Research: Is Art AN EXCELLENT Investment?

Art has been rising as a fresh asset class for the well-diversified collection. The reported earnings are enough to capture anyone’s eyes: the index of fine art sales, used by art advisors to sell art funds, shows the average annual return of 10% over the past four decades. In short, investors are embracing art-as-an-asset-class as if it were a newly discovered van Gogh.

Research we completed lately and offered in August 2013 at the European Finance Association meeting shows traders would be wise to be wary. The comes back of fine art have been overestimated significantly, and the chance underestimated. The root reason behind the overestimation of earnings (and an accompanying underestimation of risk) is what is known as selection bias.

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People have suspected this bias in the indices used to survey comes back of some alternate asset classes for a long time, but our analysis is the first, we believe, to find a real way to account for it. The selection bias arises when returns derive from indices built on repeat sales of fairly illiquid assets that aren’t sold at random.

Many of the results based on those types of indices – including the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices – may be biased up-wards. Not only are the returns of art lower than investors think, but also the risk is higher. Our analysis, of 20,538 paintings sold between 1972 and 2010 repeatedly, found the Sharpe Ratio for art is 0.04, than the 0 rather. 24 that is found previously.

The Sharpe Ratio on U.S. 0.30. (The Sharpe Ratio is the risk-free rate of comeback – such as that of the 10-12 months U.S. Treasury relationship – subtracted from the common rate of return for a profile or asset course, divided by the typical deviation of the return on the class or profile. The choice bias in art occurs for several reasons.

Among them: Paintings that happen to be in high demand have a tendency to go to auction more frequently and sell at higher prices. People also tend to sell the paintings, which have increased in value the most since the time of purchase. A similar selection bias is most likely at the job in real estate, when, for instance, people sell houses after they have appreciated a complete great deal in value.