has been a tough few years for gold investors. Despite a
recent uptick in gold prices, the yellow metal is still
dramatically cheaper than it was in 2012, now selling at
around $1,200 per ounce.
other investments have outperformed gold, including the
are not a traditional investment. If you are looking for
a safe and solid investment, mutual funds are a better
choice. But for investors who like to own something
tangible that will hold its value over time, classic
watches can be a good choice.
particular, Rolexes are the best choice for investors
looking for a safe watch investment, according to Paul
Altieri, a vintage watch dealer and founder of Bobís
Watches in Huntington Beach, Calif. After 20 to 30
years, Rolexes start to appreciate in value, Altieri
said. This has continued to hold true in recent years
even as gold has declined in value.
in jewelry is often related to investing in gold, since
a lot of jewelry contains gold. But jewelry also
contains other elements, such as diamonds. The American
Jewelry Institute notes that over the last 20 years,
jewelry containing diamonds of the highest quality has
been breaking records at auctions by major art houses.
is not to say you can simply walk into a jewelry store
and walk out with a ring that will be more valuable in a
year. However, it is possible to make a smart investment
in jewelry that can beat the returns on gold.
one wears and treats the jewelry impacts how long the
piece will last or how much repair might be incurred
over time," says Jill Burgum, senior director of
fine jewelry at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
price of guns on both the primary and secondary markets
has been skyrocketing in recent years. Meanwhile,
antique weapons are another alternative investment that
has done very well. From swords and knives to flintlock
firearms, antique weapons have been a solid investment
even as gold as tumbled, according to many experts.
cars are a fun investment collectible, and their return
has trounced the value of gold in the past few years.
Even as gold continued to slide, classic cars increased
in value by 40 percent in 2014, according to an index
published by U.K. private bank Coutts.
is critical to buy the right car and keep it in the
right condition, but smart investors might find a lot of
value sitting in their own garage.
in coins long has been a popular hobby, but it might be
on the verge of becoming a common investment too,
according to some experts.
with collecting jewelry, the value of a coin collection
is often closely linked to gold prices. However, truly
rare and sought-after coins are valuable not for their
gold content but for their rarity and desirability.
coins can be excellent investments that trounce the
value of gold over time, and in recent years even common
currency has outpaced the return of gold.