I've been talking a lot in recent weeks about secure and profitable places to invest your cash in 2011. Here's another example...
How about investing your cash in a market whose strength is underpinned by unwavering passion? A market which dates back centuries, whose key participants include Queen Elizabeth II and billionaire investor Bill Gross?
What's more, this market is underpinned by 50m collectors worldwide, with 18m in China alone - a figure is constantly growing, thanks to ageing populations around the globe.
Assets which mark it out include an item that's worth in incredible $71bn per kilo. Elsewhere, another of these assets is set to sell for $1.5m in Hong Kong on January 23. But the great thing is, you can get involved in these markets by spending as much - or as little - as you like.
If you're already a philatelist then you may have guessed what I'm talking about. It is, of course, stamp collecting. Stamps, you might be surprised to learn, are among the world's best tangible assets.
The fact is, the most sought-after and rarest stamps have long outperformed the stock markets. Bill Gross has continually promoted rare stamps as a viable investment. As he said himself, after selling his $2.5m collection of stamps a few years back...
"Four times profit, it's better than the stock market" - Bill Gross
Savvy investors appreciate the simple supply and demand economics behind the value of the rarest stamps - be it the Inverted Jenny, or a 1910 Great British Tyrian Plum.
Of course, there are naysayers. The historic argument against investing in rare stamps is their lack of income. Essentially, that a collection of rare stamps does not pay interest or a dividend.
However, with interest rates at historic lows this argument is no longer valid. In fact, there has never been a better time to start building your own collection of rare stamps.
To find out more about investing in rare stamps, you can read our special investment report pages. Or check out our rare stamps for sale, offering some of the finest assets on the markets. Alternatively, you can find out more by contacting us here:
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All the best, until next week
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