It is possible to make good money tremendously with trading forex, stocks, and even alternative investments linked to wine and land. However, it must be noted that money (your savings) can be lost to scams, fraud, inexperience, emotions and stupidity. One good reason that with all the knowlegde that i have and i am still not rich or a millionaire is probably due to stupidity and inexperience. Profits need discipline to lock in and earning should be done in modesty. It is not the knowlegde that counts, it is the experience. Let us all make a living out of trading and learn to earn ourselves the luxury that we all deserves, just because we dare try.

Apr 6, 2008

Assets that Soaks Well, in worth'

A typical 30-something's investment portfolio may feature shares, unit trusts and property. But for Kong Fook Keong, 37, a project manager in an IT company, his portfolio reads 30 per cent stock, 70 per cent wine.

'I started buying a little at first, $2,000 to $3,000 worth, to get a feel of the investment,' he said. 'It seemed like a good investment, especially since I've been burnt on the share market before.'

Having been drinking wines for five to six years, and having completed wine tastings and appreciation classes, Mr Kong was quite receptive when Australian Wine Index (AWI), which provides fine-wine sourcing and investment advice, talked to him about an 'investment strategy' for wines.

His first label - a case of Torbreck Descendants 2001 - was followed by Parker Terra Rossa First Growth 1999, then Clarendon Hills Astralis 2000. He's since sold off the Parker and Clarendon for about 10 per cent profit, Mr Kong says - 'not bad for a one-year investment,' he reckons.

With some $80,000 invested in wines now, Mr Kong is redefining 'liquid assets'. 'At least they are tangible investments, and if I don't sell it, I can always just drink it,' he quips. Mr Kong is part of a growing breed in Asia, says AWI. The Sydney-based company, set up in 2002, moved its base to Singapore in 2003 because it saw growing demand in wine buying and collecting in Asia.

'We act as a brokerage for our clientele, accessing premium, rare, hard-to-source vintage Australian boutique wines for them,' says Justin Alexander, 33, who used to be a private-client stockbroker in London.

Starting off as a wine lover and avid collector himself, he met like-minded Jeremy Kasler in Sydney and set up AWI. Demand for Australian was unbottled some 10 years ago with influential critic Robert Parker giving strong recommendations for Australian labels like Penfolds Grange, says Mr Alexander. 'Since then, we've seen a growing band of cult, boutique wines emerge,' he says.

Wine investing isn't really the same as dabbling in shares or property, Mr Alexander says, but 'it is one area which is showing healthy returns.'

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

really?that tempting??

i didnt know alternative wine investments had been around since that long ago

i was thinking it was a hype only recent years

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