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Is Investing in Alternatives A Good Strategy For Investing?

Developing an effective strategy for investing requires that you establish a set of rules and procedures, that are based upon the answers to tough questions like: What are you comfortable with? What are your risk factors? How much do you have to invest? What type of return are looking for? How long of a time-frame are you willing to wait? Are you going to manage your investments yourself or through a broker? Obviously, the answers to these questions are likely to be a little different for every investor. Nevertheless, establishing a set of pre-determined rules and guidelines will give you a really good idea of the direction you are going, as well as the path you must stay on; in order to be successful.

You may want to incorporate some of the established and very popular ways to invest, such as the buy and hold strategy. In this case you purchase with a known timeline, but understand that the markets will go up and down and have a certain volatility. Obviously the ideal scenario will see markets consistently rise over time. These are mainly reserved for longer-term payouts and (often) smaller risk investments. There are also Mutual Funds and ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) where you are able to purchase small amounts of shares in several companies (and sometimes all of the companies in an index) in order to grow with the market.

Another option worth considering is nontraditional investments. In short, that means any investment that is not stocks, bonds or cash. Some of the more common alternative investments are gold, wine, coins commodities, shipping containers and/or real estate. Many of these alternative investment strategies are aimed at balancing the risk of stocks by investing in hard, tangible assets. By investing in “real assets” your money is spent purchasing real things that you can keep, store or exchange.

It has been my experience that a sound strategy for investing will include investments in a handful of alternatives. In doing so, I believe that it provides a better chance of choosing a good investment that operates within your tolerance for risk, while also creating wealth. As always, your risk management is something only you can set for yourself. I suggest that you begin by writing out a set of rules and procedures that you want to follow for all your investments. This way you can keep track of what you are investing in, why and how it falls in your portfolio, without having to constantly reassess your financial plan each time a new investment opportunity comes along.

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Shipping Industry Becomes a Popular Long-Term Investment

Since the global financial crisis caused devastation throughout the markets in 2008-2009, the international investment community has moved away from their traditional investment holdings and instead are focused intently on alternative investment strategies that, not only performed well during the GFC but, have also continued to deliver solid returns; despite economic turmoil around the world. One such industry providing appealing investment opportunities is the global container shipping industry, which is driven by international shipping industry leaders like Maersk Line, DP World and Gulftainer; to name only a few.

In order for countries to recover from the devastating effects of the financial crisis, officials know that they must consistently encourage and maintain strong economic growth. To do so, they will need the help of the international shipping industry. Because of the world’s dependence upon the timely arrival and departure of consumer goods from/to shipping ports around the world, container shipping is regarded as a long-term, low-risk investment option, that offers a number of advantages over traditional investing strategies. With more than 90 percent of the world’s cargo being transported by the container shipping industry, investors are beginning to recognize that this secret investment offers them much more security and growth potential, especially when compared to offerings like stocks, bonds or real estate.

From ultra-large shipping vessels carrying more cargo containers, to upgraded ports and container terminals, improvements have been made to increase efficiency and accommodate growth in developed and emerging countries; all over the world. These investments, like the Panama Canal expansion project, are long-term strategies that will ensure prosperity and profitability for decades to come. Thus, when investors are seeking-out alternative investing strategies that show real promise for the future, options like shipping container investments are proving they can perform much better (and for much longer) than the most popular traditional investing strategies.