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Surprising Investments that have Brought Great and Terrible Returns

Guess which of these 10 offbeat investments have brought in better returns than (yawn) the Dow—and which have flopped.

Any dope can get a solid return from a 401(k), but some investors would rather park their cash in exotic vehicles that they can brag about over cocktails. There are risks to the sexy approach—drop your vintage Macallan and you’ll be crying over a lot more than spilled scotch—but it’s also fun to say you’ve got a closetful of sneakers that have quadrupled in value. Here’s how a few offbeat investments have floated (or foundered).
Bottle of 60-year-old 1926 Macallan

1996 value: $26,200

2006 value: $66,500

gain/loss: +153.8%

risk analysis: Scotch is a much less volatile product than other perishables, like wine. But once you decide to bust it open, drink it fast. It oxidizes quickly.
Photo: Courtesy of Macallan
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