Best investments – money, money, money
Money seems to be on everyone’s mind these days, particularly investors’. With purse strings being pulled every tighter, every penny counts. There was a time when your pounds went a lot further.
How far did £100 go?
In 2012, £100 may cover a family meal, a tank of petrol, or a week’s groceries, but 60 years ago you could get far more for your money… Way back in 1952, the year of the Queen’s Coronation, £100 would have bought a decent second-hand car, or paid a significant chunk of the deposit on a new home.
What would a £100 investment be worth now?
A property – with your £100 deposit – would have cost £1,891 60 years ago and, according to the Nationwide, be worth £164,134 today; a very handsome return on your initial investment. Property has always been a shrewd investment over the last six decades, unless there is a prolonged recession. Even then it will recover, eventually. A recent Barclays Capital report, the Equity Gilt Study, revealed that a 1952 £100 investment in shares would have returned just under £108,000! A staggering amount.
Wine’s a winner
Another best investment from 1952 is wine. A £100 investment could be worth as much as £478,000 tax free in 2012! The Chateau Latour 1949 and Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945 were a good bet and £100 would have bought three cases of each vintage. Today, the Latour 1949 costs approximately £3,800 per bottle, or £45,600 per case, while the Mouton Rothschild 1945 changes hands for around £9,500 per bottle, or £114,000 per case.
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