Interviews, Books, and Testimonials Offer Investment Insight

As private investors, we do not have access to the insightful information that institutional investors do. So, when we look for new investments to add to our investment portfolio, we must conduct our own research to make good, educated investing decisions. For myself, this includes watching interviews, reading published books and memoirs, as well as perusing investor testimonials and reviews.

Taking the time to watch or read an interview done with a world renown investor, like Warren Buffet for example, can deliver valuable insight, that was collected from years of investing experience. I am in favor of interviews because of the freedom each participant has to engage in a deep, detailed conversation. This intimate environment makes the exchange of information easier to communicate and easier to receive; thus, much more valuable.

The trouble I see with interviews is that they are short, often only a few minutes. Thus, there is not always a great deal to process and apply to your investment portfolio. On the other hand, published books and memoirs offer several chapters of first-hand accounts and experiences. These valuable resources can be used to learn and apply tried and proven strategies for successful investing. This is because they are offered as a personal perspective and interpretation.

Reading an investor’s review can provide more detailed information about a specific investment opportunity. In most instances, the information found in communities, forums, and blog comments is shared by people with different motives. Therefore the “lessons learned” should be subject to intense scrutiny. To be valuable, it is important that the moderator allow the audience’s comments to encourage constructive debate and not mislead visitors with fake news or a fake review.

Every investor will have their own approach to researching investment opportunities and building their investment portfolio. The resources I recommended have given me the confidence I needed to make intelligent investing decisions. I invite you to include parts of my research strategy into parts of your own.

Use Past, Present And Future To Build An Investing Portfolio

When building an investment portfolio it is important to use credible information from the past, present, and the future, to influence your investing strategy and help you choose your holdings. Learn from other investors’ mistakes, take note of what is currently working well for the investment community, and research what industries will be thriving in the future. Doing so will provide an educated outlook on investment options, and bring about profitable opportunities for investing.

Looking at the past performance of markets, industries, and businesses provides valuable, historic information from which to base a decision to invest upon. Investors can use this data to identify investments that have proven in the past that they can perform in volatile and uncertain markets. These well-established assets are often relied upon to provide the foundation for a well thought-out and well-constructed portfolio.

With new businesses being built and IPOs being introduced every day, investors are finding that a wide variety of investing options are emerging around the world. Across many industries and regions, innovation is presently fueling opportunities for investment and economic growth. Using research and investor reviews, investment-seekers are uncovering companies and organizations that are performing as well, or better than more-established businesses.

Corporate giants from the past and industry leaders from the present can offer viable investment opportunities, if they offer investors good returns and positive prospects for the future. In many instances, investors choose income-generating investments that will supplement income earned from other holdings in their investment portfolio. Not to be undervalued or underappreciated, these assets play an important role in a savvy investor’s long-term investing strategy.

Albeit the pool of historic, current, and forecast information is deep, investors must wade through vast online and offline resources and collect data that supports a decision to invest. If an investment opportunity demonstrates it has performed well for investors in the past, is still currently performing well, and shows potential for strong growth in the future, investors should consider adding it to their portfolio. This is particularly true if it meets their tolerance for risk and market volatility.

Container Investments Deliver Stability, Consistent Returns

Since the Global Financial Crisis, shipping containers have become one of the world’s leading hard asset investments. Although investing in gold has been the most popular for centuries, the volatility and uncertainty in the last few years make it a risky investment. For investors who don’t have the stomach for the ups and downs of gold, stocks, and bonds, shipping container investing has proven it can deliver consistent returns regardless of the performance of traditional markets.

As with any asset, shipping containers’ value is determined by demand. When there is a rise in demand for gold, the value rises. Because of their important role in world trade, shipping containers have experienced an increase in demand year-on-year, equal or greater than the rate of global economic growth. Thanks to the steady, worldwide demand for shipping containers, they are a great way for investors to preserve their investment capital and earn regular returns to supplement their income.

The lifespan of a cargo container is in excess of ten years. This provides more than a decade of investment income and security for an investor with a long-term investing strategy. Although it is true that gold has an infinite lifetime, the value of the precious metal is subject to regular change, as well as losses from inflation and the rising costs of living. This means that the money you invest in gold is not likely to have the same value when your investment comes to an end.

