The mainstream media may finally be catching on to some of the hidden asset classes we’ve touted for years. But we still know a few secret ways to turn their idle curiosity into our profit.
There’s a certain joy in being ahead of the curve. But when your beliefs are vindicated, it’s bittersweet.
It’s always nice to know you’re right. But there’s a pang when you realize that the world has caught on – and it’s time to move forward yet again.
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I felt that pang earlier this week when The Economist launched its new valuables index.
Recognizing that hidden asset classes such as stamps, coins, art, fine wines and classic cars are legitimate stores of wealth – and legitimate investments with market-beating returns – The Economist has decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
As you can see in the inaugural chart, everything except guitars and art has beaten the MSCI World average – a measure of major stock exchanges from around the globe.
In fact, the valuables index went up 211% since 2003, while the MSCI World increased only 147% – including dividends.
And frankly, the performance should have been even better.
The index is weighted according to holdings information provided by Barclays. The index is meant to mimic the actual portfolio of wealthy individuals.
Sadly, the largest holding by far – at 36% – is art, the worst performing of all assets. Stamps, by comparison, make up only 6% of the index, minimizing their strong performance.
My guess is this new valuables index is going to turn quite a few heads. Despite growing press coverage, most people still don’t think of these sorts of assets as investments.
That could change with the spotlight of The Economist now shining brightly.
Too bad – I rather enjoyed being the lone voice touting these hidden asset classes.
There’s one thing The Economist and others continue to miss, though – one thing that I try to bring my readers.
You see, this index is still positioned as a glimpse into a hidden world – an idle way to measure what the upper-upper crust is up to.
But that’s not the way we should look at these assets at all.
Not Just for the Rich and Famous
Most people assume that, to invest in something like fine wines or coins, you need to have a net worth most of us could only dream of.
The truth is, there are ways for every ordinary investor to participate in these “valuable” asset classes.
In fact, in my next newsletter for Unconventional Wealth, I show a method to participate in one of these hidden asset classes for as little as $1,500.
I can’t give away the secret here – that would be unfair to my readers – but, suffice to say, you don’t need to own a yacht to invest like a billionaire. And you don’t need to attend an auction to own fine examples of hidden assets that have beaten the markets time and again.
Why, the asset I write about in my next newsletter has averaged a 9.4% return since 1954 – and hasn’t fallen once in that time.
You can see why it’s such a valuable part of the, ahem, valuables index.
But again, you don’t need to be a multimillionaire to realize similar profits. You don’t need a net worth that rivals a small country.
There are plenty of enormous gains being made off the front pages. Your asset doesn’t need to set a new record to net you a healthy profit.
Indeed, all you need is $1,500 and a little vision.
If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, you can sign up for Unconventional Wealth here. My next newsletter posts September 9, so you don’t want to wait too long.
And if you aren’t interested in Unconventional Wealth, that’s fine too. Just don’t let the elitist air surrounding these hidden assets deter you. Do your own homework, and grab some of these enormous gains for yourself.
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