Around 40,000 years ago, a Neanderthal decided to document their hunting trip on a cave wall, leading to graffitied urinals, unmade beds and preserved sharks being displayed in galleries. Art has been around for a really long time, and only recently has its potential as an investment been brought to the fore as investors are taken by surprise that equities do something other than just go up. Traditional investments and their behaviours are becoming less certain, making truly uncorrelated return streams highly sought after.
January’s Lunar New Year celebrations welcomed in the year of the rat and, true to historical form, the rat came with a deadly virus. Obviously, the Media loves a global health emergency — just glance back to when Swine Flu and Ebola were all the rage. Now media outlets have a new muse in the form of Coronavirus and they’ve taken to reporting every aspect of the pandemic with particular fervour. Ultimately, it’s a numbers game; How many people are infected? How many people have died? How many countries is it in? How long do we all have left to…
As 2019 drew to a close, music fund Hipgnosis released their interim results, detailing their current holdings and recent acquisitions. Most business headlines ran with the purchase of master rights to the Kaiser Chief’s recording catalogue, which may have led some people to think two things:
1) What does a music fund do?
2) Who actually likes the Kaiser Chiefs that much?
Admittedly, the first question is slightly easier to answer than the second. On a basic level, music funds are pretty self-explanatory given their structure as a portfolio of songs. They are however slightly different to your dad’s vinyl…
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