Our story


The history of physical assets stretches all the way back to the dawn of civilisation. Well before the creation of the stock market, and even before the advent of currencies, physical assets were used to store wealth. 

The oldest of physical assets were in fact livestock, a tradition that has carried on in many parts of the world to this day. Like many of the most popular alternative assets such as timepieces and whisky, livestock can appreciate in value over time as the animal grows. They can be easily traded and are universally recognised among human societies for their value. 

As time went on, and society became more complex, other goods began to be traded. At the centre of any ancient town would have been the market place, where merchants would barter and exchange assets. It was at this point that commodities like livestock would be traded for other more luxury goods. Thus items such as jewellery, beautiful shells, precious metals, spices and textiles began to be how people stored their wealth.

In time currencies were formed, at their heart they were simply tokens that represented the idea of wealth, rather than the physical item itself. The Latin word for money, “pecunia” is derived from the word “pecus” meaning cattle. However, changing dynasties, societal collapses and natural disasters could easily devalue a currency. This would mean that the majority would still store a large amount of their wealth as physical assets. A coin’s value depended on which monarch’s face sat upon it, while an amphora of wine is almost universal. 

Even now during the most recent period of human history, where unprecedented technological growth has allowed for the trading of intangible assets such as stocks and bonds, for physical assets, nothing has changed. We feel they represent a port in the storm. They are luxuries that tend to maintain their value because of their innate physicality, not due to shared cultural perceptions. 

Our Story

Being a portmanteau of the areas where our founders grew up, Hackstons is a blend of experts from a wide variety of disciplines who endeavour to acquire the very best luxury tangible assets for our clients. 

Our founders always relished in the fast pace of London, cutting their teeth in traditional finance as well as debt and equity products. However, something always felt hollow, a kind of primal desire for something else. 

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Every client they spoke to began to talk more and more about physical assets, about their desire to hold their investments, their desire to see them, their desire to enjoy them. 

As they began to immerse themselves within the world of tangible assets, they began to understand. The trio ended up building portfolios made up of: Gold, Timepieces, Wine, Art, Whisky, Land.

As our founders were comparing their tangible assets to their intangible assets, what they discovered surprised them.

The number of things you can physically own had markedly increased over the last decade...

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Art portfolios had increased in value by 71%.





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We moved into the iconic Gherkin, in the beating heart of London and on-boarded our first clients. Our founders turned their vast experience to building portfolios consisting of culturally significant tangible assets. Now, Hackstons stands at the forefront of acquisition. We have built an expert team of Account Managers and analysts. If you wish to understand more about the physical asset ecosystem, get in touch with us.

“Every object holds a story.”

Alexander Posey, Poet and Humorist

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The whisky investment industry is unregulated, and as with all investments, the value of your investment can go up and down. Please note, there are risks to consider when investing in cask whisky, you can find more information around other risks relating to whisky cask investment, as well as an outline of some of our key terms of business with you, here.