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Wine Turning into Liquid Gold for Investors
Wine is fast turning out to be a liquid gold. More and more investors are choosing wine as a form of alternative investment that could return an average profit of 10-50% per bottle.
According to a report published in The Times of India, asset management companies are advising investors to put a chunk of their money on wine. Ayesha Chenoy of Drayton Capital, a wine advisory and investment company said, “Wine is an asset class with less volatility and low correlation to other traditional asset classes such as equities and bonds. It thus provides diversification and the returns are exceptional.”
One can invest in wine either by buying physical bottles or by putting the money on wine funds. There is a minimum lock-in period for these funds and a net asset value per share is issued. At the time of exit the investor will receive the proportionate value of the net profit. The upside of investing in wine funds is that there are no storage or commission charges and on the downside, it involves a high entry fee. Meenu Kohli, director of Winteage Investments says that for investing through her fund house, one needs to invest a minimum of £5,100 (nearly 4 lakh). In fact the minimum amount for investing through funds or advisory companies is generally more than Rs 1 lakh.