I've got my doubts here ... wine is an even more fragile and unpredictable commodity than pork bellies. Would you feel comfortable investing your retirement fund? This looks a bit like a PR placement by the London Vintner's Exchange to me.
A rather liquid investment
Internet platforms provide greater clarity for the wine investor
By Sarah Turner, MarketWatch
Last Update: 12:30 PM ET Jul 30, 2006
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- The Internet has yanked the cork out of wine as an investment class, with trading volumes bubbly and some index values up 40% to 45% in the past year or so, market professionals say.
Web-based electronic trading platforms mean investors can buy and sell wine anonymously with much the same ease as other investment assets.
The Internet has also made research into pricing and availability easier for would-be investors.
"More people are investing in wine. It's not such a niche, closed market like it used to be," said Anthony Maxwell at The London International Vintners Exchange, an electronic trading platform for fine wine, which launched in July 2000.
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