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【BBC】Artistic investments 投资艺术品就肯定有回报?

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发表于 2018-1-4 15:09:36 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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随身英语

Artistic investments 投资艺术品就肯定有回报?

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如今,投资的种类和方式有很多,其中最流行的一种莫过于艺术品投资。幸运的买家可能会买到一个有巨大升值空间的艺术品,但幸运的人毕竟有限,那么买艺术品是成为百万富翁的最佳方式吗?艺术品投资的风险大吗?本集《随身英语》讨论艺术品投资是否一定会给你带来经济上的回报。

课文内容

Vocabulary: finance 词汇: 财经

We all have a different approach to money – some of us like to spend it as soon as we have it, even splashing the cash on extravagant things, while some of us like to hold on to it and spend it carefully. But for people who are very savvy about their cash, there are a number of interesting ways to invest it and, if things go well, make a tidy profit.

Buying stamps, wine, coins and books are all different ways of investing your money. It comes with risks but can be thrilling as, hopefully, you watch the value of your investment rise. However, you need to know what you're doing and making your fortune is not guaranteed.

If you're happy to take a gamble, then one of the most well-known ways of investing is by buying artwork. By purchasing a painting and holding on to it, its value can increase by a handsome sum, but of course it's only when you sell it do you feel the financial benefit. Some people get quite lucky, particularly when they don't expect to make any money. There are stories of people buying a painting in an antique shop for peanuts only to find out it's actually worth thousands of pounds.

Investing in art appears to be a hobby for the rich, but not always. Recently, an investor's dream came true when a picture believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci sold for £341m. He had bought it about 60 years ago in an auction for just £45 thinking it was only painted by a follower of da Vinci.

Of course this is a rare story and investing in artwork is not a guarantee to make you a millionaire. Patrick Connolly, a financial adviser at Chase de Vere, told BBC News that to invest in art as a true investment, "you need a starting fund of at least £5,000, and possibly up to £500,000, which can be used to buy individual works of art or invested in an art fund." He feels investing in art is too risky and recommends their clients not to invest in it because the downsides outweigh the upsides.

But if you're still keen, there are art fairs, such as The Affordable Art Fair, and websites aimed at buyers with a modest budget. Patrick Connolly says the best approach here is to buy something you like and can afford and "if it goes up in value, that should be just an added bonus." If this has spoilt your plans for your investment portfolio, maybe there's more chance of winning big money by buying a lottery ticket!

词汇表

splash the cash 花大笔的钱,挥霍
savvy 懂行的
invest 投资
a tidy profit 一笔可观的利润
risk 风险
fortune 财富,一大笔钱
take a gamble 赌一把,冒险做某事
a handsome sum 一笔可观的数目
financial benefit 经济效益
peanut 一小笔钱
auction 拍卖
millionaire 百万富翁
fund 资金,专款
downside 缺点,不利的一面
upside 好处,优点
modest budget 有限的预算
an added bonus 附加的收益,额外的好处
portfolio 投资组合

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. True or false? By investing in stamps, wine, coins and books, your investments my rise or fall in value.

2. If you buy a painting, what do you have to do to actually get the benefit of its financial value?

3. Was the painting by Leonardo da Vinci, bought by an art investor, actually painted by the artist?

4. According to Patrick Connolly, a financial adviser at Chase de Vere, how risky does he think it is to invest in art?

5. Which word used in the article means 'is certain that something will happen or exist'?

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. The ______ of walking in the mountains at night are high but despite that, he's gone anyway.

chance       fortune       risks       upside

2. We're putting money into a special holiday ______ and hope we will have saved enough to go away next year.

funds       fund       funding       funded                      

3. The ______ of living in a beautiful village is it is very expensive.

downside       upside       fortune       chance

4. We loved seeing the show at the theatre and meeting the actors afterwards was ______.

an adding bonus       an added bonus       a bonus addition       a added bonus

5. Because I had lost my job, we didn't have much money and we had to live on a ______.

tidy profit       financial benefit       splash the cash       modest budget

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. True or false? By investing in stamps, wine, coins and books, your investments my rise or fall in value.
True. The article says "making your fortune is not guaranteed."

2. If you buy a painting, what do you have to do to actually get the benefit of its financial value?
You have to sell it.

3. Was the painting by Leonardo da Vinci, bought by an art investor, actually painted by the artist?
Yes, it is believed to have been. But when he had bought it about 60 years ago in an auction for just £45 he thought it was only painted by a follower of da Vinci.

4. According to Patrick Connolly, a financial adviser at Chase de Vere, how risky does he think it is to invest in art?
He thinks it's too risky and recommends their clients do not invest in it.

5. Which word used in the article means 'is certain that something will happen or exist'?
guaranteed

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. The risks of walking in the mountains at night are high but despite that, he's gone anyway.

2. We're putting money into a special holiday fund and hope we will have saved enough to go away next year.

3. The downside of living in a beautiful village is it is very expensive.

4. We loved seeing the show at the theatre and meeting the actors afterwards was an added bonus.

5. Because I had lost my job, we didn't have much money and we had to live on a modest budget.

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