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UK councils seek alternative investments

June 8, 2012 Comments (0)

Long term Investors are seeking out alternatives investment assets likely to deliver investment returns that share little or no correlation with the performance of money-market investments. One such area of interest of large pension fund investors is insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bonds, as UK council funds are now showing a confirmed interest in the sector. Featured Members Resource...

DGC featured on Interactive Investor

June 8, 2012 Comments (0)

A piece of land in the country is a fine aspiration for any City gentleman, but it could also prove a shrewd investment move. With the markets far from certain and inflation a concern, farmland is looking more and more appealing. This article was recently published on the interactive Investor website. Featured Members Resource Real Assets vs Equities - Download Free Report 1...

Land prices may fall, economist warns

June 8, 2012 Comments (0)

An economist who has since last year been cautioning over farmland values stepped up his warnings despite evidence of an acceleration in price rises, boosted by the revival in agricultural commodity markets. An index of farmland prices in major US farming states rose to 78.7 this month, from 75.0 in February, showing a 26th successive month of gains. Any number over 50.0 indicates price rises. The price growth, the strongest performance since December, reflected "record low interest rates and...

Forestry Investment News - March 2012

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Forestry Investment Research Note March 2012 Contents Partners message Timber company Gunns has admitted it could have lost a major investor because of social concerns New Forests Leads Purchase of 46,000 Hectare Australian Softwood Plantation Stora Enso plans billion-dollar investment in China Domestic demand shores up German growth Performance Review For 4 Timber REITs And 1 Timber ETF Partners message I hope this note reaches you well, and that you are making the most of the current...

Poor Equity Returns Drive Alternatives

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Alternative investments should be a staple part of any portofolio. Arthur Steinmetz; Chief Investment officer at OppenheimerFunds Inc. today said that the 10-year slump in equity prices has been driving appetite for alternative investments, which risk being tarnished as a fad, suitable only during periods of volatility in equity markets Speaking today at a portfolio managers’ conference organized by Bloomberg Link in New York, Steinmetz said that investors should always hold alternative...

Gold Demand High, But Not for ETFs

June 8, 2012 Comments (0)

ETF demand weak but demand for physical gold reaches record levels As investors continue to plough capital in to safe haven investments, demand for gold hit a 14-year high, yet sales of gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have plummeted, reaching the lowest level in 7 years, according to the World Gold Council (WGC). This indicates an increasing appetite for physical gold investments, where the investor takes direct ownership of tangible assets like bullion bars and gold coins. In 2011, demand...

US Farmland Values up by 25 percent in 2011

June 8, 2012 Comments (0)

Farmland investments are continuing to pay off for US investors, as asset values in the US Plains states rose by 25 per cent in the 12 months to February, with value increases driven primarily by farmers completing for the best land according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The state central bank also said that farmers are clearing debt, which should go some way to tempering those who feel that US farmland value risk entering a pricing bubble as they did in the 1980’s when farm debt...

China Doubles Domestic Forestry Investments

June 8, 2012 Comments (0)

According to the State Forestry Administration in China, the Chinese government has invested about USD $73.19 billion (461.1 billion yuan) in forestry investment assets in the last six years, with an average annual investment of 76.85 billion yuan, a substantial increase from 2005 where the annual average invested in in forestry was 41.53 billion yuan. The Chinese investments cover a broad spectrum of forestry projects, including key shelterbelt construction in northern China and along the...

Forestry Investment Research Note - February 2012

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Forestry Investment Research Note February 2012 Contents Partners message UK Pensions Lifeboat Boosts Agri-Alternatives Global demand for timber on the rise Australian Future Fund to aid US timber investment manager to purchase Australian timber assets Gunns Forestry to raise $280m, with billionaire Richard Chandler's help Vancouver forestry company to invest $200 million in vertical integration enhancement Global Forestry Joins the Forest Stewardship Council in Luxembourg Partners message...

Agriculture Investment Research Note - February 2012

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Agriculture Investment Research Note February 2012 Contents DGC Company News UK land price surge drives out funds, foreigners Denmark and Serbia embark upon joint agricultural investment programme Australia lifts wheat export hopes to fresh record World wheat stocks 'to hit record' in 2012-13 Talk of Argentina, Russia export bans lifts grains Brazil farmer turns tables by seeking land abroad DGC Company News Welcome to our monthly research note, providing investors with a broad...