What Antiques Should You Invest In?

Posted on 19 June 2017
What Antiques Should You Invest In?

Antiques and collectables are a popular hobby for many, growing in popularity and accessibility over the years with the introduction of the internet. Needless to say, the world of collectables can be a highly satisfying endeavour for all who pursue it.

Why are Collectors Investing in Antiques and Collectables?

A study conducted in 2016 by Lloyds Private Banking highlighted that collectors are turning their collecting hobbies into profitable ventures. The report also highlighted the prospective growth of antiques over the next ten years, with an expected generated returns of around 35%- highly appealing for antique investors around Britain.

The report highlights that UK collectors are willing to pay high sums to buy the antiques they love- evident in the average highest figure investors pay for a single antique item equating to £32,500. Around 2 in 5 (37%) antique collectors would even stretch to £50,000 for a single investment. On the opposite side of the pricing brackets, antique collectors who do not have thousands to indulge on antiques are finding desirable antiques for £1,000 or less, demonstrating there truly is no high-cost barrier for any individual to start investing in their antique portfolios.

Satisfaction in antiques has remained consistent, according to the Lloyds Banking report, with the majority of investors happy with the performance of antiques in the last year and the antique world expected to attract significant amounts in the future.

Markus Stadlmann, the CIO of Lloyds Private Banking says, “Often tangible assets, such as an antique, retain their value and are not eroded by inflation. Over the long-term, these types of assets do not closely correlate with more traditional equity and bond markets, and therefore offer diversification opportunities. Investing in something you enjoy is a great way to make your portfolio unique to you…before you invest in antique[s]… do your research. From the start, you must be clear on your motivation behind the investment. You must also consider all costs, including purchase, restoration, storage, upkeep, and insurance. And be sure that items have all valid documentation, to ensure that you give yourself the best change to make your pastime pay.”

What Antiques Should You Invest in for 2017?

Many collectables are seeing huge popularity in 2017. These include:

• Fine and contemporary art
• Classic cars
• Comics
• Antique furniture
• Jewellery
• Antique clocks

With many areas to buy collectables, it can often be a daunting task for prospective collectors to decide on which market to focus their attention on and build their portfolio.

Foremost, we would advise that you should opt for products that you enjoy and are delighted to own because the collecting process should be as exhilarating as the selling! Secondly, decide on a market that sees consistent stability to ensure that you will see a fantastic return on your investments. We would highly recommend antique clocks as a viable option for anyone who loves intricate and technical products, has a fond interest in history and enjoys interior design, as these antique collectibles encompass all these areas- just talk to any antique clock dealers! UK stores are located across the breath of the country, with many the best located in the city of London, making antique clock options accessible for any collector. Any reputable antique clock dealer will be able to advise you on the market and provide you with any advice you may need before venturing on your collecting journey.

So, if you would like to discuss the opportunities of collecting antique clocks further, do not hesitate to get in touch today. We can provide you with expert knowledge and guide you to make smart investments in the antique clock world.

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