AAA: Alternative Investors Looking Outside Europe for REITs

Alternative investors are ploughing money into South Africa's property sector, according to recent reports. AAA claims that regions outside of Europe are receiving more interest and are great options for investing in real estate.

Boston, MA, USA, August 2, 2012 -- Alternative investors are ploughing money into South Africa’s property sector, according to recent reports. Alternative Asset Analysis claims that regions outside of Europe are receiving more interest and are great options for investing in real estate.

A new report from JSE Property index shows that the amount of investment in south Africa’s property market is up by around 14.5 per cent with cash coming from both individual investors and institutional investors.

It's not just wealthy individuals who are investing in alternatives such as real estate any more,“ explained Anthony Johnson, AAA's analysis partner. “Pension funds and other institutional investors are now also picking up on the fact that alternatives offer some major benefits by way of diversification and low correlation with equity markets.”

Real Estate Investment trusts (REITs) managers in South Africa are feeling very positive about the future, according to Growth Point Properties. Its executive director, Estienne de Klerk, said that most REIT managers claim that the asset class will grow over the coming two years.

Mr Johnson stated, “It's easy to see why people would prefer to put their cash into something more tangible after the economic collapse. More and more people are looking for alternatives to stocks and bonds, which they have seen lose value overnight.”

AAA supports a wide range of alternative investments, but is most keen to advocate investment in ethical and environmentally responsible causes, such as sustainable forestry and impact investment funds. Firms such as Greenwood Management offer investors the opportunity to buy up their own section of sustainable plantation in Brazil, from as little as EUR 10,000.

"This type of direct investment in timberland that is managed sustainable can remove some of the pressure on native forests and provide a more environmentally friendly options for industries that use timber products and charcoal."

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.

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Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), at World's Most Influential Hedge Funds Conference

Golden Networking brings back Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016", now in New York, Chicago and London (, with Keynote Speaker Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

New York City, NY, USA (August 2, 2012) -- Commissioner Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will be Keynote Speaker at Golden Networking’s Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016" ( The world’s most influential hedge funds conference will bring a virtual who’s who, which will soon follow as one legendary manager after another will take the stage. Billions of investable assets will be represented by influential local and international investors who will listen with rapt attention as star managers and analysts discuss and debate the biggest issues facing the alternative investments industry today.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, "Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016" will provide attendees in New York (September 25), Chicago (October 9) and London (December 12) with the most up-to-date review of where this ever-changing industry stands and how regulatory and alpha expectation s will impact it. Recognized managers, investors, experts, regulators, and strategists will return to Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012 to provide the information practitioners are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

Mr. Chilton was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U. S. Senate in 2007. In 2009, he was re-nominated by President Obama and reconfirmed by the Senate. He has served as the Chairman of the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC). His career spans 25 years in government service-working on Capitol Hill in the House of Representatives, in the Senate, and serving in the Executive Branch during the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Chilton was the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Government Relations at the National Farmers Union where he represented family farmers. In 2005, Mr. Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Bush at the U. S. Farm Credit Administration where he served as an Executive Assistant to the Board. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Chilton was a Senior Advisor to Senator Tom Daschle, the Democrat Leader of the United States Senate, where he worked on myriad issues including agriculture and transportation policy.

From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Clinton where he rose to Deputy Chief of Staff to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. In this role, Mr. Chilton became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES)-government executives selected for their leadership qualifications to serve in the key positions just below the most senior Presidential appointees. As an SES member, Mr. Chilton served as a liaison between Secretary Glickman and the Federal work force at USDA.

From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Chilton worked in the U. S. House of Representatives where he served as Legislative Director for three different Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and as the Executive Director of the bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus. Mr. Chilton previously served on the Boards of Directors of Bion Environmental Technologies and the Association of Family Farms.

Mr. Chilton was born in Delaware and spent his youth in Indiana, where he attended Purdue University (1979-1982). He studied political science and communications and was a collegiate leader of several organizations. Mr. Chilton and his wife, Sherry Daggett Chilton, split their time between Washington, D. C. and Arkansas.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012 is produced by Golden Networking (, the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to

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Julia Petrova
Media Relations Coordinator
Golden Networking

BusinessVibes Introduces New Microsite for Events

BusinessVibes is pleased to announce that it has recently launched an exciting new feature in its website called "Create Your Own Event", an online tool that allows BusinessVibes members to create customizable websites.

London, UK, August 2, 2012 -- BusinessVibes, the latest B2B network dedicated to connecting businesses all over the world, is growing strong with more than one million members worldwide. Today, it is pleased to announce that it has recently launched an exciting new feature in its website called "Create Your Own Event", an online tool that allows BusinessVibes members to create customizable websites. This enables members to gain greater online publicity of their company and also showcase all their events, helping them grow both their business and image as a whole.

BusinessVibes Events has always been the number one go-to platform for businesses around the world to advertise their events online. Since its inception in 2010, BusinessVibes has provided businesses that register as members with them, with the opportunity to create an event page and have it advertised. “Create Your Own Event” enriches the user and visitor experience as an actual website, rather than a single page from BusinessVibes, will be provided. Moreover, this new feature is packed with customizable options that will make the event page unique to each business and more appealing to visitors, as opposed to a static, standard background. In addition, although BusinessVibes builds the website, members continue to have control over the content and can make changes anytime.

The main difference between BusinessVibes and any other website creation and hosting platform is that with BusinessVibes, it is free. Furthermore, BusinessVibes offers other types of event promotion solutions to businesses including displaying banner advertisements, publishing event profiles, conducting e-mail blasts and much more for a minimal fee. Therefore with this new feature, businesses can not only substantially save money by avoiding expensive website maintenance costs but also time which can be better utilized for other event planning activities.

Website creation with BusinessVibes takes just 3 easy steps.
1) Choose any one of the attractive, professionally designed templates of your preference.
2) Customize it by adding your own logo, text, graphics and menu options.
3) Publish it with one click of a button!

Schedule a demo and benefit from other supporting promotions which will be available for free for only a limited time. There are no hidden costs or special conditions involved in this promotion. Register with BusinessVibes too to connect with thousands of companies and trade associations in more than 170 countries.

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Lise Martineau
Marketing Executive - Europe
BusinessVibes Network International Inc
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