Most hard assets are considered risk-free. Truth be told, there are no stocks that are considered as such. So as an investor, my goal is always the preservation of my capital. With that being said, if you are interested in a low risk investment that preserves your investment principal, then a hard asset is likely your best bet.
In the case of hard assets, such as shipping containers, it is not unusual for a container lease to provide the leasing customer with access to more than one type of container; to accommodate their shipping needs. This arrangement tends to work well for companies that import and export goods from various continents, or that sell both solid and liquid goods. As well, this means that an investor’s shipping containers are constantly being utilized to transport a variety of goods, to a wide variety of places; and consistently earn a steady income.
So what are the benefits for container investors? Fund managers are now adding more hard assets to their portfolios, because it has proven it can potentially increase investment returns and/or reduce risk. All things considered, when you invest in containers it provides portfolio diversification, similar to the diversity in container usage mentioned above.