Self-directed Individual Retirement Account custodians and investment crowdfunding platforms are both proliferating rapidly. There is good reason: these custodians and platforms empower investors with direct control over where their money is invested.
Alternative investments often require a certain level of patience as many of these assets lack the liquidity inherent in the public markets. However, there are several benefits associated with taking a long-term approach by investing in illiquid alternatives.
The news this week that we can expect a world wine drought on the back of 2012's inclement weather would have obviously brought an initial feeling of dismay to many who like a glass or two of good plonk.