Cornwater Fine Art Gallery - Specialist dealers to the trade and retail in original paintings and signed prints by L.S. Lowry, David Shepherd and Russell Flint.

Art in the Financial World Today

There is little surprise that the position of paintings in today's financial markets has been transformed due to the growing pressures that surround stocks and shares in the latest financial downturn globally. Art is perceived by investors as being a more secure commodity to invest in, mainly because it has stayed more or less stable in the world depression.

In a lot of instances, the value has actually increased, although maybe not as quickly as they have in the past. The public are more sharply aware of the fact that if they invest huge amounts of their savings even in what are thought to be the most secure of investments that they could risk losing it all, should the markets have a downturn.People are also cautious of buying into products such as precious metals, even though the value at the present time may be comparitively high, they understand the possibility of this commodity also losing value. However, this just illustrates the viewpoint that paintings is perceived as one of the most secure means of investing possible.Products are not susceptible to a downturn as has been seen in the financial institutions, which is why they are perceived as a solid investment. It is also useful that you do not require the services of a stockbroker and have to put your trust in them choosing the correct commodities, so there is a feel of greater control over the whole transaction than you usually would have.

This particular means of investment is not without risk, so it is wise to gain as much knowledge as possible about the various paintings that do tend to increase in value, even in the most difficult times. Just as you would not spend money on stocks and shares without examining them first, nor should you do it with art work, even if there is perhaps less of a risk attached.It should be noted that it is not only art in the form of paintings that has seen this real increase but also items such as sculptures which can often be less obvious.

Even with artworks such as sculptures, their value has grown whilst other areas of possible investment have seen a decrease, therefore we see the investors looking at commodities they had until now, not considered.The role art plays can also be illustrated in how it is perceived as a credible asset, so banks as well as investors comprehend the true value that it has throughout the world today. They see it as a realistic means to get back any bad investments and again artwork may be seen as being far more efficient than buying shares, where they may only ever recoup a smaller amount of what has been lost.

It is therefore quite obvious that the position of paintings in today's financial worlds has great value, and it is because of the fragility of the more usual trading commodities that has greatly given art a stronger prominent role. While investors at present look at it as a much more cautious means of investing it is logical to conclude that it will maintain this status for many years into the future.

David Tatham, fine picture dealer for more than quarter of a century, has an extensive knowledge of Lowry's biography. Signed, prints and drawings can be seen and purchased from the website.

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