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Forestry Investment Receiving More Rave Reviews

September 22, 2009Article by Ray Withers

Forestry investment is one of the best ways to sure up your financial future as part of the Self Invested Personal Pension scheme, especially if this is your first time, it has been stated.Soaring demand for tropical hardwood outstripping the supply of such products makes timber a high-yielding investment, and the low outlay makes it an excellent entry level product according to international investment consultancy Property Frontiers.

“A growing number of individuals, endowments and pension funds are including forestry investment as a hard asset in their portfolios, including Harvard University, which has invested 12% ($500million this year) of its endowment fund in timber,” said Ben Jeffries, a sourcing manager with the firm.”As green awareness rises around the world, timber looks more attractive than ever,” he added.

Demand for tropical hardwoods has multiplied nearly 25 times in the last four decades as global populations expand. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation consumption of industrial wood will rise a further 60% over the next 25 years.Property Frontiers is currently marketing two separate products for investment in forestry, one in Sri Lanka and one in Costa Rica.

Investment in Sri Lankan forestry starts at a minimum outlay of £10,000. This is an investment in Agarwood seedlings over a 6 year duration, expected to yield in excess of £40,000. The highest yielding option is a 15 year investment in Teak seedlings at £15,000, expected to yield in excess of £240,000.Forestry investment is also an excellent way for career property investors to diversify their portfolios. Property Frontiers director Ray Withers said:

“We live in a changed world. While we still consider ourselves as property investment specialists, anyone who didn’t know the importance of having a diversified portfolio quickly learned it over the last 2 years. For that reason we are and will continue to diversify the range of investment products we offer, so that our clients can diversify their portfolios with a company that has earned their trust.”

Over the years Property Frontiers have built up a good relationship for knowing which markets and products their clients should invest in. If they say investing in tropical forestry will bring a good return, then it almost certainly will.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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