The Market of Alternative Investments

Alternative Investing has become a trend in recent years. The traditional market cannot compete with the returns available, which is why investors turn to alternative projects to make their money work harder for them.

A quick look at the investments available on the traditional market shows that the only way in which investors are making returns is to enter into high risk projects over a long period of time. The returns being seen are also reasonably meagre. With the rising cost of living and inflation, people cannot afford to lose money on investments. Now more than ever people need their money working harder for them, generating income and creating high returns. The stock market is underperforming and the traditional market faces issues of volatility and cannot deliver rates that are so needed.

Over ten years the S&P 500 is up just over 10 %, or about 1 % a year. On a five year basis it’s down about 18 %. Similarly the Australian Super this year has made a loss of 2%, and investors are told that they should be thankful that this was the only loss made.

The instability of the traditional market has smart investors turning away. Turning to other projects to diversify their portfolio and have their money working harder for them. A direction in which many smart investors are turning is towards the alternative investment market.

Due to the fact that alternative investments have low market correlation, they are safely distanced from the traditional investments and have therefore been far outperforming anything available on the investment market.

The most commonly approached Alternative Investment is that of property. However the Australian property market has taken a downturn lately. House prices are dropping and we are not seeing the stability that we have become accustomed to over previous years. Meanwhile other Alternative Investments are creating returns that are unsurpassed.

The Carbon Market for example is set to become the fastest growing market in the world. As a tradable commodity Carbon Credits are going to be the most sought after tangible asset. The introduction of the Carbon Tax in Australia on the 1st July 2012 has created an opportunity for Carbon Credits to be created and then traded on the open market; creating massive profits for those who own them. Capital Carbon Credits is an alternative project which creates these Carbon Credits. With the ‘Top 500’ emitters being forced to purchase Carbon Credits, this is a commodity market which is in high demand yet very low supply.

Another great example of an alternative commodity which is in high demand but in low supply is actually the commodity of food. 3.6 billion people in the world rely on rice as a staple of their diet, creating a yearly demand of 437 million tonnes of rice. Currently the world can only create 381 million tonnes a year, leaving a vast shortfall. Agri Capital is a project which is creating the biggest commercial harvest in West Africa, a harvest which will create 9000 tonnes of rice per year. Winning ‘Best Alternative Product of the Year 2011’ and with projected returns of 15 % per harvest with the last harvest creating 16.2%; this is an alternative investment which is outperforming anything on the traditional market.

A further reason that people are turning to Alternative Investments is due to the ethical side of the investments available. In recent years a lot of the big profits being made have been through mining and oil companies. Companies which pollute our atmosphere; destroying our environment.

The Capital Carbon Credits is creating clean air for Australia. Growing trees in the Gippsland of Victoria the project is taking pollutions out of the atmosphere and offsetting the damage that the ‘Top 500’ emitters are creating.

The Agri Capital Investment has an enormous social impact on the area in which it operates. Whilst generating rice, it also creates jobs, healthcare, education and local markets for the community in which it is based. Also Agri Capital set aside 60 metric tonnes of rice per year to be given back to the community at no charge. Feeding the poor and improving the lives of those in the community surrounding the project.

These investment opportunities are not only greatly surpassing any of the returns that people are managing to get on the traditional market but they are also low risk. With guaranteed exit plans and insurance in place for varying projects; Alternative Investments deliver high returns in an ethical project whilst safeguarding your initial investment.

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