5 amazing things you never realised you could invest in
By Mike Narouei, Content Producer at Boring Money
18 Dec, 2018
“I just rebalanced my portfolio with a low-volatility equity fund from the Middle East!” said the most exciting guy at the party…
As cool as you think your investments are, nobody else really gives a monkey’s. Unless, of course, you invest in something badass. Like one of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe prints. Or an upcoming blockbuster with aliens and explosions. Now that’s what we’re talking about!
1. World famous works of art
It may seem strange to buy into something that will never release a new product or service – after all, that’s how companies tend to make money – but when you think about the inflated value of art, it’s hard to not start seeing pound signs.
Andy Warhol’s Marilyn prints were selling for around $100,000 in the 1990s. By the 2000s, they were going for around half a million. And by 2015 that had climbed to almost $2.5 million (https://www.masterworks.io/artwork/6yd57TiFsAkuu86cosS48m).
What about a Monet from 100 years earlier? One of the most famous names in the history of oil on canvas, his impressionist masterpieces are also ever-growing. ‘La cote de Varengevilla’, for example, sold for $607,500 in 1994, and then for $4,892,226 in 2014 (https://www.masterworks.io/artwork/3DmyUQzqB2gKA0mmCgwgOW). Yes please!
From only $20 a share – about £15 today – you yourself can own a slice. Hopefully it’ll go up in value. But even if it doesn’t, you can boast without boring people.
2. A cattle empire
You don’t have to be a cattle rancher to make moolah from Daisy. And one of the best things about investing in a cow is you could even go and visit it. Awww.
With around 1.5 billion of them on the planet today – around 1 for every 5 people – there’s no shortage of investment opportunities. And you could even start your own empire. Buy one cow, to be reared by a farmer in a distant land, then profit from their milk and get a stake in their calves. It’s a huge industry, so shop around if you’re interested to find the least risky and most humane deal.
3. Hollywood’s next blockbuster
If you think paintings are “so last century” then why not invest in tomorrow’s big screen blockbusters? From ‘Moonlight’ to ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, there have been countless hits where the funding didn’t just come from a slobbering, seedy, billionaire producer.
You can usually get involved from around £10,000 (https://filminvest.lpages.co/film/), so it’s not for the casual investor. And, really, the movies are so risky that we certainly don’t advise it. You might strike gold in the next big franchise, or you might lose it all on a straight-to-DVD flop. After all, Gigli sounded good on paper – a gangster romcom with Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck – but it ended up losing $60 million. Ouch!
4. That song you listen to on repeat
Some people can pretty much live on the royalties they earn from releasing a hit song. Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’, for example, nets her £376,000 every year! (Insert ‘gift that keeps on giving’ joke here).
To hop on the royalties bandwagon yourself, without needing a Christmas number 1, you can bid on bits of songs at websites such as SongVest (http://www.songvest.com/) and TheRoyaltyExchange (http://www.theroyaltyexchange.com/). Typically, royalties pay out until the copyright ends, around 95 years after the artist’s death. So once you make back the price you bought it for, it’s pure profit. Unless you pick a song nobody listens to…
Will there ever be a time when friendly humans don’t come together, crack open a bottle of plonk, and play Trivial Pursuit or Cards Against Humanity till the early hours? Probably not. There’s a hot tip for you!
Investing in booze is pretty easy no matter who you are. It’s best to leave stocking up the wine cellar to connoisseurs who know how to pick a good vintage, but anyone with a couple of quid can buy into a brewery for one of their top tipples. In fact, one of Google’s favourite ads to show me at the minute is about ‘Investing in whiskey by the barrel’. And you’re bound to see a tube ad for some sort of craft beer looking for investors (http://www.camdentownbrewery.com/invest/) if you travel across London. Liquid assets, anyone?
As ever, it’s worth pointing out that we aren’t licensed financial advisors. I’m not expecting you to go and stick your life savings on a black-and-white Friesian, and don’t recommend it. This is simply to demonstrate the vastness of the investing world. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
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