Archive for May, 2013

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Biodiesel

    May 31st, 2013

    This week, AlternativeMarketplace.co.uk breaks down biodiesel.

    Money does not grow on trees. Ask any forest investment expert and they might say different. The same is true of biodiesel investors – and they have a fairly strong case.

    What is biodiesel? It is a diesel fuel that is created from a substance such as vegetable oil or animal fat. Who uses it? In 2008, biofuels actually accounted for 1.8 per cent of the world’s transport fuel. It may not seem like much, but that figure is set to grow significantly.

    Why? Because crude oil is…

  • Farmland bull run continues for investors

    May 29th, 2013

    Rural property delivered another year of strong growth for investors, narrowly missing out on a second year of double-digit returns, according to Carter Jonas and Smiths Gore, sponsors of the IPD Rural Property Investment Index, as the results for 2012 were launched.

    Giles Wordsworth, Head of National Farms and Estates Agency at Smiths Gore said: “Total returns of 9.9% in 2012 outpaced those of commercial and residential property, while continuing to act as a substantial inflation hedge.”

    “The main driver of growth has been from capital v…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Renewable forestry

    May 25th, 2013

    Alternative Investments Explained: from farming to carbon credits, 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 plants it feet into renewable forestry. Is it worth branching out into?

    Timber has been around for a long time. As a building material, let alone a source of paper and other practical objects, it’s one of humanity’s oldest surviving commodities. And its importance has endured through the generation…

  • “Flash crash” fails to deter gold investors

    May 15th, 2013

    Despite its recent plunge in value, 41.8% of retail investors who invest in gold say it’s not changed their investment strategy and they are continuing to buy or hold, according to the latest Halifax Share Dealing Market Tracker.

    Despite its recent plunge in value, 41.8% of retail investors who invest in gold say it’s not changed their investment strategy and they are continuing to buy or hold, according to the latest Halifax Share Dealing Market Tracker.

    A further 23.9% of retail investors who invest in the commodity say they have now go…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Classic Cars

    May 13th, 2013

    When it comes to alternative investments, gold is arguably the prettiest, property schemes are theoretically the most reliable, while ethical investments are the most satisfying. But is anything quite as attractive as a classic car investment?

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

    When it comes to alternative investments, gold is arguably the prettiest, property schemes…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Art

    May 6th, 2013

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

    This week, art goes under the auctioneer’s hammer.

    I may not know art but I know what I like. So goes the famous saying from Orson Welles. But even if you agree, that does not mean you cannot be an art investor – and be successful at it.

    Like many commodity investments, art involves a simple principle: buy low, sell hig…

  • Alternative Investments Explained: Antiques

    May 1st, 2013

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

    Under the hammer this week are antique investments. Are they a lucrative product worth going the extra mile for? Or is the roadshow all a load of Dickinson?

    TV programmes such as Antiques Roadshow have highly popularised the notion of antique investments – particularly the idea that you might already own an antique worth a significant …