Archive for May, 2014

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Thursday 29th May 2014

    May 29th, 2014

    Million-dollar returns grow out of failed timber scheme

    A failed timber scheme in Australia, which “went off the rails” during the global financial crisis, has led to million-dollar returns for one investor. The Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund purchased more than 2,500 square kilometres out of bankruptcy in 2011 for $400 million and has enjoyed a nearly $100-million return this year after forestry products began to be purchased again.

    “This is a perfect example of why it pays to be a long-term investor,” AIMCo chief executive Leo …

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Thursday 22nd May 2014

    May 22nd, 2014

    Are precious metals “vulnerable” to US economic confidence?

    Precious metals may be vulnerable to weakening US consumer confidence, according to Daily FX. Precious metals have traditionally been a popular alternative asset for those looking for a safe haven outside of the usual economic factors. Indeed, the ongoing unrest and uncertainty surrounding Ukraine saw demand silver rise significantly in recent months. But US jobless claims dropped to the lowest level in seven years last month, which is helping to fuel expectation of an eventual inte…

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Friday 16th May 2014

    May 16th, 2014

    Platinum prices climb higher
    Platinum prices climbed higher this week, driven by uncertainties both inside and outside of the industry.

    Precious metals all rallied this week, boosted by uncertainty thanks to strikes involving South Africa’s mines. The ongoing political tension in Ukraine also continues to drive doubt higher, fuelling growing interest in safe haven assets. As a result, platinum’s value has climbed 2 per cent this week to a new high.

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    Silver soars to one-month high
    Silver prices have soared to a one-month high t…

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Friday 9th May 2014

    May 9th, 2014

    Gold prices hit three-week high

    Gold prices hit a three-week high at the start of this week, as demand was driven by concerns surrounding Ukraine. The conflict continues to spread uncertainty both politically and economically, causing investors to seek out stable alternative safe havens. That rise in interest helped gold for June lively rise to $1,309.40 a troy ounce, notes Investing, the highest since mid-April.

    Canadian farmland prices see historic climb

    Canadian farmland prices enjoyed the biggest climb in almost three decades. Sask…

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Friday 2nd May 2014

    May 2nd, 2014

    Art “part of Dubai’s cultural agenda”

    Investing in art is now “part of Dubai’s cultural agenda”, according to Gulf News. The emirate’s profile within the art industry has risen quickly in recent years, as wealth, economic confidence and a growing taste for art has driven up sales. Indeed, there have been several record transactions in the last 12 months thanks to Middle East buyers, while Dubai’s cultural calendar is now full of events at over 60 galleries and museums in the city.

    “It is phenomenal how Dubai developed into the art space…