Cargo Containers Offer Alternative for Discouraged Investors

Non-traditional investments are emerging as a viable alternative and providing hope for investors who have been discouraged by poorly performing markets.

With an ever-increasing number of investors placing their traditional investments on the shelf, alternative investment offerings are emerging as an appealing investment option and providing hope for investors who have been discouraged by poor communication, and mounting fears of losing their principle. At this point, the investment community is seeking a positive change in their investing portfolio's performance and are favoring the move to the sizable returns and transparency, offered by popular alternative investments.

In the past, understanding and addressing the needs of the global investment community is something that very few traditional investment offerings have spent any time doing. The lack of transparency in most traditional investment options has investors discouraged, upset and seeking immediate change. Answering the call for swift improvements, container investment providers have presented an investing opportunity for apprehensive investors that will allow them to enjoy a great investment, complete with security, dependable residual payments and simple liquidity. For many investors, investing in shipping containers is seen as more of a business opportunity than a traditional investment, because of the close relationship container owners (investors) maintain with their investment/business partners. This open dialogue is a welcome change from the disappointing communication that is common among traditional investing offerings.

When making a investment, container investors can immediately enjoy the benefits of established and highly profitable shipping leases. These agreements not only provide safe and steady investment returns, they also protect investors against the liability with regards to the the container's contents and against any damage to the shipping containers themselves, thus preserving the investor's principle. Furthermore, these shipping leases have been negotiated with reputable international companies and thus provide an asset that provides a long-term investment income; for happy shipping container owners and investors. Even if they choose to improve their poor communication with upset investors, traditional investments still cannot deliver the same level of performance and great investment returns, that are consistently enjoyed by shipping container investors.

No Chance Gold Values Will Recapture Their Peak Anytime Soon

The question on the mind of many analysts is whether or not gold is the kind of non-correlated, alternative asset that investors should be holding now. Especially when they stop to consider gold's roller coaster track record that includes soaring prices from 2004 to 2011, and then the sharp drop of more than 40 percent in 2013.

For hundreds of years, gold has been an asset that is held as protection against "worst possible outcomes." The truth be told, gold will reach its highest price when there are increasing concerns about the economic well-being of the United States, likely because the U.S. represents the biggest economy and largest pool of wealth in the world and investors want a good investment to preserve their wealth. That being said, the American federal government has appeared more effective as of late and even the housing market in the United States has shown real signs of improvement. These things considered, investors are left without the worries that traditionally drive values upward. Recently, gold prices have slid back from an early 2014 climb and now stand just a few percentage points higher for the year.

With the rising number of alternative investment strategies for investors to pursue, analysts are growing skeptical of whether including gold as an asset class will benefit investors. In fact, some are even suggesting that "it’s not an ideal hedge" anymore and that "there’s no chance that gold prices will recapture their peak anytime soon."