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Predicting diamond performance

by Asher, Elizabeth Anne

Abstract

In these uncertain economic times, investors are looking for assets that can hedge against risk in other investments. Diamonds are a safe investment and there is a diamond for every investor. To date, very few studies offer information about diamond pricing or diamond pricing analysis. This paper examines whether specific diamond characteristics outperform or underperform the average diamond for a given investment period. The data examined here include prices for two months of the year for 24 years. Using a random effects generalized least squares model, this paper finds that for a ten year investment period, large round diamonds with low colors and clarities perform very well, while high quality 1.00 carat diamonds perform poorly over a ten year investment window. The Study’s results inform current, and future diamond investor’s decisions.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:7925
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
83 pages : illustrations (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Lybecker, Kristina
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2013