Autographs, I bet you hadn’t thought that autographs could be a viable option to include in your investing portfolio.
If you’re looking for the best places to invest your money, the well-known options like stocks and shares, bank bonds and property tend to be the most obvious options, and that makes sense.
However, thinking outside the box with alternative asset classes can present more resilient alternatives. While investing in autographs is often seen as an investment into history, they can also be sound financial investments with consistent growth rates and protected from volatility seen in traditional investment markets.
But investing in autographs isn’t always straightforward. Making good investments in autographs is about spotting the right opportunity and carrying out the necessary checks to ensure it’s of investment-grade.
Why are autographs good investments?
Not only is owning a piece of history an enthralling idea that is far more attractive than opening a new bank bond; autographs have the potential to be just as successful investments. In fact, if you find the right autograph, they can prove far more profitable than other asset classes. Here’s why:
- Less market volatility
Markets climb and crash. From property to stocks, interest rates can change quickly and without much warning, with the potential to make what looked like a profitable investment almost worthless.
Autographs, however, stand unaffected by the turmoil of more traditional investment markets, such as property and stocks. In fact, as time goes on, autograph value continues on an upward trajectory, irrespective of economic conditions.
- The universal investment
Unlike other investment types, autographs are great for those who are new or inexperienced in investing. This is because there’s no limit to the investment potential of an autograph and even by making a small, low-risk investment in a piece, you could gain a healthy return in the future.
Autographs tend to gain value with time, with huge increases in what an autograph is worth common after media coverage on events such as an anniversary or death. For those who are willing to invest in autographs long-term, getting the timing right when putting the autograph back onto the market can lead to a massive return on the original price paid.
How to successfully invest in autographs
But, like all asset classes, the potential value of autographs need to be evaluated, and often only the professionally trained eye is able to spot out the most lucrative opportunities.
Here’s some tips on how to invest in autographs the right way:
- Look for trends
Although there’s no way to predict the future when it comes to what autographs will be most desirable in the years to come, there are trends you can look out for.
Taking note of individuals who are, or are becoming, well-known in their field, can indicate an increase in interest and therefore a growth in demand for related items, including their autograph.
As morbid as it may seem, autographs also tend to rise in price once the individual has passed away. Looking for opportunities to acquire the autographs of elderly icons while they are still alive is very likely to provide an immediate return when they die.
- Buy from a professional autograph dealer
Autograph dealers are experts in their field. They have an eye for spotting a rare or interesting autograph, are able to confidently authenticate and value a piece and can give the best indication on investment-potential.
When you buy an autograph from a certified dealer, you can rest assured that your autograph is 100% authentic, that you are only paying what your autograph is worth and that the advice or information you receive is reliable.
Sometimes when you are growing your investment portfolio it is handy to have some cash allocated to alternative investments. For some this can include things like antiques, art, stamps or in this case autographs.
The beauty of these alternative asset classes is that they don’t adhere to the economic clock cycles. That is, they can increase in value irrespective of what is happening in world economies. That’s a good thing.
Since autographs are not my area of expertise, the content for this article has been provided by Adam Andruiser.
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