Wealthy Turn to Passions Such as Art and Wine to
Diversify Investment Portfolios But Too Often
Forget to Evaluate Loss Exposures
ACE Private Risk Services Warns Investors to Consider the Broad Range of Risks Threatening the Value and
Safety of Collections
November 16, 2010 11:52 AM Eastern Time
PHILADELPHIA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--With many affluent consumers utilizing their valuable
collections as a means of diversifying their investment portfolios, too often they do not devote adequate time and
effort to managing the risks involved with owning such prized collections, according to a white paper released today
by ACE Private Risk Services, the high-net-worth personal insurance business of the ACE Group. The paper,
“From Passion to Investment: Asset Protection Strategies for Collectors,” highlights eleven steps that affluent
consumers or their wealth managers can take to better protect their valuable collections.
“Fine art, wine, and other collections have an advantage over traditional investment vehicles because they provide
both financial and aesthetic value to their owners,” said Gary Raphael, Senior Vice President, Risk Consulting, ACE
Private Risk Services. “But they have added risks too, such as theft and physical damage from an array of hazards,
and too often collectors aren’t systematically addressing these risks. You can’t accidentally poke a hole in a
corporate bond, but it’s happened to a Picasso.”
According to the white paper, as affluent consumers expand their collections, it also becomes increasingly important
to have a system for documenting and regularly updating the insured value of their prized possessions.
“Often, the individual works are not recorded for documentation purposes, and when they are, in some cases, it’s on
an antiquated legacy spreadsheet system that fails to account for rising values,” said Gerald Escobar, President of
Asset Archives, Inc., a global collections management firm based in Atlanta, Ga. “Someone with multiple
residences—each containing valuable collections on display or on loan—may be unaware of or accidentally under-
representing the financial value of these items.”
To help affluent collectors and their wealth managers protect their valuable collections, ACE Private Risk Services’
white paper lists eleven steps, which are briefly summarized below:
1. Assemble the correct team of experts to provide advice for protecting, preserving, and insuring the collection.
2. Establish a system for tracking and valuing the collection on a regular basis.
Protect the collection from theft through investment in both perimeter and external security systems and register
it with the applicable registry.
4. Protect the collection from fire and smoke with detection systems and water sprinklers.
Choose the display location and method to guard against damage from water, sunlight, fireplace smoke, and
Make sure art in storage is well-protected from the elements, and avoid storage in attics or basements, where
heat and humidity levels can reach extremes.
Store wine in a properly constructed wine cellar; make sure any temperature control systems have a back-up
8. Use professional art shippers when putting collections in transit.
When loaning a valuable art piece or collection to a museum, make sure it has adequate safety measures and
insurance in place.
10. Develop an evacuation plan for the collection in case of a disaster.
Maintain proper insurance by keeping scheduled values current and choosing an insurance company that
specializes in serving affluent and high-net-worth clients.
To access the full white paper entitled, “From Passion to Investment: Asset Protection Strategies for Collectors,”
please click here, or use this url:
ACE Private Risk Services offers the ACE Platinum Portfolio®, an insurance program specifically designed to meet
the complex needs of affluent and high-net-worth individuals and families, and to help them avoid over- or under-
insuring their property or possessions. The program provides specialized coverage for homes, vacation properties,
automobiles, watercraft, jewelry and other valuable collections, and excess liability protection that offers the savings
of a package discount and in most cases, the convenience of one bill.
About ACE Private Risk Services
ACE Private Risk Services is the ACE Group’s high-net-worth personal insurance business, which provides
specialty coverage for homeowners, automobile, recreational marine, umbrella liability and collections insurance for
affluent individuals and families. Additional information can be found at: www.aceprivateriskservices.com.
Celebrating 25 years of insuring progress, the ACE Group is a global leader in insurance and reinsurance serving a
diverse group of clients. Headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), a component of the S&P 500 stock index, the
ACE Group conducts its business on a worldwide basis with operating subsidiaries in more than 50 countries.
Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.
ACE Private Risk Services
Carla L. Ferrara, 215-640-4744