Savvy investors know that the stock market is in trouble this year. 2016 opened with the worst market performance in the last 100 years. Dragged down by crashing oil prices and trouble in China, the major stock indices have taken a brutal hit. Rumours of a second recession are rife (though arguably with little real foundation). If you’re an investor, it’s not time to panic just yet. However, it might be worth spreading your portfolio a little. Ease the nerves by taking some money out of the market, and putting it into alternative investments.
Ships and commercial vehicles
When the market dips, so does the price of industry assets. Especially as the biggest mining and oil companies are at their lowest point in years. Rather than thinking about doom and gloom, consider it the perfect buying opportunity for industrial assets. The mining and oil industries will pick up, and they’ll want their assets back! Look at this car carrier ship for sale, as one example. Buy up big company assets, and hold onto them until the market picks up again.
The real estate market doesn’t correlate with the stock market too much. The pendulum of price doesn’t swing at the same time. So, even while the stock market is struggling, the housing market is thriving. Experts predict the current rate of price-rising is set to continue for another 3-5 years. It’s a great time to jump on, and ride it to the top. Real estate is always a great investment, especially in the long-term as prices inevitably rise.
Art and wine
If you prefer your investments a little smaller and more refined, consider collections like art and wine. You need only visit an art auction to see the ludicrous value of artwork. It’s not easy to predict a future big-seller, but immersing yourself in the art world will help. Similarly, when it comes to wine, you’ll need to do your research. But, as the saying goes, good wine improves with age. And so does its price.
Coins and gold
If there’s one predictable stock market movement you can always rely on, it’s the pattern of gold. When things get sketchy in the markets, investors flood to gold bullion and coins. It’s a safe haven for investors, as its price isn’t linked to equity and business. When the 9/11 attacks took place, the market crashed, but gold soared to all-time highs. We’re seeing a similar pattern now, as the market wobbles. Gold is flying, and there’s still plenty of time to jump on board.
Private equity and startups
While the big indices (FTSE 100, Nasdaq, and NYSE stock exchange) are fluttering, the ripples aren’t affecting smaller companies. Smaller startups that aren’t on the major stock exchange are relatively unphased. It’s the perfect time to invest in smaller startups and put your money in private equity. You’ll get a big payout if and when they float their IPO.
When the market wobbles, don’t panic. Instead, shuffle your portfolio Try one of these alternative investments, and keep your money safe.