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Stanley Gibbons reports outperformance in rare stamps

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Stanley Gibbons reports that rare stamps have continued to show their investment and wealth preservation pedigree over the 12 months to 01 June 2016 at a time when global stock markets have struggled. The latest GB30 Rarities and GB250 indices, charting the performance of the most sought after, investment grade British stamps, increased by 0.5 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively in the period, while the FTSE 100 fell 11 per cent. 

Over the past 10 years, the GB250 index of the top 250 British investment grade stamps has risen 133 per cent and achieved a 10-year CAGR of 8.8 per cent. The GB30 Rarities Index, which charts the prices of the 30 rarest stamps of Great Britain, has risen 98.5 per cent over the same period, with a ten-year CAGR of 7.1 per cent. The value of the GB30 index has also risen for the 46th year in a row. The indices are compiled by Stanley Gibbons and listed on both the Bloomberg Professional service and Thomson Reuters.
 
The best performing stamp in the latest GB250 Index is the 1841 1d Red Brown, Plate 2, unused (SG 7) whose price rose by 13.6 per cent in the period to GBP25,000. Over a ten-year period it has increased by 354.5 per cent. Over the past ten years, the 1935 4d Deep Grey-Green, fine used (SG 445wi) has been the index’s top performer, increasing in value by 1025 per cent from GBP800 to GBP9,000.
 
In the SG30 Rarities index, the 869 6d Mauve, unused (SG 109) was the lead performer, up 7.1 per cent GBP37,500, while the best performer over a ten year period was the 1878 10s Greenish Grey, unused (SG 135), up 167 per cent from GBP60,000 to GBP160,000.
 
Managing Director of Stanley Gibbons Investments, Keith Heddle, says: “The hundreds of billions wiped off the value of global markets since the UK Referendum result is another stark reminder of the importance of holding uncorrelated investment assets. Even before the result of the vote stock markets had suffered a difficult 12 months. Taking this into account, the performances of the GB30 Rarities and GB250 indices have been impressive, demonstrating the resilience of rare stamps as an asset class. While it remains a niche area, there is a growing recognition that rare stamps, and other tangible heritage assets, provide investments that are uncorrelated to mainstream markets and create opportunities for true portfolio diversification.”

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