The PFC40 Autograph Index measures the price growth of 40 of the most sought after autographs between 2000 and 2012.
When we compare per annum growth in the index to growth in other markets over the same 12-year period - the FTSE 100, Dow Jones, gold and property in central London - we get the following figures:
PFC40 Autograph Index: up 14.03% per annum
Dow Jones: up 0.44% pa
FTSE 100: down 1.01% pa
Gold: up 14.08% pa
London property: up 7.85% pa
Only gold exceeded growth in the autograph market, by a factor of 0.05%.
The index far exceeded the figures for the Dow Jones and the FTSE 100, and grew at almost double the rate of property in central London.
The fact that growth has remained steady over the past 12 years is testament to the relative security of autographs, and proves their effectiveness as mid- to long-term investments.
While other markets were hard hit by the financial crisis, autographs remained resilient.
Low correlation to the equity markets ensured that they continued to experience significant growth.
This is due in large part to the scarcity of the autographs in the PFC40, combined with their desirability. Steady demand for a limited number of investment grade pieces ensures that the bubble markets and inflated prices found in some alternative asset classes (classic cars and fine wines for example) are less of an issue.
You can view a selection of our autographs here.
The PFC40 index is available to view here.