A timely opportunity to protect and grow your wealth on the alternative investment market
The last ten years have not been easy for investors. Interest rates have been reduced to an historic low, eroding the value of your savings. Global economic turmoil has seen financial markets and whole currencies wobble. In contrast, prestige collectibles, uncorrelated with any mainstream market and unaffected by trends and market whimsy, have remained largely secure, profitable and continue to grow in value.
The reason is one of simple supply and demand economics. Rare stamps, coins, and books have always had a special place in the affection of collectors. Now, a track record of steady growth and capital appreciation means they are equally treasured by investors. Their potential is further fuelled by increased demand from a growing global middle class, particularly in the emerging economies, and a finite supply of investment grade stamps and coins.
Who is this investment for?
A long term investment that can be reassuringly profitable
If you are seeking a fast buck, or the thrill of day to day trading, then investing in rare stamps, books and coins is not for you. Investors tend to turn to alternative investments like these rare collectibles when, as now, returns on traditional investments falter or when they’re taking a longer-term view. They rarely give quick wins; on the whole they are slow, steady and can be reassuringly profitable. Due to their specialist nature, these asset classes have also remained largely outside the influence of speculators and market whimsy, adding to their long-term stability.
Due to their ‘buy and hold’ nature, a portfolio of rare stamps and coins can work well for a legacy or retirement pot. Although investors choose rare collectibles for their strong, historical performance there is another important fact about an investment in rare stamps, coins and books: they are a tangible asset. The moment you invest with us, you become the owner of something physical and an important piece of history – a real, rare, prestige collectible that can also be traded on the open market. But there are no ‘units’ and nothing virtual here – the only ‘certificate’ we will give you is Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity for your added peace of mind. You can actually take away the items in your portfolio or consign them to us, for free and safe storage in our vaults.
At Stanley Gibbons we have an increasing base of both collectors and investors including high net worth individuals and wealth advisers across the globe. Investors in rare stamps include everyone from entrepreneurs and pensioners across the globe, to a French Open tennis champion, Fed Chair Janet Yellen, a ‘Green-Jacket wearing’ pro-golfer and Bill Gross, ex-Pimco fund’s ‘Bond King’.
One thing links all our clients – ownership of only the highest grade collectibles for investment that are both highly prized now and that we believe will increase in value over time. Plus the desire to preserve and grow the wealth they have worked so hard to build up.
Investing in rare stamps, coins and books
When you invest in stamps, coins and books you are building a diversified portfolio to protect and grow your capital. As well as being potentially secure and profitable these are heritage assets, each with their own story to tell, that you’ll feel proud to own and pass on to future generations. Stanley Gibbons, together with our recently acquired companies, Baldwins (rare coins) and Dreweatt & Bloomsbury (works on paper), have a combined (450) years’ experience ‘stock-picking’ the best investment grade assets on your behalf and we can offer you all the help and advice you need to enter and exit the market.
The world’s first adhesive postage stamp was the Penny Black – a small piece of paper that ignited a communication revolution across the world. Issued on 1st May 1840 it made the world a smaller place and, as history now shows, created a new way to protect and grow your wealth. Today, by weight, rare stamps are the world’s most valuable commodity; the highest price ever reached at auction for a single stamp is $9.5 million and the global stamps market is worth over £6 billion p.a.
Like stamps, investing in rare coins is an investment in history that goes back over two Millenia. Every coin tells a story; why was it minted and when, who did it once belong to, what was happening in the world when it was created. The answers are always fascinating and frequently surprising. You may be equally surprised by the explosion in world demand. The rare coins market is breaking records – in 2015, more than 17 coins sold for over one million US dollars each at auction.
The investment value of rare books is rising rapidly with the market driven by passionate collectors chasing a finite supply of the most desirable items. The main draw is aesthetic: the charm of a rare, beautifully illustrated book, fine printing upon the page, an elaborate binding or a well-designed dust-jacket. But as well as giving immense pride of ownership they offer strong capital growth potential with some copies selling for up to £250,000 each.