Are Shows Like Pawn Stars Giving People Unrealistic Prices for their Antiques and Collectables?

Pawn Stars and American Pickers have been two of the most popular shows on cable in the last five years. Since their inception they have spawned numerous offshoots of questionable quality, all helping viewers find hidden valuables and learn how to make cash. But are these shows really accurate portrayals of the antiques and collectables […]

Are Mineral Rights a Safe Investment?

Maybe you first discovered mineral rights for sale like me, on eBay. One bored day, looking at the real estate listings I found beautiful pieces of acreage available on eBay for only a few hundred dollars. I thought there had to be a catch. Upon closer examination the sales were for mineral rights. Mineral rights […]

5 Great Books to Learning Forex

I usually don’t recommend trading forex, FX, currency exchange, whatever they’re calling it these days. It can be a high risk, high reward investment strategy but, it is less regulated and less understood than conventional forms such as equities. Nevertheless, if you are interested in getting your fee wet with forex, here are five great […]

An Introduction to Investing in Collectables: Understanding Supply and Demand

Collectables, not to be confused with antiques or vintage items are by nature meant to be collected. Collectables can be described as items intended to be saved in an effort to commemorate a certain event, person or circumstance – with an assumption that they hold value above others, whether monetary or otherwise. What is the […]

An Introduction to Investing in Rare Coins

Rare coins make excellent alternative investments for the youthful investor’s portfolio. Rare coins are a type of investment based on scarcity and demand in the most simple terms. Unlike investing in stocks, coins are held in their physical form and must be kept in pristine condition to maintain their high value and often times rarity. […]

What are Alternative Investments?

I write a whole section on the various types of alternative investments, but what are they? Alternative investments are often times the types of investments that are stocks, bonds, or real estate. They can include a wide variety of investments including foreign currency, but more typically commodities and physical tangible assets. Did you know they […]

How Much Should I be Spending on my Hobbies?

Expensive hobbies can get out of hand fast, like that once in a lifetime opportunity to buy that rare collectable or antique you have been looking for for years. Even less expensive hobbies, like collecting Magic the Gathering trading cards can add up: a booster pack here, a pack there, a few decks and a […]