Archive for August, 2014

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Thursday 21st August 2014

    August 21st, 2014

    Demand for gold reverts to long term trends

    Demand for gold is reverting to long term trends, according to the World Gold Council.

    The group’s latest report shows that global jewellery demand, which represents more than half of total global demand, was down 30 per cent year-on-year to 510t. In comparison Q2 2014 was 11 per cent higher than Q2 2012, extending the broad upward trend evident since 2009….

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Friday 15th August 2014

    August 15th, 2014

    Bridging loans provide best alternative investment returns

    Property bridging loans have provided investors with the greatest annual returns and the lowest volatility across a range of alternative asset classes, according to the latest research from West One Loans.

    In the twelve months to 1st July 2014, private investors in short-term secured loans have seen a total annual return of 10.5%. This is almost twice the 5.3% return from collectable art, and compares with negative returns for gold and wine investments.

    Physical gold investment…

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Friday 8th August 2014

    August 8th, 2014

    UK farmland values continue to climb

    The cost of farmland in the UK rose by 3% in the first half of 2014 to £9,594 an acre, according to the RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey for H1 2014.

    In addition to land prices now being 12% higher than a year ago, farmland now costs more than four times what it did when RICS first began recording rural land market data in 1994 (when land cost £2,028 per acre).

    Wales saw the largest price increase over the last twelve months (19%), where the average price per acre now stands at £8,625 – hig…