FRA: Saints latest to direct investment towards forestry

Forestry Research Associates has welcomed the reports that the Scottish American Investment Company has diversified from stocks and shares into forestry investment.

Seattle, United States, August 20, 2011 -- Forestry Research Associates has lauded the actions of the Scottish American Investment Company which has announced its diversification from purely stocks and shares into forestry investment.

The firm, which is known as Saints, is the latest of a procession of major investment firms to choose forestry investment as a way of diversifying funds.

Saints now has a far more diversified portfolio than many of its rival funds, with interests in debts, real estate and forestry. FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins, stated, “The decision to opt for more alternative investments is a wise move from Saints. Their fund is much less vulnerable to the variations in the equity markets, which, from recent experience, could make a fund considerably more attractive to investors."

Returns for investors are high and risk is lower than for similar products elsewhere. FRA explains that investing in forested land comes with minimal risk, as if the trees are worth less when they are at maturity, investors can simply hold onto them until timber prices rise. “In the meantime the trees continue to grow of course,” added Mr Collins.

FRA encourages investment in renewable forest schemes, such as the plantations scheme run by Greenwood Management in Brazil. Mr Collins added, “This investment opportunity is popular as it offers a direct investment opportunity, which means investors actually own a section of forest and will receive the value of the timber once fully grown.”

Figures also show that forestry investment can often result in better returns than stocks and shares can offer.

The news of the Saints’ decision to invest in alternatives follows news that several major pension funds are also opting to diversify into more alternative assets classes, such as precious metals, commercial property, forestry and even antiques and art. The move towards less emphasis on equities comes in response to pressure from investors who do not want to risk losing large amounts of money on stock market crashes.

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.

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Properly Hydrating Your Body: There's More To It Than Just Drinking Water

"Early on in our study of human diet, we often noticed that our personal hydration levels increased after consuming fruits and vegetables," say Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, co-authors of TurboCharged.

New York, NY, USA - August 20, 2011 -- Over the course of humanity’s evolutionary past, almost everything we ate had a very high percentage of water. For example, fruits, vegetables, eggs and raw animal protein are composed of somewhere between 70% to 96% water. The ramifications of this fact are worth examining.

Early on in our study of human diet, we often noticed that our personal hydration levels increased after consuming fruits and vegetables,” say Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, co-authors of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH). “We observed this effect on a consistent basis, and we used to wonder why-particularly since we were drinking adequate amounts of water.”

In July 2009, the Daily Mail reported on a research study performed at the University of Aberdeen Medical School in Scotland. The study found that some fruits and vegetables might hydrate our bodies twice as effectively as a glass of water. This confirmed the Griesels’ observation about their hydration levels, and ensured that a focus on fruit and vegetable consumption was given a top spot in their TurboCharged program.

Read more about this on the TurboCharged blog.

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HIV Eradication Now and Then - Time to Take Action Toward an HIV Cure

With a combined effort and continued research the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic seems more in reach when comparing HIV Eradication Now and Then. It will take an ongoing combined effort, but with continued research a cure could be near.

Toulon, France (August 20, 2011) -- When HIV/AIDS first began infecting people the likelihood of a cure seemed out of reach. Patients were treated and learned to live with the fact that they had a disease with no hope of restoral to health. Their illness was terminal and they faced a certain death from complications associated with the disease. In 1996, antiretroviral drugs were a new hope, not for a cure but to suppress the disease and give people a chance to live a longer more productive life with the illness. Researchers have discovered new treatments and have made strides when comparing the possibility of HIV Eradication Now and Then.

The promising outlook of successfully treating with antiretroviral drugs was short-lived as researchers discovered that what they called ‘reservoirs,’ which are places where the lingering virus lies in wait and emerge when the patient discontinues the drugs. The virus is then ready to flourish again attacking the CD4 immune cells. Research continues and the future looks a little brighter when comparing HIV eradication now and then, as the International AIDS Society and others have joined together once again in a renewed effort to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. The IAS continues to seek funding and support for cure-related science to continue.

The most recent research has brought about hope in the form of a functional cure, which means the virus is not totally eradicated from the body, but permanently suppressed. To suppress the virus would mean to stop replication and reduce the reservoirs, so that long-term remission of patients is possible. The IAS strategy is to raise awareness and obtain widespread support globally for the new research to address HIV persistence in some patients and further studies on the reservoirs. With a global outreach and support the realization of a cure or suppression is more promising when comparing HIV Eradication Now and Then.

Three main objectives exist in the research for HIV/AIDs. These objectives include recognition of the need for a safe HIV/AIDS therapeutic and preventive plan to help control the continuing AIDS epidemic, commitment to encourage a combination of both international and multidisciplinary research for an AIDS cure and encourage contributions for research from organizations, stakeholders and international leaders. With a combined effort and continued research the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic seems more in reach when comparing HIV Eradication Now and Then. It will take an ongoing combined effort, but with continued research a cure could be near.

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Alain Lafeuillade
83100 Toulon, France