Art Investment Series

Serge Tiroche – Art Vantage

5 October 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Serge Tiroche, co-founder of Art Vantage, returns to the podcast to tell us about his new art fund. Unlike most art funds, Serge tells us how Art Vantage transformed from an art collection he acquired into an art investment fund. He also explains why it is important, in an ordinarily non-transparent industry, to display the entire collection on the fund’s website. Serge discusses the advantages of purchasing contemporary art from emerging art markets instead of traditional marketplaces. Lastly, he shares his thoughts on the state of the art market and if he has any concerns about the economy impacting it in a negative fashion.

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Asher Edelman – ArtAssure Ltd

29 March 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Asher Edelman, founder and president of the art finance firm ArtAssure Ltd, returns to the podcast to share his thoughts on the current state of the art market. First, we ask Asher about his Wall Street background and what similarities exist between that world and the art market. Then, Asher discusses to what extent ArtAssure has been able to penetrate the auction guarantee market, in particular at the lower end of the market. Also, he explains why the art market has continued to perform strongly despite suspect economic outlooks for several economies.

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Terry Huang – Motif Art Group

9 March 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast we speak with Dr Terry Huang, managing partner of Motif Art Group, an art investment group that manages several art funds. After introducing Motif’s art funds, Terry discusses how Chinese investors differ from US and European investors when it comes to participating in art funds. He then elaborates on the future of the art fund industry within China. Also, Terry speculates on the sustainability of the substantial growth of the Chinese art market as well as what fundamental changes he would like to see in the marketplace.

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Rüdiger Weng – Weng Fine Art

10 February 2012

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we speak with Rudiger Weng, CEO of Weng Fine Art, about becoming a publicly traded company with shares of Weng Fine Art trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. First, Rudy explains Weng Fine Art’s unique business model as well as his motivation for becoming a publicly trading company. Then, he shares how his peers within the art world have reacted to his decision to take Weng Fine Art public. Rudy also speculates as to whether or not other art companies in the  future will follow suit and become public companies.

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Michael Moses – Mei Moses Art Index

6 December 2011

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Professor Michael Moses returns to the podcast to analyze the most recent Contemporary auctions from a quantitative perspective. First, Michael describes the success of the sales from a financial viewpoint, including comparing the compound annual return of repeat sale artworks from the auctions to the returns that would have been achieved if the purchasers had invested instead in the S&P 500. Also, he touches on the substantial disparity between the performance of the Evening and Day sales as well as why marking to market is the single best predictor of a work at auction which has previously sold at auction. Lastly, Michael argues why short-term trading on the art market is a losing strategy.

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Javier Lumbreras – Artemundi Global Fund

13 October 2011

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, Javier Lumbreras, Founder and CEO of the art investment fund Artemundi Global Fund, returns to the podcast to update us on his art fund. In addition to a fund update, Javier discusses some significant changes in their allocation of funds to different art market segments based on the state of the art market. Then, he provides his thoughts on the extent to which the art market will be impacted by this weakening economy. Finally, Javier elaborates on the presence of substantial transaction costs within the art market and why he believes such fees will decline in the future.

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Evan Tawil – Collector

20 September 2011

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast, we talk with Evan Tawil, notable contemporary art collector and founder of a recently launched art fund management company. Evan begins by explaining his motivation to start his newly-founded company as well as some of the services it offers. Then, he describes what the current art fund landscape looks like as well as where he believes the industry is headed in the future. Also, Evan shares his thoughts on the present mood of art investors heading into the auction season. Lastly, Evan provides insightful advice for relatively new collectors seeking guidance.

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Randall Willette – Fine Art Wealth Management

17 June 2009

In this edition of the ArtTactic Podcast we talk with Randall Willette, Founder and Managing Director of Fine Art Wealth Management. Randall touches on several areas of interest most notably the art investment fund industry. He goes in-depth in his analysis of the nascent industry including dissecting the different types of strategies implemented by funds, how the economy has affected funds and speculating on the future direction of the industry.

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Angus Murray – Castlestone Management

2 June 2009

In this exclusive interview on the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Angus Murray, founder and managing principal of Castlestone Management. Murray goes into detail about his newly launched art investment fund, Collection of Modern Art. He begins by elaborating on his beliefs in art as a legitimate real asset as well as comparing its performance to other asset classes. Angus then shares with us the overall investment philosophy of the fund including what kind of artists they will invest in and the structure of the fund.

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Michael Moses – Mei Moses Art Index

27 May 2009

In part 2 of our podcast with Michael Moses, the professor thoroughly discusses asset allocation and how art has performed on a historical basis in comparison to more traditional securities. Moses also provides his opinion on art investment funds and when it would make sense for an individual to invest in one. Lastly, he addresses the idea of betting on the Mei Moses Index and what it could mean for collectors as well as auction houses in the future.

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