How To Make Money With Eleven Strange Investments

If you listen to the typical Wall Streeter, they’d likely advise complex stock picks and following market trends, good advice, but we’re aiming for something “outside the box”. There are ways to make money that most brokers will not have thought of, or if they have, they’re keeping it to themselves.

These are investment that most would not immediately think of, like fine wine and lean hogs. And while they may not be sitting on the forefront of your mind, some savvy investors have yieled over 450% in a single year, talk about an over performer.

Curious what they might be? Take a stroll through the following article and see if any of these wet your appetite.

Fine Wine

In general, wine has not been a great investment in recent times, actually more a losing proposition. However, there is one wine which has outperformed even the most enthusiastic lover of the grape.

If the idea of 20% returns pique your interest, then look no further than Chateau Pavie, hailing from the Bordeaux region of France. The years 2004, 2001, 1999 have particularly favored with returns of 14.3% and over a three-year period, returns of 24.1%.

Another high performer was 1982 Chateau Latour coming in a tad over 10% according to Bloomberg magazine.

Classic Cars

When you think of the Grand Prix, what comes to mind? Fast cars, sexy women, big brands and spending millions on a car. Well, that may be true, but a classic Grand Prix car can also be an excellent investment. If you own a classic car or are part of a group investment, numbers say you’d be a winner with a three year return of 21% and in case your focused on more immediate one year retuns you’d be looking at 40.7%. Now these aren’t your everyday cars and you’d need to be intimately involved in the industry or have an advisor who is. If you do, then this could be the perfect spot to park some of your funds.

FACTOID: Take a look back to 1954 and Mercedes Benz. They had a winner that year with the W196. Assuming the car is in good condition and you held it to today, well at auction you’d have seen $29.5 The new owner wished to remain anonymous. In the same vein, Ferrari had a classic 1967 GTB NART Spyder that clocked in at $27.5 million. That gives new meaning to zero to sixty, in this case it’s in your bank account.

Fine Art

It’s not going to be easy to pick a piece of art that has the potential to skyrocket in price, but if you do, you just might be golden. In general, investing in art is highly speculative and overall returns have been lack luster, but there have been exceptions.
For instance the art of Marcel Duchamp, a French American artist had a one-year return of 465% and a three-year annualized return of 93.8%, this according to Bloomberg.

And just to prove the above artist is not a fluke, let’s look at the appreciation of the art of Vasudeo Gaitonde which has seen an annualized return of 198.1% over one year and an 83% return over three. They say that art is in the eyes of the beholder, but in this case, this might be called the art of investing. His art has been particularly popular in the Indian market with one painting selling at auction for $3.8 million.

Another art record holder is Jackson Pollock, pioneer of the drip style which has a love/hate reputation in the marketplace. In this case love triumphed when one of his paintings sold for a record $58.3 million. No wonder Mona Lisa has such an enigmatic smile. Mr. Pollock’s painting have yielded investors 320% over one year, and an three-year return of 57.5%

Rare Coins

If you own rare coins, it’s likely you know a bit about the industry and how to spot a coin of exceeding high value or potential for increase. Generally speaking rare coins have shown around 13.2% in three years and 10.1% in one year, but there are the few that have exceeded even the most optismic projections.

Those coins are going to be truly rare and historic, usually reaching back into the 15 and 16 hundreds. Even then, the retuns while way above traditional investments, are non in themselves spectacular. One 1559 British coin yielded 27.3% and three-year annualized return of 26%.

Lean Hogs

A man has to eat right? And because of that and the fact that commodity brokers as well as those who raise hog for slughter like to speculate (or lock in projits), the price of lean hogs, particularly in the United States has shown spectacular gains of 56.3% in one year and 11.5% over three.

Soybean meal

Not everything in agriculture is centered around meat, there are those among us who like to think healthy while still being a prudent investor. Hat is certainly the case with soybeans which outperformed cattle, rice and lumber with returns of 18.5%.


We all have a lot of stuff, some of it valuable, some of it just clutter, but we need somewhere to put it, at least temporarily, but where? Enter the world of self-storage, available in both large cities and small towns this can be an excellent investment. Here we’re combining real estate with a convenience and the retuns show annualized return of 21.2% and a one-year return of 16%. Like any investment, you have to choose where and when to stake your claim. You might actually own a small facility in hundreds of America’s small towns or own a stake in some of the large conglomerates like:

Space Storage Inc., that leads the pack with increases of 36.7% over a three year period.

Sovran Self Storage, comes in second but still a very nice retun at 27.2%
and finally CubeSmart who might be number thdree, but still did the market proud at 21.3%

Vintage Stamps

Of course we’re not speaking of the stampos you can easily buy at your local post office, these are stamps owned and treasured by stamp enthusiasts. Vintage stams overall have returned around 2.6% yearly and 5.4 over three, but if you’ve been investing in these little treasures regularly and happened to grab some of the rare ones from the 1800’s you’ve likely been smiling with returns that have quadrupled. One 1867 pale straw stamps so annulized returns of 26% and another from 1830 saw 23.7%.

The idea in investing is to keep an eye out for objects or trends that have the potential for appreciation over time. It’s never a good idea to put all of your investment eggs in one basket, that’s simply common sense. Spread your risk, but don’t be afraid to take a calculated risk when the time is right.