considerations before first investment

Important Considerations Before Making Your First Investment

It is easy for new investors to underestimate the difficulty in choosing profitable investments. Often they discount the education and insight that is needed to develop and maintain an investment portfolio that performs well in a majority of economic climates.

Looking back, if I could have given my younger investor-self some valuable advice about making my first investments, it would be this:

  1. Learn From The Experiences of Others.
  2. Seek-out Consistent Performers, Not Top Performers.
  3. Introduce International Markets Early.

The Experiences of Others.

Before building an investment portfolio, investment-seekers new to the market would be wise to seek the advice of much more knowledgeable investors who are eager to share their investing experience. Being able to trust the information you are being given is paramount to your success, particularly when taking your first investing steps.

The only source of knowledge is experience. – Albert Einstein

Believe me, someone who has participating in the volatile markets of the last decade can share a wealth of information with new investors, that will set a positive foundation for investing behavior; and avoid costly “rookie mistakes.”

Consistent Performers.

While most investors will be on the look-out for top performers, focus your energy on opportunities that have been consistent performers. These are alternatives that have been profitable despite the economic turmoil all over the world.

Trust is built with consistency. – Lincoln Chafee

Although the rate of return may not be as high with consistent performers, the track record shows that they are likely to be a lower risk.

International Markets.

Carefully consider investing opportunities in international markets. This approach offers diversification that can profit from global trade and economic growth.

Diversification and globalization are the keys to the future. – Fujio Mitarai

Slowed economic growth in one area can be off-set by increasing growth in other regions. Investors who invest in shipping containers are an example of people profiting from this approach.

Final Thoughts.

New investors should be cautious, but not scared, about making their first investment. I have learned that fear can be alleviated through asking questions and finding answers.

Don’t expect that the best information you receive will be from friends and family. Look to well-established publications (on and offline) to satisfy your thirst for answers. Be relentless in your research.

3 ways maersk line impressed international community in 2014-2015

3 Things Maersk Line Has Done To Amaze Us In 2014-2015

When you are an industry leader, as well as the biggest container shipping company in the world, people expect big things from you; whether it be big innovations, big improvements and/or big profits.

In the last couple of years Maersk Line has proven that the international container shipping – contrary to some critics’ opinion, is progressing, profitable and prospering. It has set the global example for other shipping lines by consistently making improvements and investments to increase the value of its contributions to the industry’s progression and constant evolution.

1. Delivered on Environmental Commitments.

One of the newest challenges facing the international shipping industry is legislation and regulations aimed at reducing the carbon dioxide output of the world’s cargo vessels. For shipping companies, the commitment is costly.

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Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. – Vince Lombardi

Setting the example and leading the industry, the container shipping division of A.P. Moller Maersk has taken their environmental responsibilities seriously and made investments that reduced their CO2 output by 12 percent in 2014.

2. Delivered on Growth & Expansion.

Given that freight rates have proven to be very volatile, Maersk Line has positioned itself to be more efficient, by cutting operating costs per TEU. This has been accomplished through the investment of its Triple E fleet.

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Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s almost always due to personal growth. – John C. Maxwell

But, the container shipping giant has not stopped there. In 2015, the company announced the purchase of Ten 20,000 TEU cargo ships to be added to its existing fleet of post-panamax vessels.

3. Delivered Big Profits Despite Obstacles & Challenges.

Despite over-capacity issues and falling cargo rates challenging the industry, it has taken strategic investment and industry-leading insight to deliver profits in the markets’ most adverse conditions.

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The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them. – Woodrow Wilson

Addressing these challenges is something that Maersk Line has done very well. Whether it be attributed to their Triple E’s economies of scale or operational efficiency, in the last year Maersk Line has achieved a profit increase of 55 percent and recorded the company’s best ever Quarterly results.

Creating & Preserving a Prosperous Economic Environment.

The last half-a-decade has tested the perseverance of the world’s leading container shipping lines. Some have made operational alliances – like Maersk Line’s 2M partnership with the Mediterranean Shipping Company, while others have made strategic investments and mergers.

Regardless of the approach to adverse marketing conditions, their contributions have helped to create and preserve a prosperous economic environment that supports Maersk’s forecast for container demand and highlights the need for ongoing container leasing investment.