For art traders, buying and selling art has been a more lucrative way of making money than other investments. In fact, many have built a growing and rewarding business.
The first thing that anyone who is interested in buying art needs to decide is which role they want to play; dealer, investor, or collector. Each has its own motivation, trading strategy, and overall objective. The dealer buys what he believes will fetch the highest price in the short-term, the investor what he feels is the right painting at the right time, and the collector, simply what he likes. When it comes to buying, each of these roles comes with its own strict criteria.