Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on November 14th, 2012
Gold has long been seen as “real money”. It is seen as a stable store of value, and today, it is seen a “must have” alternative investment for any diversified portfolio. Indeed, gold’s popularity is demonstrated by the fact that the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) has already gathered approximately US$75 billion of assets.
We believe, however, that those looking for “hard asset” alternative investments are making a mistake by limiting themselves to gold alone, and would be well served by also considering such assets as agricultural land and for…
Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on April 4th, 2012
Location : forestry
Bamboo is being hailed as a new super material, with uses ranging from textiles to construction. It also has the potential to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the biggest greenhouse gas, and provide some of the world’s poorest people with cash.
Bamboo’s image is undergoing a transformation. Some now call it “the timber of the 21st Century”.
Today you can buy a pair of bamboo socks or use it as a fully load-bearing structural beam in your house – and it is said that there are some 1,500 uses for it in between.
There is a rapi…
Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on July 18th, 2011
Location : renewables
After writing about Forestry as a good alternative a couple of months ago, I wanted to focus in on one particular branch (pardon the pun) of forestry investment – Bamboo.
Why is Bamboo Different?
Forestry is a great investment that beats inflation, has a green halo and is supported by the worlds growing demand for timber. The problem is that by its very nature, forestry is just about the most illiquid investment you can make. Investors may see interim returns when plantations are thinned, but the real profit is once the fully mature tre…
Posted By : Daniel Kiernan on April 18th, 2011
Location : forestry
Forestry investment and plantation management firm Greenwood Management has announced that it is to begin planting a new species in its Brazilian plantations, in the form of White Pine – a timber that is popular as a specialty wood for use in the furniture industry.
Greenwood’s forestry management experts have decided upon White Pine as it is an extremely durable timber, which can be processed in a timber mill up to a year after being cut down. This makes it ideal for exportation, which is a major growth area for Greenwood.