me?
I have been dealing in high-end collectibles for more than 35 years, including selling more than $300m of rare items.
I'm proud of being responsible for the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black First Day Cover to The Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
I have also sold John Lennon's signed boyhood stamp album to the Smithsonian Museum. These are unique and coveted pieces of history - some of the finest out there on the markets, in fact.
Our experts travel the world looking for stock, with very simple criteria. Each item must be...
- Historically significant
- Have impeccable provenance
- Be of Museum-grade quality.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is passionate about collectibles. We know how to find them, and also take care of them...
That's why, with our 120% Guarantee you don't necessarily need to worry about storage. We can store your items free of charge for the duration of the guarantee.
Diversifying into collectibles could be your key to:
- Finding an area that outperforms stocks and shares
- Surpassing the chronically low interest rates
And don't just take my word for it. Here's a quote from Financial Times journalist Peter Temple:
"There is a strong case for using collectibles as a way of adding an extra dimension to an investing strategy and for investors placing a proportion of their assets in this form."
You can see the full details of our guarantee on the following link, along with a selection of items included in the guarantee. View 120% Guarantee
For a full list of stock items that are covered by the Guarantee please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, if you are still mulling it over, our experts are always here to help.
Simply contact us at:
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