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Who has one? Anyone investing outside of common platforms?
Examples like bitcoin etc hidden opportunity

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Depends on the assets, who they are for and protection from what?

Note: OP originally asked about asset protection.
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Bought some OSB 3 years ago to enclose our pole barn that the boats in. $6.50 a sheet. Decided not to do it and could have sold it for a profit since the price has gone way up.

Gave it to friend instead, but I'm basically an OSB speculator now.
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I buy ammunition , it's an investment in my future !
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Small Boston Whalers. 13-17ft.

I am being seriously.
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If you have the right connections you can invest directly in start ups pre-IPO. Also private equity investments in non-listed companies. These types of investments generally are not liquid and/or require a 3-5 year lock up.

Also (again you need access) you can get into the mezzanine debt market which pays high interest and you are closer to the money in case something goes bad (higher in the capital chain).

My buddy Steve started this firm http://www.entrex.net/. Through the TIGRcub product you essentially loan money to a company at a specific rate of return and also get a piece of the profit if there is any. I have not invested but the idea sounds interesting. The exchange is for companies that are too small for a BDC to invest. It is actually a huge market when you consider all the small businesses. Anyway another example of an alternative investment.

Jeremy Grantham likes managed timber as an alternative.

You can also buy shares on other countries exchanges rather than using ADRs if there is one. Makes for some interesting times when currencies are moving.
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I am a speculator of things of a fiberglass nature...
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Pinball machines. They have skyrocketed in value since the early 2000's, especially the rare ones.
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Catamarans
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Startup local banks....with good management (usually hand selected). Then over time, they grow and get gobbled up by bigger banks. Long term investment
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I bought a motorcycle dyno and have a friend operating it. He's paying it off and will own it in the end. A little interest my way of course.
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If I see something that appears to be really undervalued I will buy it. I have made several thousand dollars on flipping cars and never lost money on any of them. I have bought less expensive things like a pair of electric downriggers that I paid $50 for the pair. One of them had a bad on-off switch so I replaced it with one I had and it worked fine. I sold them for $200/each

My father-in-law told me to buy land because they aren't making any more of it. I don't know enough about buying land so I never bought any. My father-in-law had an opportunity to buy 10+ acres of beach front property on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie back around 1980 for $20,000. At that time there was almost nothing else on the island, no businesses and I don't think a single person lived on it. He thought he would never get his money back. The island has been developed and a single lot on the water is selling for $40K- $50K. I don't know how much money he could have made but he would have gotten his $20K investment back X 100+.
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My partner's family has a bunch of investments in "shares" of art. Paintings, sculptures.
My FIL is an art collector.

Apparantly we also have some of these shares that were given to us from them. Every once in awhile we get some letter saying the painting or whatever is changing hands and we can keep our shares or sell. We haven't really needed money when the letters came so we just kept them so far.

I dont get exactly how they work, but I know they have made some serious money with them. No idea about return or initial investment.

I dont do the investment stuff, I just spend the profits.
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I use to buy penny items from Home Depot. Almost all clearance items would drop to penny status. I bought everything from garage door openers to $400 nail guns. I made thousands one year and it was estentially all profit except for gas driving to different stores. I used it all as play money.
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BTC here... up to like 700% since I bought it...really believed it was the future when it started and put some money on it...also dragged my brother into it.

I think some kind of BTC (Blockchain) WILL be the future of electronic transactions...

Have to admit that it was pure luck on my part... I believe on the technology, but it could have gone down too...
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Originally Posted by Smitty 45 View Post
I buy ammunition , it's an investment in my future !
Yep, plus guns. I have some Ak's I paid $219 for that are probably worth $650+ each now. Also started buying ammo on a regular basis years ago. A couple 1000 rounds a few times a year really adds up.

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Small Boston Whalers. 13-17ft.

I am being seriously.
Not stockpiling but I won't pass up a decent deal. Currently 1968 13', 1964 17', and 1971 21'. I'm sure I could make money on any of the three but the 21 ain't for sale.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Yep, plus guns. I have some Ak's I paid $219 for that are probably worth $650+ each now. Also started buying ammo on a regular basis years ago. A couple 1000 rounds a few times a year really adds up.



Not stockpiling but I won't pass up a decent deal. Currently 1968 13', 1964 17', and 1971 21'. I'm sure I could make money on any of the three but the 21 ain't for sale.
I have a '72 '13 in need of restoration an a Squall in pretty good condition, I will sell you.
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Originally Posted by aubv View Post
I have a '72 '13 in need of restoration an a Squall in pretty good condition, I will sell you.
I should have added that only buy motorized Whalers.

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