6 investments more fun than stocks

A vintage Harley, an 18-carat gold Patek Philippe watch, a guitar once owned by the legendary Les Paul -- now that's a diversified portfolio.

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Nov 21, 2012 8:47AM
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Any investment you can take physical posession of (i.e. - not in the hands of Wall Street or banking crooks) is a good investment...and fun.  This is why I divested and bought silver.  Best move I ever made.
Nov 21, 2012 10:56AM
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I couldn't agree more ! I just finished getting the 'fat boy' ready for the toy's for tot's drives that'' be coming up - Yes- it's more fun than buying stocks ! I also have 4 guitars, one is a vintage Gibson Les Paul from the 50's (but it's wasn't owned by him- damn!) and I like to sit in on the local jazz club for a few sessions. One last collectable I'll share with you; I have a signed copy of Cheech & Chongs 'Bamboo You" & the INTACT rolling paper with their images. No one has that still !
Nov 21, 2012 11:06AM
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Hey,whata bout, Mg's,Truimph,Jaguar,Austin Healy Sprites, and of course,the American classic hot rods!
Nov 21, 2012 3:08PM
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An acre of farmland would be a wise investment. Better than any of the trinkets on this list. Why do people value crap?
Nov 21, 2012 6:18PM
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Collectibles are fun but NOT a hedge against economic bad times. Usually their prices collapse during hard times--which is the best time to buy them. They collapse not only because there is less disposable income flying around for purchases, but also because in hard times many people look for something valuable to sell to get some badly needed cash. So supply exceeds demand and collectible prices collapse.

 

And none of these are investments, they are all speculations. Speculation is betting on the eventual sale price being higher than the purchase price, while investments produce cash flow regardless of an eventual sale. Although some stocks have a speculative aspect, the price is eventually based on the future earnings of the company.

Nov 21, 2012 7:50PM
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This has to be the worst advice I've ever read.
Nov 21, 2012 5:12PM
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Guns and ammunition, not necessarily antiques have done really well for me the last 5 years and I look for the ones that i bought last year to do really well in the next four years. Not a lot of maintenance, good gun cabinet, take up relatively small amounts of space.
Nov 20, 2012 10:16PM
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This is the FIRST article you've posted that actually has meaning! The organized economy is failing. The financial sector and all it entails is the cause. We have just experienced a great period of CHEAP and SHODDY. We have lost almost our entire skill craft and artist aspect of society. Our immediate future looks like CRAP. That said... really great things that lifted our nation are our truest investments. Okay, so a wonderful mid-20th Century Gibson Guitar is a keeper, but does the owner play? It's only worthwhile if someone does, otherwise it's no more valuable than a Picasso living in a vault where no one can see it. That said... there is an endless list of desired things out here and many are dwindling as the trash goes out each week. One day the economy will change. People will remember and want the things they couldn't get. Priceless stuff is often just that-- priceless and buyer-less. Better to remember now and think about why it was valuable to you. If it made you happy or elated, it very well could be a hot ticket some day. Saving (hoarding) anticipating what others will desire isn't the smartest thing. Remember Beanie Babies... there are probably more of them still in the packages than out. That didn't make anyone happy.
Nov 21, 2012 3:02PM
Nov 21, 2012 3:17PM
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vintage musical insrtuments!...if you're a musician and know what the heck to buy
May 3, 2013 2:34AM
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real  estate is the best option.
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Nov 21, 2012 1:19PM
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Well, if you get a Harley, it better be an old one.  The new ones will never be worth anything, they are full of cheap Chinese and Taiwanese parts.  I have one now, and I will be getting rid of it in the Spring.  It`s a real shame what the manuacturers have done in the name of greed.  It`s the same with Gibson guitars.  They are not anywhere near the quality of the older ones   My two American made Fenders are holding their own, value-wise, but I don`t know for how long. 
Jul 1, 2013 2:26PM
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I drove my 67 mustang convertible yesterday and looked at my investment portfolio this morning. Guess which I enjoyed more. My wife will be playing her 64 Gibson Dove when I get home this evening. She could care less about the portfolio but don't mess with her vintage Gibson's. you gotta live a little.
Nov 21, 2012 5:49PM
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can't go wrong with a muscle car, payed 14,000 for my 87 Buick Grand National 11yrs ago, original everything except for the exhaust, also had it signed by the designer of the car himself, Roland "Molly" Sanders, shame he passed a few yrs back, you prob know his other work, the Lexus logo, but the GN is appraised for 30K at the moment, that was 5yrs ago, didn't have a re appraisal done but will when I get the chance
Nov 21, 2012 7:15PM
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The "Prepper" in me says Organic Seeds, dried goods ,Lead, Smokeless Powder, Quality HAND TOOLS,  Spare parts for my weapons and books about setting up solar power array for my home.  My 401K thru work tells me. I have to wait until I am 60 years old before I can touch MY MONEY. Looks like I am screwed either way..
Apr 7, 2013 12:57PM
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