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Alternative investments: the case of wine

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  • Sanning, Lee W.
  • Shaffer, Sherrill L.
  • Sharratt, Jo Marie

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For repeat transactions data from monthly auction hammer prices, we analyze the level and quality of Bordeaux wine returns using the Fama-French Three-Factor Model and the Capital Asset Pricing Model. Returns average up to 0.75% per month above those predicted by these models. Further, investment grade wines benefit from low exposure to market risk factors, thus offering a valuable dimension of portfolio diversification. These findings are consistent with simple theoretical considerations and support a documented growing interest in wine investments.

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Paper provided by American Association of Wine Economists in its series Working Papers with number 37322.

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Keywords: wine investments; wine market; Bordeaux wines; wine prices; Demand and Price Analysis; Financial Economics;

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Cited by:
  1. Baldi, Lucia & Vandone, Daniela & Peri, Massimo, 2010. "Is Wine a Financial Parachute?," 2010 Internatonal European Forum, February 8-12, 2010, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 100506, International European Forum on Innovation and System Dynamics in Food Networks.
  2. Ormos, Mihály & Erdős, Péter, 2011. "Borok mint alternatív befektetési lehetőségek
    [Wines as an alternative investment]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(2), pages 158-172.

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