Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Wall Street Journal reports fine wine one of the best investments in 2018

The Wall Street Journal published an article on the 31st December stating that investors in luxury assets such as fine wine had been the market winners in 2018, seeing these investments outperform stocks and bonds. Liv-ex Director, Anthony Maxwell, commented to the author, Avantika Chilkoti, that there is an increasing demand for tangible assets as people look […]

Hints of a Chinese manufacturing recession and Brexit has investors looking for ‘Safe Havens’

Whilst trying not to sound like a broken record, the facts are that market conditions continue to be extremely challenging for investors. Hints of a Chinese manufacturing recession and Brexit has investors looking for ‘Safe Havens’ and 2018 ended up being the worst year for global stock markets since the financial crisis a decade ago. […]


Liv-ex’s end of year analysis reviews the performance of the exchange’s key bench-marks against international financial markets since 2003 and comes out on top. The key Liv-ex 100 and Liv-ex 1000 benchmarks have risen by 213.9% and 258.2% respectively compared to US equities weighing in at 143.9% over the same period, UK stocks a considerably […]

Fine wine – a safe haven in uncertain times.

We live in unpredictable times for sure and the markets are responding with blue-chip equities taking the punches. Currency markets are also feeling the stress with Sterling bumping around in a nerve-jangling way! Of course, for the lucky few, there is money to be made in volatility but there are also losses and a stable […]

Is your wine portfolio benefiting from strong regional growth?

We talk a lot about diversification when portfolio planning, whether that’s including alternative assets such as fine wine in an overall investment strategy or – when the focus is narrowed down to a fine wine portfolio – how we enhance performance and spread risk by diversifying by region and vintage. In a recent Vin-X blog, […]

DRC 2005 sells for US$1.5million breaking more records

Rare fine wine and whisky prices are breaking more records in Q4 2018. Newsfeeds about record-breaking sales of rare fine wine and Scotch whisky for six and seven figures are almost starting to feel routine and trade press have commented again on two such events at the end of November 2018. Sotheby’s has just published the […]

Top Bordeaux Off-Vintages have delivered triple digit growth since 2015

We have previously reported on the benefits of including ‘Off-Vintage’ wines in fine wine investment portfolios as they offer value and strong returns. Information just published by Liv-ex analysts endorses this view with top performing wines that have been acquired for modest sums seeing growth up to 170%. Liv-ex has looked at the Bordeaux wines […]

Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune 2018 charity wine auction raises £12.6million

Every Autumn the most famous wine auction in the world is hosted by the Hospices de Beaune raising €millions in support of important causes from international buyers. This year’s auction took place over the 18th– 20th November and the funds raised have been published at €14.2million (£12.6million), beating 2017’s record-breaking total €13.5million. The Hospices de Beaune […]