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Room 1037, 690 Building
Drawing on an exclusive dataset of more than 106,000 items of comic art sold at auction, we build quarterly and semi-annual indices for American and European comic art. We find that this new type of alternative investment outperformed US and European equities and bonds. Between 2002 and 2017, annualized returns of US comic artworks clearly outperformed most asset classes with a solid 11% annualized return, while European comic art achieved 25% yearly returns on average in the period after 2009. We show that comic art delivers significant diversification benefits to an investment portfolio thanks to low correlations with other assets and to the geographical diversification between European and American markets. These outcomes contrast with fine art in general, which delivered few diversification benefits when compared to equities and bonds between 2002 and 2017, and whose geographical markets are closely tied to each other.
Martí Sagarra & Yulia Kasperskaya (Universitat de Barcelona)
Facultat d'Economia i Empresa