Investment Pick: A Safe, Ethical & Beautiful Place to Put Your Money

Hottest Hidden Investment Trend?

Investing Money can be a frightening experience these days. Investors look around and see the remains of the Dot-Com bubble that burst less than a decade ago, now nearly buried underneath the rubble of the ever-expanding housing & credit debacle that began in late 2007. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that many investors are unsure where to turn as investment vehicles that were once thought to be quite secure – particularly the bricks & mortar of real estate – are suddenly risky. Horror of horrors, even low-interest savings accounts at US banks don’t seem safe anymore.

Adding to the anxiety over where to put their money, investors are now faced with another phenomenon: green anxiety. This new term describes the pangs of worry over the environment that many people are starting to feel when it comes to purchases and investments. Ethical investing, which includes investigating a company’s employment practices, ecological footprint, and product safety before committing to buy stocks that support their business is becoming a must for a growing number of investors.

So, what’s a person with a mortgage and a conscience who’d like to see a return on their savings supposed to do anymore?

For those of you with an eye for beauty, a head for business and a nose for future returns, there’s another market to explore. This one has been around for as long as recorded history, and, over time has performed better and more reliably than the stock market. In fact, according to Mei Moses Beautiful Asset Advisors, it has never let investors down. As has been the case with every market, this one has made some investors richer than others. In spite of this, putting money here has managed to remain to be seen as a place reserved for the well-to-do, high-brow crowd with barred entry for anyone not in possession of a private jet. But it is precisely and only this perception that has kept you out. You are allowed to dabble here, and indeed you should take a closer look at this environmentally friendly, ethical, safe & beautiful investment opportunity. Without further ado, then, I introduce you to the world of art.

Monets, Picassos and Van Goghs are out of the question for most of us. Commanding prices well in excess of $100 000.00 just to open the bidding, master works remain in the grasp of only the super-rich or super-motivated. For the little people, though, there are a host of up and coming artists out there – more every day, in fact, that could be the masters of the future. Remember, artistic tastes change, the personality and life history of the artist him or herself could add to the value of the work, and you have to venture a little ouside of your comfort zone to be able to spot future trends. All you have to do to get behind one or more future Kerouac or Andy Warhol is search them out at the beginnings of their careers, observe their progress, and choose the time to invest. There are several artists I’ve been watching for less than 2 years whose work has already gone from fetching $10.00 – $20.00 per piece to an average of $60.00 – $300.00 a piece for an original canvas. In one particular case, this amount looks like it is set to rise as recently one of her originals fetched over $800.00.

Where, exactly, did I become acquainted with these artists? Ebay. Once I spotted them, bookmarked them and watched their progress for a while I took it from there – searching the net and watching auctions, art gallery sites, trends in the market. For those people who got in early and purchased a few originals, they have made a good profit. Okay, so they didn’t net six figures, and no, a few purchases like this likely won’t fund anyone’s retirement, but many purchases from the right artists might.

Art buying & selling has a mysterious, almost regal flair to it and this perception has kept many a regular Joe (or Joanne) believing that he or she couldn’t possibly tell a work created by a great artist from a work created when a dog walked through a paint tray. Back in the days before the internet, the regular Joe could be excused for his thinking. After all, researching art was for people who could afford to attend art shows, or go to university, or came from a family whose collection was an education in itself. However today, with the entire world of art history and the current new crop of artists as close as the computer screen, there is no reason why anyone can’t find their path into smart investing in the lucrative art market.