Wednesday's (November 30) late bulletins were awash with good news from the US stock markets.
The Dow Jones was up 4.2%. The S&P 500 had risen 4.3%.
The impressive figures came on the back of moves from the central banks to protect commercial banks in Europe.
Yet the fact that these gains made the global news tells you something. They don't happen very often.
In fact, if we take the Dow Jones over the last five years, it's down 4.77%.
The S&P 500 is 13.47% lower than in 2006.
It's these long term losses that are prompting more and more investors to seek safe haven investments, where they feel confident of strong returns.
Safe havens such as rare autographs.
The price performance of 40 of the most sought-after autographs rose by 14.84% pa between 2000 and 2011, according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.
Autographs such as those of Neil Armstrong, who signature has risen in value from £550 ($860) in 2000 to £5,950 ($9,300) in 2011. That's a rate of 24.17% pa.
Demand for the first man on the moon's autograph is increasing rapidly, but he stopped signing in the early 1990's.
Where there is rarity coupled with growing demand, there can only be increasing value.
We have a superb Life magazine front cover signed by Armstrong available to you today for £4,950 (approx. $7,760).
It offers you a real safe haven investment against the potential volatility of the stock market over the coming years.
Space collectibles are booming at the moment. The checklist that helped the Apollo 13 crew get home following damage to their craft recently sold for $388,375.
The stock market is no longer a guaranteed money earner.
That's why a diverse portfolio is so important. And that's where alternative investments can play a key role.
Give us a call on +44 (0)117 933 9500, or email email@example.com to discuss how safe haven investments such as rare autographs can enhance your portfolio.