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AAWE Working Paper No. 11

 

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS: THE CASE OF WINE

Lee W. Sanning, Sherrill Shaffer and Jo Marie Sharratt 

Abstract

For repeat transactions data from monthly auction hammer prices, we analyze the level and quality of Bordeaux wine returns using the Fama-French Three-Factor Model and the Capital Asset Pricing Model. Returns average up to 0.75% per month above those predicted by these models. Further, investment grade wines benefit from low exposure to market risk factors, thus offering a valuable dimension of portfolio diversification. These findings are consistent with simple theoretical considerations and support a documented growing interest in wine investments.

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