The Hermès Birkin handbag is the most exclusive purse in the world—and if you can somehow get your hands on one, it turns out it's not a bad way to spend your money. A new study finds that purchasing a Birkin bag is a less risky investment than buying gold or entering the stock market.
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Researchers compared the S&P 500, gold and Birkin bags to see how their value changed over the past 35 years. The stock market had a return of a nominal average of 11.66 percent, with a real return average of 8.65 percent; gold had an average annual return of 1.9 percent, with a real return average of -1.5%. And those numbers assume that you don't buy or sell within that 35-year time period.
Birkin bags, on the other hand, increased in value by 14.2 percent over the same time period. Gold and stocks can be volatile, increasing and decreasing in value all the time, but the Birkin bag only became more and more valuable over the time period. The value really shot up in 2001, when it increased in value by 25%, but every year has shown an uptick. And in May 2016, a crocodile and diamond Birkin bag
Why is the bag so valuable? Because it's scarce. There's a years-long waiting list for a new Birkin, and that has led to a booming resale market. Fortune reports that you can get them repaired for life, which means you can pass it down to children and grandchildren—or you could just sell it on eBay for as much as six figures.
Plus, despite a sluggish economy over the last decade, the highest of the high end is doing just fine. "There is a difference between luxury and ultra-luxury,"
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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