Making an investment in gold is sometimes difficult for private investors. Many are unsure how or whether to purchase gold coins, bars, or jewellery. On the other hand, shipping container investments are easily available from brokerage firms like Davenport Laroche, who specialize in maritime assets. With their help, investors can purchase and deploy their container fleet, and begin generating investment revenue immediately.

One of the things investors like most about containers over gold, is the stability they provide to a portfolio. When the price of stocks and gold fluctuated in the past, shipping containers have proven they can maintain their performance and continue to provide better investment returns.

Investors’ Attention Being Drawn To Asian Economic Giants

When we look at the countries with the strongest growth in the world, much of our attention is drawn to Asia. Within the continent, investors will find a few regions that are experiencing significant growth and prosperity. Among these are a group of emerging markets that include China and India, as well as the United Arab Emirates.

Regardless of their status as an emerging market, these countries/regions are performing better than most of the world’s “economic leaders,” and in doing so, are making big contributions to global growth. Without their economic performance since the Global Financial Crisis, the world would not have experienced such a smooth road to recovery.

China

The Chinese economy, the world’s second-largest behind the United States of America, grew 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2017. In a remarkable sign of strength and stability, China has recorded five consecutive quarters of growth of either 6.7 percent or 6.8 percent. In February 2017, China unexpectedly posted its first trade gap in three years. This upbeat import reading reinforced the growing view among analysts that economic activity in China has picked up in the first two months of 2017.

India

According to the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy in the world. Despite the uncertainties in the global market, the Economic Survey 2015-2016 has forecast that the Indian economy will grow by more than seven percent for the third successive year in 2016-2017, and is likely to begin growing at eight percent or more in next two years.

United Arab Emirates

MEED’s annual UAE Outlook Report the UAE will see real GDP growth rise to between four and five percent a year, from 2017- 2020. This is compared with approximately three percent growth in 2016. The UAE’ economy is well-diversified and supports large and experienced corporations active in regional and global markets. Moreover, the banking system is solvent, liquid, and well-managed.

For investors looking for a break from the uncertainty and volatility of Brexit predictions in Europe and Trump forecasts in the U.S., Asia’s economic leaders continue to offer a more appealing investment environment. Their leading industries, like container shipping and manufacturing, continue to demonstrate growth and are fueling prosperity on the continent, and around the world.

Hard Assets Protect in an Uncertain Investing Environment

In the current volatile and uncertain investing environment, the investment community is looking to add hard assets to their portfolio. These investments, which include tangible items like gold coins, fine wine, and investing in shipping containers, have proven they can retain their value; even during times of economic and political turmoil. This appeals to investors, especially those who are concern about the effects of war on their investments, and the current state of the global economy.

To the surprise of many, during the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, hard asset investments outperformed popular stocks and bonds. This is because in most instances, the performance of hard assets is not affected by the decline of traditional investments, and thus are able to offset any portfolio losses. It is this resilience that makes including this asset such a good idea.

Financial advisers have long recommended that diversifying your portfolio holdings is a great way to avoid a worse case scenario. Adding investments that act independently of equities and bonds ensures that in the event of a “crash” or inflation, investors can rely upon a different class of investments to deliver strong, steady returns. This is particularly important for an investor who relies upon dividends and interest payments to supplement a retirement income.

A hard asset investment is generally a long-term commitment; usually upwards of 10 years. During that time, they provide strength to an investment portfolio by reducing exposure to risk, and by delivering profits to investors during times of uncertainty. From an investor’s perspective, especially one who has experienced adversity in the markets, these are two very appealing characteristics.

Most members of the investment community are not in a financial position to wager their money on high-risk investments, like risky bonds and the stock market. The approach adopted by many is one that avoids excessive risk, now and in the future. The introduction of hard assets works to shield an investment portfolio from unexpected exposure to risk.

Whether it be an investment in gold, shipping containers, or fine wine investments, hard assets should be part of an investor’s long-term investing strategy. Limiting exposure to volatile assets will better protect one’s principle and help achieve investing goals in a timely manner. Without including them, investors run the risk of overexposure to traditional assets that could be financially devastating if a “crash” were to occur.