Investors look to wine and art, says AAA

Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has commented on news that investors are turning to some highly unusual assets in response to a prolonged period of stock market volatility.

Boston, MA, USA, September 03, 2011 -- Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has commented on news that investors are turning to some highly unusual assets in response to a prolonged period of stock market volatility.

The alternative investment advocacy group welcomed the report from that examined the growing trend for investment in assets like fine wines, stamps, collectibles, books, antiques and art.

Anthony Johnson, an analysis partner at AAA, said, “This is a reflection of the fact that people are on the look out for a place to put their cash that will ensure it won't disappear if the bottom falls out of the equity markets.

Diversification is a key request for both individual and institutional investors looking to reduce risk these days and these more unusual assets are proving more affordable than more ‘traditional’ alternatives, such as gold,” he added.

The art world claims it has benefited hugely from the trend for more investment in alternatives, with the market for individual pieces reaching record levels, while art funds also go from strength to strength. However, minimum investments for some of the most popular art funds tend to be expensive – often starting at tens of thousands of dollars. Cheaper alternatives include wine, which can offer an attractive prospect, with cases of fine wines and top vintages available for as little as $1,600. Data from Morningstar show that $32,600 invested in fine wine in 2005 would be worth $114,200 today. This compares very keenly to the stock markets, where the rate of return for the same period would have averaged at just 2.9 per cent.

Figures like this show that alternatives are a valid money-making option in today’s economic climate – and the more volatile the stock markets become, the higher the values of these alternative assets will climb,” added Mr Johnson.

AAA supports all alternative investments, but is especially keen to focus on encouraging investment in emerging markets through impact investing or investing in forestry and other ecologically and socially responsible asset classes. “Investment in forestry through firms like Greenwood Management, which operates in Brazil, help to bring foreign investment to emerging economies and helps to safeguard the forestry industry for future generations," said Mr Johnson.

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

FRA backs positive report on forestry investment options

A recent article on the advantages of investing in forestry, published in Farming Magazine and in the Irish Independent newspaper, has been welcomed by Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

Seattle, United States, September 03, 2011 -- A recent article on the advantages of investing in forestry, published in Farming Magazine and in the Irish Independent newspaper, has been welcomed by Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

The analysis and research consultancy said it backs this positive view of forestry as an investment option. The article explained that direct investment in forested land – either through a company that runs plantations or through buying and planting up an area of land independently, is a good way to develop a generous pension fund for the future.

The article, written by Joe Barry, said that the trees typically generate an annual investment return of between five and six per cent, which is a solid return without the risk involved with investing in stock markets. Barry explains that if the price of timber falls at the time trees reach maturity and can be sold, land owners or investors can simply opt to sit tight and wait until the market improves, which – points out Mr Barry – it eventually always does.

FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins, said, “The financial markets are not offering investors much reason for confidence at the moment, and investing in forestry is a truly risk-averse option for those who are keen to protect their money from any further stock-market crashes.”

FRA claims that an increasing number of affluent, ethically responsible investors are looking into ways to spread the risk in their portfolios while investing in projects that are both ecologically and socially responsible. The consultancy highlights forestry investment opportunities in emerging economies like Brazil, through firms like Greenwood Management, which offer people the chance to invest in plots of land that are being planted up with non-native tree crops, such as eucalyptus and teak.

Mr Barry claims there is always a market for timber, and with major economic growth in Asia and in Brazil, now is a good time to invest money in the Latin American country, according to FRA. “Brazilian forestry is a good bet in our opinion, not least because the steel industry is desperate for sustainably produced charcoal to help prepare infrastructure for the upcoming World Cups and Olympic events," said Peter Collins.

About Forestry Research Associates

Forestry Research Associates is a research and advisory consultancy that focuses on forestry management, sustainability issues and forestry investment around the globe.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel: (206) 316 8394

Don Grady on Psychic Medium Spasoff Show

Don Grady on Psychic Medium Spasoff Show - This Monday, September 12, 2011 @ 8:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. PDT.

Escondido, CA, September 03, 2011 -- Join your Hosts Psychic Medium Spasoff along with co-host Country Joe as they welcome Legend of Stage, Screen, and Television. Don Grady but wait, isn't Don that actor from My Three Sons? Well, yes, Robbie Douglas is alive and well and here on Achieve Radio.. ( The first segment of the program will focus on Don, his music, work, and highlights of Television’s golden age.

Don Agrati (born June 8, 1944, in San Diego, California), better known as Don Grady, is an American composer, musician and actor. He is remembered both as one of Mickey Mouse's original Musketeers, and as Robbie Douglas, from My Three Sons. His sister was also an actress, billed as Lani O'Grady. Their mother was a talent agent, known as Mary Grady..........Continued with Don’s Story, listen in.

In the second segment, Medium Spasoff will take your calls about life, career, and relations as he does free on-air readings on the show! If you caught last week’s program, you know that the calls are brisk, from all over the world, and involve individuals in every walk of life! It’s a great mix of the lighter and the more serious sides of life! Don't miss it!~~~ Tune in and enjoy!!

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