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Tangible Assets Outperformed Financial Markets in 2018You might have missed this Wall Street Journal article on tangible asset gains in 2018. The story cites a range of sources to contrast returns in tangible assets like art (10.6%), wine (10.2%), and large and colored diamonds (0.4%) with now-cursed public market investments in the S&P 500 (down 5.1% based on total return), cash (1.9%) and gold (down 2.2%.) The story offers a graph of the HAGI index for classic cars that reached a post-crisis high at the end of 2016 and has since pretty much bounced repeatedly off a top. Going the opposite direction, the wine index cited comes off a plateau in 2016 and goes up and to the right aggressively most likely reflecting Chinese money in the wine market.
- “Cars have been the best-performing luxury investment over the past 10 years, gaining 289%, according to a report published by Knight Frank earlier this year. Coins gained around 182%, wine 147% and jewelry 125% over the same period, while antique furniture and Chinese ceramics lost value.”
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