Archive for October, 2014

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Monday 27th October 2014

    October 27th, 2014

    FCA launches Scamsmart to protect from investment fraud

    The FCA has launched a new site,, to help protect investors from fraud.

    The average investor loses around £20,000 and the FCA receives around 5,000 calls a year from investors about suspected investment fraud.

    Investment scams generally involve high-pressured selling, using boiler room tactics, for products which often do not exist, including land-banking schemes, carbon credits and rare earth metals.

    Investment scams are difficult to spot and are desi…

  • Alternative Investment News Round-up: Monday 6th October 2014

    October 6th, 2014

    Farmland investors turn to developing markets

    Farmland investors are turning to developing markets, as the established market continues to expand. Indeed, agricultural land has long been considered a safe haven, notes Savills, wWith capital annualised growth totalling 20 per cent since 2002. The star performer over the 10 years to 2012 was Romania, where average farmland values grew by almost 40 per cent per year, prompting buyers to broaden their horizons.

    Platinum struggles against strong dollar

    Platinum is struggling against the…