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Market Updates

We are pleased to introduce our new Weekly Market Update.  Rather than focus on our larger, more in-depth market reports, we have decided to concentrate on bringing you more timely commentary on a more regular basis via these refreshingly short, one page documents. As ever, you can respond to this email or call any member of the Atlas Team with questions or comments. 


Relative Value

September has started well with much of the activity from August still in evidence. Trade is well spread across numerous regions; Liv-ex commented in their most recent blog post that, the first week of September, ‘trade for Bordeaux increased, while activity for Burgundy returned to levels seen in July’.  In terms of Bordeaux, interest remains strong in the 2014 vintage, where many relative value ...

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Gaining Momentum?

Following an unusually active month of trading in what is usually a calm
month, the various Liv-ex indices have all pushed ahead [Fig 1], with
the Liv-ex 50 close to a 20% growth YTD. It is not just the Liv-ex 50 that
has moved ahead, all of the other, broader Bordeaux-based indices
have gained between 16% to 17% this year. The Liv-ex 1000 has even
reached an all time high [Fig 2].The...

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Tracking Trends

It is clear that Bordeaux dominates the fine wine market and the leading Liv-ex indices. This is due to numerous factors including a healthy volume of trade that provides liquidity and the ability to track price more easily. Outside of Bordeaux, tracking prices is a trickier exercise. Regions such as Burgundy benefit from considerable demand for leading wines, but even here price tracking is not straight-forward a...

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Out of the Foothills?

The Liv-ex 50 closed last Friday on 313.51 and is still rising beyond the monthly close [Fig 1]. Trade in August has remained buoyant and, as mentioned in my Bloomberg interview last week, the larger part of this buoyancy is due to overseas purchasing of UK-based stock. It is not surprising to see this occur given the increased purchasing power for US, Asian or Euro-based buyers. Across the summer months there has...

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First Growths at Forefront

All the main Liv-ex indices made good gains last month with the Liv-ex 50 leading the charge. This index, which is reported on a daily basis, solely focuses on the five Bordeaux First Growth (vintages 2003 to 2013—the 10 most recent, physically available vintages). It  has surged ahead this year as the graph to the right shows, which details the performance of each Château since the market low bac...

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Value up, volume down, re-focus?

Of all the Liv-ex Indices, it is those that are driven by Bordeaux that are showing the greatest gains YTD; exceeding even the Burgundy 150, which is 12.11% up YTD.
Value only tells part of the story as the volumes of Bordeaux traded on Liv-ex have declined since a peak in 2010 of over 95% to just under 75% of reported trade currently. The chart to the right shows Bordeaux’s decline (right axis) vs. al...

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