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Devalued markets are sending investors in search of alternatives for their money: from fine wines to antique furniture, gold to real estate.

From stock tables to Shaker chairs

Devalued markets are sending investors in search of alternatives for their money: from fine wines to antique furniture, art to stamps. But such investments are fraught with risk, experts warn

Diamond broker Colin Ferguson has a hard time finding the words to describe his prize possession, a brilliant and intense purplish-pink, two-carat, round gem that he recently purchased by tender at an invitation-only auction in Geneva.

Tight rental market helps spur condo plays

The industry estimates that one in three new condo units is bought by an investor

When Jacob Katsman decided to cash in on Toronto's current condominium boom, he aimed high — penthouse high.

Art dealers paint a bullish picture

The boom in fine art is being driven this time by astute investors seeking high-quality work from proven names

Though the high-tech bubble has burst, there is still a bull market in fine art thanks to successful dot-com investors and entrepreneurs who are now looking for action in galleries and auction houses, according to art dealer David Heffel.

What a piece of history's wort

There can be good profit in buying and selling all kinds of old objects. But don't confuse age with value, pros warn

For sure, people who think they can make money from buying and selling old objects are taking risks, the experts say.

Insurance that glitters

With gold prices up as stock markets fall, the metal's popularity grows

Talk about your gold bug. Joseph Martin, a Vancouver-based investment conference organizer, is promoting what he says will be the biggest gold show in North America since the Bre-X debacle.

Catch the tax breaks when you sell off tangible assets

by Kevin Marron

When you sell off tangible assets, you can catch a break from the tax collector, who won't touch profits unless you make more than $1,000.

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