Archive for December, 2012

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Gold

    December 20th, 2012

    Alternative Investments Explained: from precious metals to farming, AlternativeMarketplace.co.uk breaks down the alternative products vying for your cash and assesses which assets are worth taking the risk.

    This week, Alternative Marketplace inspects gold.

    From James Bond villains to Spandau Ballet, everyone loves gold. Why? Because it’s pretty. But appearance is only a part of gold’s appeal to investors. Jewellery is a popular use for the precious metal, accounting for a large portion of end user demand.

    That interest in the substance…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Currency

    December 17th, 2012

    Alternative Investments Explained: from precious metals to farming, AlternativeMarketplace.co.uk breaks down the alternative products vying for your cash and assesses which assets are worth taking the risk.

    This week, Alternative Marketplace considers the value of currency investment:

    Exchange rates are always shifting. That fact is what makes currency such a strong, if potentially risky, investment. Currency rates may be a headache for holidaymakers around the globe, but for savvy investors, one currency’s fall can be a rise in their pro…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Rare Earth Metals

    December 12th, 2012

    Alternative Investments Explained: from carbon credits to farming, AlternativeMarketplace.co.uk breaks down the alternative products vying for your cash and assesses which assets are worth taking the risk.

    A lot of people confuse precious metals with rare earth metals – understandably so, because both are (as the latter’s name suggests) relatively rare. (The 17 different elements, such as cerium, praseodymium, samarium, are technically quite common in the Earth’s crust, but are hard to find in concentrated mineral form.)

    But there are sev…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Precious Metals

    December 3rd, 2012

    Alternative Investments Explained: from bamboo to precious metals, AlternativeMarketplace.co.uk breaks down the alternative products vying for your cash and assesses which assets are worth taking the risk.

    This week, precious metals go under the microscope.

    What makes a metal precious? Several things. Firstly, the chemistry: precious metals are less reactive than most elements. Secondly, their appearance: due to their chemical make-up, precious metals tend to glisten more in the light, making them more attractive to both consumers and inv…