Monday, 9 December 2013

Why Did I Invest in Shipping Containers And Should You?

Over the last couple of years I have been overwhelmed by the number of investment seekers who have asked me why I invested in shipping containers. For most, it is an investing opportunity that very few knew existed. For others, they were cynical of the international shipping industry's recovery and thus very apprehensive. I must admit, at the beginning I belonged to both of these groups of investors.

I had heard about the opportunity to invest in shipping containers from others in the investment community, but until the GFC in 2008-2009 I had never been given the option of considering it, or learning more about it. For years it seemed to be a secret investment that only a select few investors were given access to. So, when the opportunity presented itself in the form of an email message from Pacific Tycoon, I immediately began doing my research and challenged the investment from every angle.

Like most other investors, I found it difficult to believe that the global shipping industry wasn't suffering like many other industries and that lease rates are not affected by overcapacity in the sector. To my surprise I learned that governments everywhere rely heavily on the maritime shipping industry to fuel their economic recovery, and thus making an investment in cargo containers is like making an investment in economic growth. The truth be told, as nations look to raise their GDP, shipping containers play a vital role in helping them achieve their economic goals. Without a continuous supply of them, it is impossible for countries to maintain steady growth.

From my perspective, any opportunity for investment that is in such high demand around the world and makes such an important contribution to economic growth, is an ideal replacement for struggling equities and uncertain bonds; in any investor's portfolio. This is why I recommend investors review shipping container investments and make a hard comparison to the assets that currently occupy their investment portfolio.

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