There's More Than Meets the Eye: Looking at Art as an Alternative Investment 公开

Levenkron, Hannah (2011)

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There's More Than Meets the Eye: Looking at Art as an Alternative Investment
By Hannah Levenkron
This paper examines prices and returns of the paintings of the world's top 500 artists. I compared
this index to other financial assets, including the S&P 500 index, ten-year government bonds,
and three-month treasury bills. I use these comparisons to observe fine art as an alternative
investment over the period 1960 - 2010. Based on the art index, I found that art realizes an
annual return of 12%, the highest of all the financial assets. It also has a high standard deviation
and low Sharpe Ratio, which indicates that art is a very risky asset. My CAPM regression results
show that art has a market beta of .79 and it correlates positively with equities, having a
correlation coefficient of 13.9%. These results show that art is not an attractive alternative
investment to stocks. I also performed autoregression analysis and found that the art index leads
the S&P 500 index and the art market has recovered quicker from the recent financial crisis than
the equity market. These results show that art might be a good predictor of the future state of the
world's economy. However, despite its high returns, art has a lot of risk, which makes it an
unappealing investment.

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction

2. Background Literature

3. The Subjectivity of Art

4. Methdology

5. Results

6. Conclusion



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