Fine wine merchants expect prices to run flat in 2020 – survey results

By February 11, 2020Fine Wine Market

Chart showing merchant predictions for the closing level of the Liv-ex 100 index

Liv-ex members represent the largest pool of professional fine wine traders in the world and are estimated to account for 90% of fine wine turnover globally. There are currently 475 members of Liv-ex across 44 different countries that range from start-ups to centuries old, established merchants.

Each year, we ask our members for their thoughts and predictions on the year ahead in the form of a short survey. As part of the survey, we ask them to predict the closing level of the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index for December that year.

This year, Liv-ex members are expecting the fine wine market to run flat in 2020. On average, respondents predicted that the industry benchmark, Liv-ex 100 index, would increase by 0.7% to close at 304.77. The median response was slightly lower at 303.00, representing a 0.1% rise.

53% of those surveyed predicted that the index will rise. 45% think it will fall and 2% expect it to close on the exact level it did on 31st December 2019. The most optimistic respondent expects gains of 31.5%; the most pessimistic predicts a drop of 20%.

In 2019, members overestimated price rises for the year. Their average prediction was for gains of 5.47%, while in reality the index fell 3.04%.

Stay tuned, Liv-ex will be publishing additional findings from the survey in the coming weeks, along with a special report on the future of fine wine trading. To reserve your copy of the report, click here.

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