Infosylva Presents Global Developments in Forestry IISD Reporting Services FAO 15 February 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the third edition of Infosylva for 2014, highlighting the launch of a new forestry...
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...a great antidote to deflation is current income: so investing in real assets that also provide yield is a double-purpose move.
There aren’t so many, but there are some. Timber is a favorite of Harvard, and, when you think about it, its easy to understand why. It’s fully renewable, generates annual income, and has solid fundamental support: as the world’s middle classes grow, its use in homebuilding does too.
But maybe the most interesting thing about trees is the way you can “store on the stump.” Instead of selling in a bad year, when the market down, you can just defer the harvest and let them get bigger. With commercial real estate, a year of lost income is lost forever; not so with timber.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: these all sound great, but how do I invest in them? Well, first, here’s how not to: ETFs. There are all sorts of “timber” or “agriculture” ETFs but they invest in public companies that own these sorts of assets, not the assets themselves. That is a huge difference. Investing in companies means investing in management teams, not assets; and it also means riding the general ups and downs of the market, which is definitely not the point.
Instead, you’ll probably have to go to less liquid formats to get the benefits of these inflation busters. Direct ownership, of course, works just fine. But traditional privately placed partnerships can be very attractive, since you probably want an expert to select and manage the investments for you (certainly you do with art), and you usually want diversification that pooled investment delivers.
By Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of IUCN's Nature-Based Solutions Group. I'm writing this in Istanbul where I have been attending the 10th United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), a meeting held every two years to ...
Study Finds Forest Growth Dictated By Bedrock, Not Just Climate Wyoming Public Media “Some of the world's most productive forests … are growing right next door to huge expanses of exposed bedrock that are so large they can actually be seen from...
1. Forestry Investment Profits Are Not market Dependent The majority of returns achieved from forestry investments are widely attributed to the biological growth of the tree into valuable timber assets at harvest.
The University of Georgia's Center for Forest Business recently held another successful Timberland Investment Conference. Bob Izlar, the director of the Center, talked about who attended and where they came from, along ...
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