"When Stocks Tank, Some Investors Stampede to Alpacas and Turn to Drink"
Here's a couple lines of the article...
"Peggy Parks, a 49-year-old auditor in Johnstown, Pa., turned to an unusual farm animal. "I've lost a fortune in stocks, and my 401(k) is falling through the floor. I feel comfortable in alpacas," she says. She invested $56,000 in a small herd that she believes has a better outlook than most mutual funds because of the animals' breeding potential.
The national Alpaca Registry Inc., in Lincoln, Neb., says registrations are on pace to rise 7% this year and currently stand at 140,297. Ms. Parks says a female of "medium quality" can fetch $10,000 and that prices have been rising, supporting her hopes that she'll see a profit on her alpaca portfolio in five years."
I'm interested in the idea that alpacas are seen by some as a sounder investment than stocks. I don't think I would go so far as to recommend people by alpacas as their sole investment. However, they are far cuter than most portfolios, and have a long track record of increasing the value of their herd (by reproducing).
I think it's great. I love front-page advertising.