Investors Struggle To Find Investments That Help Meet Goals

It is not just amateur investors that have a difficult time finding investment opportunities that are dependable and profitable. Investment seekers, both experienced and affluent investors, from all over the world struggle to uncover investments that fall within their tolerance for risk, and help them meet their long-term investing goals. For most, they have a genuine concern about the poor performance of traditional investments, which includes fears that many stocks are overvalued and therefore a dangerous investment. The bond market is also troubling given their exposure to interest rate hikes and the devastating effects of inflation.

One solution for investors is to focus their attention on industries that have given a strong performance and have inspired investment in recent years. For example, Transportation and Manufacturing are two industries that have experienced notable growth since the global financial crisis crippled the world in 2008 and 2009. Within each well-performing industry, investors will discover sectors that offer them exposure to profitable marketplaces. In this case, investors who invest in containers gain exposure to the Transportation industry by way of the shipping sector.

Equally as important as the industry/sector you choose, is the geographic location of the investment offering. Using the example from above, both Transportation and Manufacturing are performing incredibly well in Asia, particularly in China, India, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Making an investment in these industries, and in these geographic areas, is likely to deliver the best, safest investment returns; given the long-term outlook for demand in the region.

Finding safe, profitable investments requires a steadfast commitment and a strong determination on the part of investors. Investment-seekers will not find them lying in plain view on the surface, for all to see. Deep investment research is the only sure way to identify the new investments, that are worthy of being added to your investing portfolio. This is the case, regardless of whether you are an amateur, experienced, or affluent investor.

Container Investing Is An Alternative To Traditional Investments

Many investors are growing tired of worrying about the poor performance of stocks and bonds in their portfolio. To relieve the pressure, a growing number are seeking alternatives to the traditional investments they hold.

At the top of the list of the most popular alternatives is investing in containers. There are three reasons for this investment’s rise in popularity.

  1. It is a hard asset.
  2. It produces income.
  3. There is a growing demand.

Hard Assets

In the event of currency devaluation or rising inflation, hard assets have proven that they can protect your portfolio against losses experienced by traditional investments. In fact, hard assets are negatively correlated to stocks and bonds; meaning that they tend to behave differently and move in the opposite direction of equities. This is because hard asset investments have a fundamental, intrinsic value. Let me explain …

In the last several years, Warren Buffett has purchased two railroad companies, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. Why did he buy these? A railroad, like shipping containers, is a hard assets that makes money by moving other hard assets. Warren Buffett invested paper money into hard assets, so that if the dollar was to drop to zero it has no effect on his investment, he still owns a railroad!

Making an investment in hard assets is more appealing and much simpler than it was years ago. In today’s marketplace there are an increasing number of alternative investment opportunities that are easier to buy into, than stock was “in the old days.” A container investment is definitely one of the easiest.

Income-Producing

People on a fixed income, like pensioners and retirees, would benefit greatly from investments that earned a steady revenue and supplemented their retirement.

The shipping containers that investors have invested in are leased to shipping and logistics companies, and generate a monthly income for transporting different types of cargo. The revenues generated from the lease of the containers provide additional income for the investor.

Over the lifetime of a container, which is 10 years or more, leasing revenues can add up to a large sum of money for investors.

Rising Demand

As the world economy continues to grow, it can be expected that the demand for shipping containers will increase as well. With countries across the globe working toward increasing their GDP, more and more containers will be needed to facilitate their growing imports and exports.

In the last couple of years, two significant projects have contributed to the long-term demand for containers. The Panama Canal expansion and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative have revived trade routes and opened the door to more capacity, that will continue to support the need to ship cargo.

Summary

The most appealing aspects of an investment in shipping containers is that there is a constantly rising demand for the income-producing hard assets. Across the world’s busy highways, railways, and seaways, shipping containers are generating wealth for countries and investors.