How to Invest - Strategies


There are numerous stories and anecdotes such as this: a collector visits a local shop and manages to buy a rare item from the shop owner for just $2 yet that item is worth magnitudes more... confirming the old adage that "knowledge is power".

The mission is to find opportunities to deploy knowledge. Knowledge is readily available and easily shared.

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An auction is an open market communal event in a fluid competitive environment. Price is a function of exposure over time.
Auctions crystallize affirmation that a tangible asset is always worth at least as much as the last underbid.
Each bid confirms the relevance value of the next highest alternative use of that resource.
Each bid becomes the precise new economic benchmark until the final winning bid.
Each underbidder in an open competitive market becomes a contributor to an unwitting collaborative effort.
The final analysis (highest winning bid) is a collective like minded consensus.

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Performance is a one-to-many relationship.

Investment Portfolio

A portfolio may be a random unstructured accumulation of diverse stamps, generally with prices of $1,000-$10,000 each, selected on its respective individual merits, rather than their relationships to each other. There may be no cohesive visible strategy other than acquisition for the sake of pure individual performance.

A typical investment portfolio may be focused entirely on a single country, a targeted continental geographic area, or a world wide selection. A high incidence of certificates will be evident. Assuming a composition of good viable decisions, the value of a successful portfolio is based on its diversity.

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The Future of Philately

The future of philately is a concept closely held by many to be in a state of perpetual motion.

The field of vision is much broader than the often articulated narrow view of a declining age related collector base. Legacy collectors are but one facet of the entire panorama. The philatelic landscape has changed dramatically from previous traditional venues. The influx of new and highly diverse interests and participation are global and more profound than they ever were.

As we recognize that our children are smarter than we ever were, and we witness that technology has brought our civilizations to thresholds we could never previously imagine, so also will philately transform itself into new and exciting entities we cannot foresee. Because, that is the nature of constant change when there is so much energy clearly evident.

If necessity is truly the mother of invention, then forward thinking visionaries will bring about change and innovation.

Dominant platforms such as eBay will induce new ways to engage in experiential transactions.

Traditional venues will become more relevant. And technology in general will provide new interactive models to exchange and share knowledge, information and resources. Collectors and investors will connect with each other and resources in more robust ways never previously possible or imagined. The future of philately is a climate in the making ripe for development.

As with any industry sensitive to organic or induced change, today's market leaders in stamps who clearly recognize approaching trends on the horizon and who have that vision to meet those challenges with fresh ideas and innovation have the most to gain. In a global market the rewards in the future of the stamp industry will prove to be exponentially greater than they ever were before in past traditional venues.