Claymore/Clear Global Timber Index
The demand for cross border or international trade investments will always be met by new programs that take advantage of this long-term human desire. From the days of the Mississippi Land Scheme of the early eighteenth century to present, the search for profitable opportunities remains constant.
Global sector exchange-traded funds provide a passive approach to meet this demand and the creation and implementation of such specialty indexes and led to more »
It’s no secret that I’m a believer that timberlands serve as a better hedge against inflation than silver or gold. The organic growth characteristic alone is beating inflation as measured by CPI-U as timber grows about 4% per year with inflation running around 3%. Timber is much less volatile as an asset class than silver or gold, which can be driven more by momentum than fundamentals. That’s more »
Timber may not sound like the most attractive investment right now; everybody knows that we are not seeing too much activity in construction. Also, paper use is expected to decline in the following years due to technological change and ecological concerns. Precisely for that reason, it may be a good time to consider adding some cheap timber stocks to a long term portfolio.
We have seen some early signs of more »
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