Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index up 7% in 12 months

Classic cars, coins and stamps lead the way when it comes to collectible investments. That is the verdict of the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII), which released its second quarter findings this month.

The index, which collates a number of well-known indices, reveals that classic cars have risen in value by 28% in the 12 months to the end of June.

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Coins showed a 9% rise in the 12 month period, while stamps were up 7%.

Other positive showings were offered by watches (up 4%), Chinese ceramics (up 3%), and jewellery (up 2%).

There was less good news for the art and antique furniture sectors, which were down by 6% and 3%, respectively.

The value of the index as a whole is up 7% on June 2012, or 174% when viewed over a 10 year period.

"The performance of KFLII shows that investing in a broad range of collectable assets can be a useful - and enjoyable - way to spread portfolio risk, especially when more mainstream asset classes such as equities are under pressure," states Knight Frank.

"Over the past 10 years, there have only been four six-month periods when the value of the index has fallen. Even then the drop was 1% or lower," the company adds.

It must be pointed out that one index Knight Frank doesn't consult is the PFC40 Autograph Index, which tracks the price performance of the world's 40 most sought after signatures.

The PFC40 shows an increase in value of 4.4% in 2012, and a rise of 383.3%, or 14.0% per annum since 2000.

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