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Investing in Stamps

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There are reputed to be 30m stamp collectors, or philatelists, worldwide. Numismatists, or coin collections are fewer in number, but growing. So with a collector base like this, there is depth and liquidity to the market and, for these reasons, many now see it as an interesting investment alternative. As with other forms of tangible asset investment, though, there are traps that they unwary could fall into. The stamp market in particular, dominated by Stanley Gibbons , is known for big spreads between bid (selling) and offer (buying) prices. If the spread is, say, 10 per cent, your investment would therefore have to increase by ...
for the purpose of realizing a profit. Philatelic investment was popular during the 1970s but then fell out of favour following a speculative bubble and prices of rare stamps took many years to recover. Investing in rare stamps requires a high degree of expertise and can be very risky for the novice. Rare stamps are among the most portable of tangible investments , take up little space but require careful storage as condition is one of the most important factors in determining the value of a stamp. Other tangible investments include art, antiques, precious metals , rare coins and many others that are all termed alternative ...
How to get rich by investing in stamps
stamps are a hedge against inflation, and will tend to keep their value despite how much paper money our politicians are printing. Stamps could be a great investment should the value of the US dollar and British pound continue to fall on the global currency markets. Stamps are in many ways an ideal investment. There are a finite number of them, and rising demand of the limited supply will tend to pushes up prices over time. In the past few years, there have been impressive gains in the values of investment grade stamps. Some of this rise will be down to diversification away from paper based investments, although the value of ... market research, surveys and trends
» My favorite stamps
Lawrence Block wrote recently in his column (at Linns) about his favorite countries to collect. It got me thinking about my collection, and my personal favorites. Unlike Mr. Block, I don’t have a list of countries I prefer over another.  Instead I have a list of different kind of arguments. I confess that I prefer old stamps. Not because of their value, but because of the quality of handcrafts. Engraved stamp designs do have that “something”. And the colors;  they are so soft and vivid. 1911 Bavaria - 25th anniversary of regime of Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. These are definitely one of my personal ... market research, surveys and trends


Portfolio Diversification benefits of Investing in Stamps by ...
This is remarkable, because there are more than 30 million stamp ... Since most auctions charge a round-trip fee of around 20 percent of the purchase price, ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Three minute investing: Stamps
realize a 25 percent gain annually, according to John Kardos of The Stamp Gallery in ... cash by selling millions of stamps that would ever be licked. ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Don't starve the Food Stamp Budget
So it’s come to this. On Wednesday, Congress passed a bill that was hailed all over Washington for preventing teacher layoffs and cuts to Medicaid. The money to pay for this came at the expense of a $12 billion cut to the Food Stamp program. And so the grim reality behind the election-year cheerleading is this: The burden of funding is being put on the backs of those who can least afford it  - the tens of millions of struggling Americans who rely on Food Stamps to keep food on their tables. The cost will be borne by people like Ginny*, a disabled San Franciscan scraping by on less than a poverty-level income, ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Warhol's box of tricks
Warhol in New York's Stable gallery, 1964, amid the Brillo box sculptures at the centre of the scandal. Photograph: Getty Images In late 2003, Mayfair gallery owner Brian Balfour-Oatts was offered the deal of his career – a collection of rarely seen Warhol sculptures never before put up for sale. Painted white and silk-screened red and blue, the wooden boxes mimicked the 60s cardboard packaging for Brillo pads and represented a benchmark in Warhol's artistic output. After shocking the art world with his infamous portraits of Campbell's Soup cans in 1962, Warhol began work on 100 wooden sculptures of packing ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Quick Guide to Investing in Collectable Stamps Some Facts
For those interested in investing in stamps (or in any collectable, for that matter), ... We want to make investing in stamps easy for everyone. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
"Ponzi" Schemes
A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi scheme organizers often solicit new investors by promising to invest funds in opportunities claimed to generate high returns with little or no risk. In many Ponzi schemes, the fraudsters focus on attracting new money to make promised payments to earlier-stage investors and to use for personal expenses, instead of engaging in any legitimate investment activity. With little or no legitimate earnings, the schemes require a consistent flow of money from new investors to continue. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Dean's Blog, Robert Bruner, Dean Darden School of Business
“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” –Hindu Prince Siddartha Gautama the founder of Buddhism This is it: the end of summer. For my colleagues and me, the new school year formally begins tomorrow, when we gather together the new class of students. A farewell to summer is overwhelmed by the sense of anticipation that a terrific experience is about to begin. We are making a start. Doing this well entails at least two tasks. First, a good start acknowledges the context. Certainly, the circumstances of the U.S. economy are bearish. There’s never been a recession ...
Stamps (Philately) - Answers by Ken Humphries
  Q: My husband is from Scotland, and has several first day covers ranging from the 1950's-1990's, as ...   A: Look in a catalogue of first day covers, difficult to find unless you go a one of the big dealers ...   Q: I have a box of stamps from principally European countries. How do I evaluate them. Most do not ...   A: There os the easy way and the hard way. The easy way is to find a stamp dealer who will appraise ...   Q: I am hoping you can help me establish a value to an old government of India Stamp. It is an 8 rupee ...   A: I* can find no record of this in the Indian catalogues. ...
WikiAnswers - How much is a one Twopenny blue stamp worth
Not even the first day covers are worth that much due to there being millions of them being sold. Interesting items that will probably fetch more on ebay than at a philatalist shop/auction. Couple... How much is a one cent US documentary stamp worth ? There are many one cent documentary stamps which were issued by the Internal Revenue. I would recommend that you visit your local library and pick up a copy of "Scott Specialized Catalogue of United... How much is a red one penny stamp worth ? {| |- | Given that description, the stamp could be one of hundreds of different red 1 cent stamps. You will have to provide better ...