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- AopDex (Art Objects, Paintings & Derivatives Exchange) is our latest tech venture that provides consumer an online parallel derivative market to either invest in well-known artworks, to hedge existing art investments or simply to short an artist's over-priced valuation.
Everybody who has the minimum amount of money of a few thousand dollars to open an account will be able to express and opinion and take a long or short position of a well-known artist's artworks. The valuation of those high-priced artworks will for the first time be decided by the market which is composed of millions of small investors and billionaires alike, rather than by simply a small club of a handful of multi-millionaires or billionaires.
The initial batch of contracts are 3, 5 and 10 year forward contracts on selective artists' artworks and art market indices. Among their many advantages, the one that is particularly of most interest to many art market professionals is the ability to sell short.
We are doing this to disrupt a booming art market and to convert art collection to a mature financial investment market place and hence artworks could be treated as a more prudent investment asset class rather than simply a punter's market composed of only a small club of wealthy individuals.as of now.
With the new abilities to hedge, institutional investors such as insurance companies and pension funds will for the first time be able to invest in art market while fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities.
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