Archive for June, 2013

  • Young Brits step up investment in art

    June 19th, 2013

    It may seem like one of the most exclusive alternative assets for middle-aged buyers only, but new research from Direct Line SELECT Premier Insurance reveals a boom in art sales and an appreciation of culture amongst young Britons.

    Young Art Fans (YAFs) have spent over £1.9 billion in the last year on ‘affordable art’.  With almost a third (31 per cent) of those aged 18-34 having purchased paintings, sculptures and photographs valued at less than £4,000 each in the last 12 months, an interest in art is being viewed as a hallmark of sophis…

  • Farmland outperforms all asset classes apart from gold

    June 12th, 2013

    Farmland has consistently outperformed all other asset classes apart from gold in the last 17 years, according to new figures.

    Farmland has out-performed both equities and commodities in terms of value growth and levels of volatility over the past 17 years, with momentum continuing into the first quarter of 2013, according to Chesterton Humberts’ latest rural research report.

    Since 1995, average farmland values have risen by 9.2% per annum, well above equities (4.1%) and gilts (7.4%), whilst returns were much less volatile (12.4%) when co…