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Timberland an Alternative Investment Option

Timberland an Alternative Investment Option | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
Gold is at an all time high and is a highly sought after investment option. Its value has remained through the instability of stock market fluctuations.
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Infosylva Presents Global Developments in Forestry - IISD Reporting Services

Infosylva Presents Global Developments in Forestry - IISD Reporting Services | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
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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Logging the good news

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INDONESIA’S president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is not known as a conviction politician. Rather, his leadership has been characterised by compromise. On the...
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Reconnecting with nature has environmental and mental health benefits

Reconnecting with nature has environmental and mental health benefits | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee at The Guardian writes about the deeper human issue at risk in our ongoing environmental crises - a disconnection from the ecosystem.

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Stakeholders urge government to review forestry policy and regulations - IPPmedia

Stakeholders urge government to review forestry policy and regulations - IPPmedia | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
IPPmedia Stakeholders urge government to review forestry policy and regulations IPPmedia Envirocare Project manager, Abdallah Mkindi said, “The government should review its forest policy and regulations because they affect poor people while the...
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Inflation Hedges That Pay Today

Inflation Hedges That Pay Today | Forest DSS | Scoop.it

...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.

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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.


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NCREIF TIMBERLAND INDEX RELEASED FOR 1Q2013

NCREIF TIMBERLAND INDEX RELEASED FOR 1Q2013 | Forest DSS | Scoop.it

The NCREIF Timberland Index was released today and results are: Total 1.53%, Income 0.85%, and Appreciation 0.68%.


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Roger Lord's comment, May 2, 2013 4:45 PM
I have thought the same thing, Sam - an index of a hypothetical property with a given age class distribution, site quality, etc. Maybe "young" and "mature" variants. Driven by a consultant, in which case it should be recalculated quarterly if not monthly and sold on a subscription basis!
Jack D Bridges's comment, May 2, 2013 4:49 PM
Well, your services would be a worthwhile expenditure for any buy-side portfolio, Sam. I should have differentiated between specialists such as P&C, and generalists, like Cambridge Associates, etc. It amazes me how the criteria of "filtering" consultants dictate how trillions of dollars are invested--and the returns, even after supposedly exhaustive due diligence, are pretty poor over time.
Jack D Bridges's comment, May 2, 2013 4:54 PM
Well, Roger & Sam, when you guys launch such an index or service, let me know...Roger, maybe the Soc. of American Foresters would sanction someone to manage an index like that?
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Boosting the role of forests in economic development - IUCN Portals

Boosting the role of forests in economic development - IUCN Portals | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
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 ...
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Forests, farms, and food - Redwood Times

Forests, farms, and food - Redwood Times | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
Forests, farms, and food
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Living as we do in one of the most beautifully forested areas of the world makes us much more conscious of the value of trees to a healthy planet.
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Study Finds Forest Growth Dictated By Bedrock, Not Just Climate - Wyoming Public Media

Study Finds Forest Growth Dictated By Bedrock, Not Just Climate - Wyoming Public Media | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
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...
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You really, really, really ought to spend more time in nature

You really, really, really ought to spend more time in nature | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
We already knew that greenery boosts mental health. But new research suggests the effects might last for years

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Europe's Green-Fuel Search Turns to America's Forests

Europe's Green-Fuel Search Turns to America's Forests | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
Amid a European push to reduce fossil-fuel use and carbon-dioxide emissions, some coal-burning power plants are switching to wood and importing the resource from the U.S.
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5 Reasons Forestry Investments Suit the Current Economic Climate ...

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.
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Brookfield closes second Brazilian timber fund at $270m

Brookfield closes second Brazilian timber fund at $270m | Forest DSS | Scoop.it

Brookfield Asset Management’s second Brazilian timber fund has hit its $270m target after raising $150m in five months, AltAssets has learned.


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New Trees on the Block | American Forests

New Trees on the Block | American Forests | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
More than 40 new trees were declared the biggest of their species today with the release of American Forests’ National Register of Big Trees.

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Can Consumer Goods Companies Achieve Zero Deforestation by 2020? | Human Nature - Conservation International Blog

Can Consumer Goods Companies Achieve Zero Deforestation by 2020? | Human Nature - Conservation International Blog | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
Linking deforestation and agricultural sourcing is an important first step.

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Podcast: Bob Izlar on the UGA 2013 Timber Investment Conference

Podcast: Bob Izlar on the UGA 2013 Timber Investment Conference | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
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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Non-Profit Group Wants to Clone Old Trees to Repopulate Forests

Non-Profit Group Wants to Clone Old Trees to Repopulate Forests | Forest DSS | Scoop.it
They've already done it with frogs and sheep, so what's to stop them from doing the same thing with trees?
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