Six investments you should have made in 2012

Ever wish you could turn back the clock and take back your some of the decisions you made?
Well…Ben Hurley wrote a great article in the Australian Financial Review  in which said if you’d had a crystal ball at the beginning of 2012, these are six investments you would have made.

The owners of stallion Fastnet Rock have been rewarded handsomely for their approach to horse trading. During 2011 he “covered” 224 mares, at a fee of $132,000 earning a cool $29.6 million.

In other horse news, those who “took a leg” in the syndicate that owns gelding Sincero have also done well. Sold as a yearling for $8000, he earned $1.7 million in winnings on the track in 2012.

Chinese cooks have always done the most amazing things with pork. And in recent years as China has become wealthier, more Chinese people have had the money to regularly enjoy culinary delights. This has put upward pressure on soybean meal, which is used to feed pigs and to a lesser extent chickens but in the past year a confluence of factors sent its price through the roof. If you had taken a punt on soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade, you would be laughing.

Soybean meal peaked in August at a price 74 per cent higher than the start of the year. It has since come back but is still up about 44 per cent.

While 2012 was a bit of a flop for Australian art, strong top-end collector demand and competition for the best works crystallised into some sensational results. The year saw a new global record for a work of art. The Gulf kingdom of Qatar paid $246 million for The Card Players by Cezanne – a vast amount of money for a painting that depicts French peasants playing cards.

It’s hard to think of a more emotional investment than a classic car. But with near-zero interest rates in Europe and the United States, it seems that some people are saying ‘I might as well buy something I’m going to enjoy and invest in it’.”

As a property investor I’m sure you realise 2012 was  not been an exciting one for property investors but a few key areas outperformed. The resources boom and a shortage of houses drove Darwin prices to new highs.

The strong Australian dollar has been a heavy blow for manufacturers and exporters. But importers were the beneficiaries, in particular.

The Reject Shop resonated with the mood of thrifty, nervous consumers who are watching their budgets and its share price rose from about $10.50 at the start of the year to past $15 – a capital growth close to 50 per cent.

The strong dollar also resulted in large numbers of Australians jetting off overseas. The share price of travel booking company Webjet rose from 50¢ in January to about $3.75.

You can read more at the full article in the Australian Financial Review



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