During the last couple of years the world of personal technology has been harassed by the need for smartphones and tablet computing.
I always imagined saving my hard earned cash to invest in prestigious cars and property, sustaining a way to have a better standard of living. This is what my parents did and who else was I to learn from (There was no such thing as YouTube back then)?
The world we live in today is saturated with impulse purchasing and clever marketing, however do you recall hearing two teenage girls talking about the current exchange rate or the price of crude oil? I ask these questions because in order to nurture an economy and increase disposable expenditure, the opportunists amongst us need to become more innovative and entrepreneurial.
Take investing in Art as an example.
Whether it is for recreational or commercial purposes, this has become that of an interesting discussion point more recently.
Most people, that want a change for the next generation, are sick and tired of hearing the majority of people complain that the ‘Rich get richer…. and the poor get poorer’. If this notion is treated like an attitude rather than a tragedy, we can change their way of thinking to encourage a brighter and more fruitful future for our economies.
In order to keep on purchasing the latest ipad every 6 months and drive the latest Audi, new avenues must be explored.
Purchasing on credit and earning interest from your bank account just isn’t an option for many at the moment and taking a good look at the past could reveal the secrets to a better future.
Take a leaf out of the book of a great man, Winston Churchill once commented “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies”. With that in mind would you be surprised to hear that Picasso’s ‘Garcon a la Pipe’, painted in 1905, was first sold to John Whitney in 1950 for $30K? That is an incredible profit on its own from the artist’s point of view, however that investor then went on to sell that very same painting 54 years later for a staggering $104,168,000, returning an appreciation of over 64 times the purchase value for each year.
(image courtesy of mirror.co.uk)
During the interlude of sale and purchase, these types of paintings can generate a very healthy salary for the investor by displaying them in well known galleries across the world. Seem too good to be true? Sometimes it is, but a true entrepreneur will follow their instinct.
Although capital is difficult to get hold of at the moment, the opportunities are still there and perseverance fueled by a thorough understanding of fine art could change your life forever. Reassess your goals, decide what you need to be productive rather than what you want, and make a change today.
Sources – www.funofart.com
There are many advantages to diversifying the investments of your business through international investments. Here are a few things to consider when expanding the portfolio of your business.
Diversity means less risk
If you only invest in one sector then you can find yourself in real trouble if that sector experiences losses. Having a diverse portfolio can mean investing in stocks, bonds, real estate, limited liability corporations, etc. When you are investing in more areas then if one investment has a loss there is a good chance that gains in another area will make up for the loss. At the very least the loss is minimized. This also gives investors the opportunity to play the market a bit if they are unsure what areas they want to invest the most in.
International success is possible with planning and dedication
In today’s business world we are lucky to have the opportunities presented by the vast international marketplace. Many companies have had great success by expanding their investments throughout the globe. Najib and Taha Mikati created the M1 Group after their success in international sectors such as telecommunications and construction. They felt the need to branch out into other sectors. M1 Group was the result of this desire. Now the group has a vast portfolio of investments in sectors such as entertainment, fashion, real estate, aviation, and industrial manufacturing. These investments have helped emerging economies expand. In fact some economies such as that of the United Arab Emirates are predicted to expand an outstanding 25% over the next decade. The profile of Najib Mikati indicates that he is a man that has the power to ensure that this happens through good investment choices.
Opportunities to expand
Better communication has made it possible for companies to have better opportunities for expansion. By investing internationally a company can grow its assets enough to allow for international expansion of their own firm. Purchasing real estate in an emerging business center such as Dubai, Beirut, or UAE, while prices are lower can pay off big in the end. Even if a business is not considering expanding to these locations quickly, purchasing commercial property and leasing it to other firms can help raise valuable capital that can be used to expand domestically or just increase revenue.
Research is essential
If a business wants to expand internationally it is essential that they do a lot of research before they expand. Social customs are very important when doing business with other cultures. What is seen as good etiquette in one culture may be extremely rude or off-putting when doing business with another. Language barriers can make business harder to accomplish. Those that want to expand to an international location often choose to have local employees and contacts that can help them communicate and relate better to the local people. This also shows that your company wants to invest in creating local jobs and that you respect the culture and community that you want to do business in. A business also needs to make sure that they are aware of and following all the labor, business, and tax laws that exist in their chosen area.