Month: June 2016
Unfortunately, as CreditUpdates.com has discussed at length, too many gift-givers focus on how the cost of the gift conveys this message rather than focusing on the actual value. This is part of the reason so many consumers dread opening their credit card statements every January, as they feel it is important to spend a great deal on holiday gifts as a symbol of affection and appreciation for their loved ones.
Responsible consumers are more likely to understand that even an expensive gift will not convey the personal message most gift-givers hope to share with recipients. In fact, many will view this approach as lazy, as it only demonstrates the gift-giver’s financial wherewithal and perhaps not much else. Instead, gift-givers should focus on gifts that are unique and reflect a truly personal aspect of the relationship between the giver and the recipient.
An art enthusiast who has often mentioned a love of surrealists like Salvador Dali, for example, would likely appreciate an original painting from an art student who shares stylistic tendencies with Dali. This would be a far more cost-effective option than buying an art print signed and numbered by Dali and would surely be deeply enjoyed by the recipient due to the personal nature of the gift.
CreditUpdates.com might caution investors against this line of reasoning due to the inherent risks associated with any sizable investment in a commodity like fine art, and there is plenty of reason to agree that there are more practical investment strategies available for those with or without a strong credit history. It’s worth noting, however, that the market for fine art has seen a sudden surge in buyers recently, and sellers have been much more willing to make valuable pieces available for sale through private consignment rather than through the auction houses.
This shift in the market may ultimately reduce the volatility associated with the valuation of fine art, as many collectors have discovered that a piece that fails to sell the first time it is offered at auction has a dramatic and unnecessarily severe impact on its future value and its demand among collectors. For those with the means to invest in fine art, there are certainly a lot of positive indicators justifying such an approach. As with any investment, however, a cautious approach and a commitment to research always represents a wise strategy.