The recent banking crisis in Cyprus continues to unfold and many are still suffering and the aftermath is expected to linger for many years to come. When it first began there were a number of images of the fallout that were broadcast world-wide that will certainly leave a lasting impression on anyone who saw them. One being the distraught citizens who lost their life savings and another was the long lines of people lining up to withdraw whatever money they could from the banks. A third picture showed five shipping containers from Frankfurt filled with billions of euros being delivered to Cyprus in order to prevent the central bank from running out of money.
Imagine all that money inside a single shipping container. The fact is there is money in shipping containers all around the world. Money to be made, that is, for investor/owners. For a long time, ever since they were first invented in the 1950’s, there has been good money to be made in shipping containers. The sector has seen double-digit growth every decade since and industry experts believe the world-wide demand for containers could double by the year 2020 and others believe it could double again by 2030. These forecasts are based on the expected projected growth of the burgeoning global economy fueled by many huge emerging markets in the world such as China, India, Brazil, and Russia, as well as Africa.
Although demand for containers was sluggish at the start of the global financial crisis that began back in 2008, demand has been steadily growing the last few years, increasing overall about the same rate as the global economy. Shipping containers make good investments because they are alternative investments and are not affected by inflation like traditional options – such as stocks and bonds, are. They are a relatively simple investment to make, giving investors opportunities to benefit from better-than-average returns for little associated risk. In the last five years, many global investors have taken advantage and investing in containers has become quite a popular option for investors looking to grow their money in the future.
It is wise to conduct some proper investment research to find a reputable container leasing and logistics firm that will manage the container investment from start to finish. Once all the details are understood and the investment is made, the shipping container will be immediately sent off to join a fleet of others to deliver the ever-growing global consumer demand. Then the investor/owner just has to sit back, relax and let their investment do all the work, while they enjoy long-term investment returns month after month; and year after year. Shipping containers are investments that simply work. Literally.