There are people that prefer to invest in things that can be touched, like houses, art, gold, etc. Is this a bad idea?
No, although this saftey net mentality should be balanced. Intellectual Property-IP is already the globally recognized NEW capital of the world, and it will soon be monetized; ONLY when credit is regulated globally, beginning in the US, Europe and the G-20, as the BRICs will soon follow. To NOT participate now in IP investing is in fact a bad idea, as it is really simple, WHEN you see a really world class idea that's an obvious game changer, like the NEW economic paradigm the "Integration of Labor(sm)" and its BRANDED with an "sm," INVEST, modestly, at first and feel your way forward. And when the institutions follow as they always do, then invest additional discretionary capital, and continue in this cautious way, until there is an mergent liquidity platform(s), as will as well soon appera, that likely return your investment to a ten and possible a hundred fold return(s).
Perfect. Well Said. Great idea!
it is all a matter of personal choice
Nothing is a bad idea if it brings a good return. The housing market will not bring much return given the financial crisis at the moment but gold and precious metals or soft commodities will.
There is only one preference the way I see it, how much will you make? That is the question.
I don't think its a bad idea. Most of my holdings produce things that you can touch but, I also think you can make good investment choices through things that are also done behind the scenes. For example, Dupont makes a lot of things that you don't realize that are part of products until they go into a finished product, and that is a real business with real value. Dupont is a world supplier of food enzimes, industrial coatings and seeds which in my opinion is where the real money is.
nope. You should invest in what you like, just do your homework first!
All is relative - depending on the economic cycle. Diversifying is not a bad idea - depending on the client needs and goals appropriate strategigies have to be considered.
It is not inherently a bad idea but anything that is not a liquid investment can become very hard to sell in a tight market. Look at how many people cannot sell their homes because the home is no longer worth what they paid for it. Also investments that can be touched are normally fairly expensive and just not suitable for the vast majority of investors. I prefer investments that are highly liquid and not touchable.
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