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Property portfolio

In times of trouble most of us prefer to hold on to whatever savings we have and spending sprees are put on hold until more secure times return.

In times of trouble most of us prefer to hold on to whatever savings we have and spending sprees are put on hold until more secure times return.

But for those who find themselves in the fortunate position of having extra cash to invest, it could well be the right time to start looking at diversifying portfolios.

Our main features this issue delve into interesting, long-term investment ideas.

Ever wanted to buy a second home? British company, Rocksure has come up with a new concept that sees investors buy into numerous luxury homes in some of the world's most appealing holiday destinations.

What's more, by investing in many high-end properties at once, shareholders appear to be spreading the risk while also having the opportunity to make money from a cash investment.

So you've purchased your property. How about buying pieces of art that promise to enhance your home...and possibly, your bank account? Our ‘Alternative Assets' feature highlights interviews with the CEO of Bonham's auction house and Dresdner Bank.

While buying artwork appears to be an emotional investment, buyers have also benefited in the long-term from investing in high-end art collections.

If the idea of diversifying your investments has ever crossed your mind, now could very well be the perfect time.

Enjoy!

Kim Latham is the editor of Arabian Property English.

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