August 2016

Classy deal with UK Agora

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Sponsorship announced for hospitality venue.   AFC Wimbledon are bringing a touch of class to hospitality on a match day by teaming up with Fine Wine investment company UK Agora. As part of an exciting new sponsorship agreement, UK Agora will sponsor our hospitality restaurant, a venue where plenty of supporters enjoy tasty pre-match meals prepared by our new chef before every game. Commercial Director Ivor Heller said: “We’re a classy bunch at AFC Wimbledon so having a wine company sponsor our restaurant seems like the next step. With Nicholas Gibbs as a passionate and vociferous fan at the helm at UK Agora, it also makes this a good idea. We look forward to tasting some of the wine!” Nicholas Gibbs, Sales Director at UK Agora, said: “We are very excited to begin our restaurant sponsorship with the AFC Wimbledon. To collaborate with such an exciting football club is a great honour. We look forward...

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Ferraris and fine wines lure investors hit by rates rections

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By Sinead Cruise and Simon Jessop | LONDON - REUTERS Alternative investments such as a Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti, a rare blue diamond or a case of Romanee-Conti Grand Cru wine from Burgundy are going mainstream as investors grapple with ultra-low interest rates and volatile stocks. Spooked by the end of a 30-year bond bull run and bouts of money printing which have pushed stock values out of kilter with economic reality, high-profile investors are turning to fine wines, classic cars and jewels, research and index data show. Even legendary bond investor and ex-Pimco boss Bill Gross said last week he now favoured real assets like land and gold over more traditional investment classes. This growing interest saw rare coins, collectible jewellery and classic cars join fine wine among the top performers in the year to end-March, the latest Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII) showed. And fine wine saw its largest positive monthly movement...

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CITY AM: Flex Your Alternative Muscle And Buy Fine Wine

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Ophir Gertner Friday 22 July 2016 3:33pm It's hard to believe it's only been a month since the EU referendum. Around £2 trillion was wiped off the value of global markets within a fortnight, the pound has fallen to its lowest point in three decades and British politics has descended into a virtual musical chairs, transforming in the process. The investors who have benefited most since the surprise pro-Brexit vote are those who have strayed from traditional asset classes such as bonds and equities and have looked to alternatives such as fine wine. This asset class has traditionally been the preserve of the elite, but now that there are risk-managed ways for retail investors to invest in them, they’re taking advantage. Alternative investments offer three key benefits to buyers: higher return potential – they seek to outperform traditional markets by being continuously active; market protection – unlike traditional ‘buy and hold’ investments, they can profit even...

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