About Oliver Lewis

I am a private investor sharing the investment information, tips and advice I have gathered, about container investing and shipping container investments.

Is Investing in Shipping Containers a Good Investment?

Like most any investor, I am constantly on the look-out for business and investment opportunities that provide a viable alternative to the boring, poorly performing traditional options I have been faced with, for years. Not to mention the volatility and increasing risk associated with stock markets and bonds. Those remind me of my Grandfather and Father sitting down each morning to scan the papers for upset. It seemed to me that they spent an unproductive amount of time looking for bad news. In my case, when I see a newspaper (online) each morning, I notice the pictures with people carrying and using iPhones/iPods and I wonder “how many of those are on their way to North America/Europe right now?” Why? Because, like a few of my friends who invest in containers, I get excited about what is happening in the consumer marketplace; particularly in the prospering parts of Asia. At the moment, the global shipping industry is growing exciting emerging markets and fueling a strong recovery in burdened economies.

For the most part, my approach to investing is much different than anyone in my immediate family. Among the few dozen members, we have the traditionalists, the penny-pinchers and the mattress investors. Oh, and don’t forget Mom’s cookie jar. In my experience investing you can achieve your financial goals just as quickly (or even quicker) with the well-established alternatives, that have earned investors confidence by consistently delivering great returns, while the traditional investments like stocks, bonds and real estate investments; have been endlessly struggling. In my opinion sitting around waiting for change in the stock or bond market is frustrating. I admire that the shipping industry is doing something to improve economic conditions in many parts of the world and I am proud to be a small part of it.

Shipping containers have been regarded as a good investment since their introduction to the world, more than half a century ago. However, because of their limited exposure to the investment community, few people knew about the alternative. This was because it was a well-guarded secret investment of elite investors and institutions, who used it to earn steady returns that could: 1) be reinvested to build wealth more quickly, and/or 2) used to protect themselves against some of the common risks associated with their traditional holdings. In fact, it was because of reason number two that the general investment community finally learned about shipping container investments in 2008, when the global financial crisis devastated markets in Europe and North America; and rippled through many parts of Asia. During this time, the affluent group of investors who had hoarded this strategy to themselves, were suddenly forced to uncover their secret and allow investors to carefully review this alternative; for themselves.

If not for the strength of China’s economy, the nation’s hunger for trade and the generous investment of Chinese investors, it is unlikely that the global economy would have improved as quickly as it has. China has managed to maintain very strong, enviable growth, particularly in the last half-a-decade, and has shared that prosperity through foreign investment in countries all over the world. Their strategic investments are carefully placed in vital sectors, like shipping port and infrastructure investments, that will continue to accommodate long-term economic growth. This growth can only be facilitated through the utilization of all the resources of the global shipping industry, from vessels to cargo containers. Understandably, this makes shipping containers a good investment.

3 Affordable Low-Risk Alternative Investments For Investors

choosing the best alternative investmentsIncreasingly, investors are turning to alternative investing to supplement the lackluster performances of fixed-income securities and other traditional investments, in their portfolio. With little or no correlation to other asset classes, alternative investments are proving to provide a great means of diversifying in a volatile investment portfolio, since they very rarely move in tandem with the stock or bond markets.

It seems that since the advent of the global financial crisis (2008), there have been an increasing number of alternative investing options that have become available to the investment community. In today’s markets, the available selection of alternatives are able to accommodate different investment goals and risk tolerance. Listed below are three low-risk alternative investments that are widely considered affordable and easily accessible. With that being said, investors should understand the common risks involved with investing and make themselves well-aware of taxes, restrictions and associated fees, before making a financial commitment to an investment offering.

REIT Index Funds: A real estate investment trust (REIT) makes money by receiving rental income from hotels, office buildings, malls and other real estate properties in their holdings. While REITs can have nicer yields than bonds, they’re also riskier.

Commodities: As a limited resource, commodities behave differently than stocks and bonds. Commodities have increasingly grown popular with investors who want to add diversification to their portfolios and take advantage of the limited supply of a tangible asset such as energy, agriculture, precious metals and investing in gemstones.

Shipping Container Investments: Considered by some to be a cross between commodities and an REIT, when investors invest in containers, they earn themselves regular income from the revenue that is generated from shipping leases. In most instances, these agreements have been established with international manufacturers and shipping companies and have a predetermined rate and term.

In the past, the most profitable alternative investment opportunities were generally limited to the institutional investors, endowments or affluent accredited investors, who enjoyed earnings of more than $200,000 annually or maintained at least $1 million in equity; excluding the value of their home. Nowadays, valuable investments like shipping containers are no longer a secret investment and have become both more affordable and available, over the last half a decade.