Thinning payouts will attract more people to forestry investment, claims FRA

News that a forestry investment firm is making interim payouts to investors, as a result of a thinning process, will attract others to forestry investment, according to FRA.

Seattle, United States, October 26, 2012 -- News that a forestry investment firm is making interim payouts to investors, as a result of a thinning process, will attract others to forestry investment, according to Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

Forestry investment firm Greenwood Management has announced it is hoping to make its first payout to investors who have been with the company since 'Phase 1' of their Acacia project, in Spring 2013. The payout will take place after Greenwood has undertaken a thinning exercise, which removes some of the trees in a plantation to allow others to flourish and grow as strong and large as possible, thus maximizing the quality of the final harvest.

The trees that are removed through the thinning process are sold for use in the production of charcoal or for use in fence construction, for example. FRA's analysis partner, Peter Collins, stated, "This type of forestry investment model ensures that anyone investing in timberland doesn't have to wait until final harvest to see returns on their investment - they see returns throughout the process, which is a very attractive prospect for those looking for a more medium-term asset class."

Greenwood Management's Acacia plantation is one of its most established and the initial Phase 1 investments were made back in 2008. Greenwood claims that the project is "well on target" with its, "operating model and is progressing extremely well in Bahia state, Brazil."

The final harvest of the trees in which people have invested should be sold for a much higher value, as they will be larger and of the best quality, explained Greenwood Management. However, it added that it will try to optimize the returns from the thinning process for investors, which means ensuring that the timber is sold when market conditions are at their best.

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

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Brazil is fast becoming the go-to place for investors, claims AAA

Despite slower economic growth than recent years, Brazil still offers investors some very attractive opportunities, according to AAA.

Boston, MA, USA, October 26, 2012 -- Despite slower economic growth than recent years, Brazil still offers investors some very attractive opportunities, according to Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

The fact that Brazil is now investing so heavily in transport and infrastructure ensures that investors from all over the world are interested in doing business in the Latin American country. Brazil is fast-emerging as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has recently taken over from the UK as the sixth largest of the world's economies. "things are really moving for Brazil and if you are looking to invest in somewhere that is on the up - Brazil is a good bet," stated AAA's analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.

Several specific projects are underway, which should attract investors interested in assets ranging from timberland to real estate. Firstly, there is the housing project that the Brazilian government is launching in order to build new, high quality homes for the millions of urban dwellers that have moved into Brazil's cities. The government wants to get people out of the slum areas and into better houses. This will mean a greater demand for materials including steel and sustainable timber, "which is great news of those invested in Brazilian managed forestry," added Mr Johnson.

Another major project that will please investors is the construction of the venues for the Rio Olympics in 2016 and the FIFA World Cup in 2014. As well as these venues, which will further increase demand for steel and timber, major road works are needed to ensure the infrastructure is in place to support the millions of extra people that will descend on Brazil's cities during the events.

One of the transport solutions being mooted is the introduction of a bullet train service between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Reports claim that the project has attracted the attention of a raft of foreign investors, all keen to get involved in this major project.

"These are, without a doubt, exciting times for Brazil and investors who put their cash into this future superpower now will be making the right decision, in our opinion," added Mr Johnson.

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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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New Partnership Covers Theft and Accidental Damage for Laptops, iPads, iPhones, Smartphones, Digital Cameras, and Other Portable Electronics.

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