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Don’t like how stocks and bonds are performing? Here’s an asset you can wrap your arms around — literally.
Rising fears that traditional investing has become a lose-lose proposition have a growing number of wealthy folks seeing dollar signs in niche funds that invest in art, wine, musical instruments and even classic cars.
They’re known as “collectible” funds or “treasure” funds, and while they come with plenty of skeptics and potential pitfalls, they’re also promising returns reminiscent of the days before the Great Recession.
Sergio Esposito, founder of Union Square’s wine shop Italian Wine Merchants, said the wine fund he helped start in 2010, The Bottled Asset Fund, has been doing so well he hopes to launch another next year.ANGEL CHEVRESSTART OF THE DEAL: Sergio Esposito, in his Manahattan office, is seeing sparkling returns on his $8.2 million Bottled Asset Fund. Other funds invest in fine art and rare antique cars.
After selling its first batches of wine this year, the $8.2 million fund is now seeing profits upward of 30 percent, he said.
Try getting that out of the S&P 500 or even smart-money hedge funds.
It’s not just wine funds that are promising mouthwatering returns.
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