The common investor’s approach to investing, is heavily influenced by future speculation. But, who can be certain of what will happen in the future? No one really. All investors can do, is base their predictions on past performance, using a number of variables; to try to forecast what will happen eventually. Sound confusing? This is why many investors leave all the thinking to experts and professionals, trusting that they will know what they are doing, with their investor’s hard-earned money. However, to help avoid making a poor investment or falling victim to a scam, investors can do some of their own investment research, to help them understand different trends in the market; particularly in those fields they are interested in. For example, when considering global trade patterns, it seems that the world is headed toward a global economic boom; in the very near future.
The signs are everywhere. International trade barriers are being relaxed and restructured, trillions of dollars are being invested to upgrade shipping ports and infrastructure; and the world’s population is growing at an unprecedented rate. With all these signs pointing to an increase in global trade, which will in turn create a growing need for the transportation of goods around the world, it goes without saying that shipping containers will continue to be in high demand; to accommodate the steady rise in economic growth. In fact, it has been estimated that already the worldwide container fleet has grown to 15 million TEU, with the largest percentage increases being seen in South America (up 13%) and Africa (up 20%).
As the world economy grows, so too will the investment opportunities that accompany it. Although at the moment, shipping containers are badly needed all around the globe, some industry experts believe the international demand could still increase ten-fold; by 2020. With that being said, container investment will have to play a leading role, in providing a dependable supply of shipping containers, necessary to meet the worldwide demand; and facilitate steady economic growth.