For many investors, the thought of making an investment in the stock market brings about feelings of apprehension and uncertainty. This is a result of stocks’ repeated poor performance and associated risks. In the current, tough investment climate, even bonds with attractive yields are increasingly being regarded as undesirable and risky.
To deter the adverse effects of the rising costs of inflation and political turmoil, worried investors are seeking nontraditional opportunities in established and prospering industries. These investments have consistently proven to be less risky and pose very little threat to investment principle, particularly when compared to traditional investing strategies that include stocks, bonds, currency and even real estate investments.
One such industry that has created viable alternatives for confused investors, is the global shipping industry. In this instance, a popular investment option is to invest in containers. Under these circumstances, investors purchase shipping containers that are then leased to international shipping clients. The long-term container leases provide monthly revenue for the container owner.
With the expansion of the Panama Canal near completion and expected to be fully operational in early 2015, the need for shipping containers to accommodate the growing requirements of larger shipping vessels is increasing steadily. This advantage adds to the list of the benefits of container investing and further highlights the need for enormous private investment to meet the rising global demands of the international container shipping industry.