Finding Alternative Investing Options Requires In-Depth Study

Depending on the alternative investment type you select, there will likely be different rules and regulations for investing. Be certain to do your homework.

It is becoming more apparent to investors that alternative investments are proving to be a very lucrative, and safer investment vehicle for people who are willing to do a little bit of legwork and research their options, prior to investing. That said, obviously before you can be expected to choose the right type of alternative, you must know your options. Given that this is often a challenge for investors, here is how some experts suggest that you identify which investment options are right for you and your portfolio goals:

Each market in the world has unique investment options, which are very often accompanied by different types of alternative investments. If you are looking for investing advice, the best approach is to list your options and built an investment matrix. Write out the things you are looking for in an investment offering, for example: long term growth, short term growth, high return, steady return etc., and make your way through each option so you can see which ones match up with your overall investment goals. This will provide investors with a starting point to begin their in-depth investment research and analysis.

Investors should create their list of options by doing detailed research. Many begin their search by going online to identify trusted resources that are giving helpful advice and sharing their investing experience, without asking for anything in return. Once you have identified some viable options, pick up the telephone and call and see how comfortable you are with the person on the other end of the line. Of course another option is to find a well-established broker who can manage your investment on your behalf.

Depending on the alternative investment type you select, for example real estate, shipping container investments, wine etc., you are going to have very different rules and regulations for investing. Ensure you have done in-depth study prior to putting money into any investment. If you are planning on investing in an emerging countries or in a market you are not overly familiar with, an experienced broker will be able to handle all of this for you and explain everything to you in a clear and concise manner.

Prospering Global Trade Offers an Attractive Investing Option

Investing in cargo containers is not the only opportunity to invest in global trade. In fact, there are many ways to invest in the world's economic growth.

Investors today have several options when considering where to invest; Stock markets, day-trading, mutual funds, real estate and a host of other appealing investment options exist that can temp an investor to try something new. Often times investors will look outside of their mainstream portfolio for investments that are both sound and profitable. One of the most interesting new investment opportunities is to invest in global trade itself.  That is - to be a part of the growth of the entire world market by investing in things that are part of the import and export of consumer goods.

While a lot of global trade these days happens online or in digital form, there is still a large need to invest in infrastructure and shipping systems so that the entire world can trade goods on a global scale. An interesting option for investing in the shipping industry is to make an investment directly into cargo containers, which are a major part of almost all globally traded goods. Consider this: for something to be transported from China, or East Asia, or South America into the North American or European markets, it was (most likely) shipped overseas on a container ship transporting thousands of cargo containers. This trade dependence presents an opportunity for investors to buy and lease out shipping containers to people and companies looking to access the global markets. Taking this approach, investors simply purchase their cargo containers and a container leasing broker handles all of the logistics associated with managing the investor's fleet. As the container owner, you simply collect monthly dividends on the usage of your container, while international companies pay the leasing company to rent your asset.

Albeit an increasingly popular approach, investing in shipping containers is among the alternative investments available to investors, it is not the only way investors can invest in global economic growth. In fact, there are several different ways to access these prospering markets through Exchange Traded Funds, by investing in green energy projects and/or short-term loans to businesses in developing nations and emerging markets.

Earning a Steady Income is an Appealing Investing Option

Everyone dreams of investing in something that makes money while also creating an overall increase in net worth. It is the motivation of the investment world and is an ingredient found in the world's most appealing investing options. Albeit traditional investments have been a disappointment, nowadays there are several alternatives for investors that can earn a steady profit, while also cont wealth.

Some investors hold onto stamps. Others buy vintage wines and reselling them. Although these are considered "alternative investments," neither produces income while the investment matures. In order to achieve that, investors have to look at assets that will be used WHILE growing their value. Asset purchases, such as income properties/real estate, are an example of investments that generate a monthly income for the owner (because they are being used) while at the same time are steadily increasing in value; or at the very least preserve their value.

If you are considering pursuing an alternative investment, consider looking for options that allow you to earn a steady profit each month (or week, quarterly, etc.) AND helps you build wealth. Wine may be a fun alternative investment, but it will not make you any money if it is used .. it will disappear! Stamps can only ever be traded among collectors, because once they are used they lose all value. On the other hand, real estate and shipping containers earn money consistently for investors.

Earning a steady profit should be a central aspect of your investment strategy, especially if you are looking to increase your net worth quickly and/or you have a desire to re-invest your earnings. Ideally, once you have established a large enough network of investment assets, your portfolio should pay out enough dividends for a very nice and consistent profit.

7 More Helpful Tips For Investing in Alternative Investments

In today’s volatile marketplace, it is a great investment strategy to consider alternative investment opportunities.

There are several ways to avoid traditional investments and invest in alternatives to the stock market or mutual funds. Depending on your willingness to take risks, the rewards can be quite impressive. A good alternative investment strategy begins with doing a little research first.

With that being said, here are 7 more of my alternative investment tips that can help you determine your best investment strategy, if you are considering the alternatives to traditional investments:
  1. Do your research: As you are investing your own money, it is vital that you learn how to do your own research on investment opportunities. There is a lot of information available on the Internet and sometimes it can be tricky to make your way through the pile. Take the time to read about the opportunities by visiting several websites, reading investor reviews and look for trusted authors and testimonials.
  2. Find markets that are growing: Emerging Markets tend to be found in Latin America (Brazil, Chile etc) and East Asia (China, Taiwan, India) as well as some up-and-coming markets in Eastern Europe such as Belarus and Ukraine. These markets are growing at a much higher rate than mature markets such as North America and provide several appealing investing options.
  3. Find trusted investment sources: Emerging markets tend to have several high-growth investment opportunities such as energy, real estate and asset ownership, such as shipping container investments. Depending on the market you choose – these main 3 options are good, known investment vehicles.
  4. Invest in assets: If you can, find investment opportunities that are helping to purchase assets. Make sure the asset does not have a high depreciation value (such as solar panels) and that you are purchasing assets through a known entity, with a proven track record of great customer service.
  5. Decide if you want long-term of short-term liquidity: Many emerging market economies allow for much shorter liquidity timelines, such as daily, weekly or monthly returns. Many countries in East Asia allow for monthly returns on an asset purchase, or a complete loan repayment within days of investing. This is done to help encourage outside investing and usually involves little red-tape.
  6. Start small: If you are new to the East Asia or Latin America investment world, start small with a modest investment and track the results. Once you see your return and how easy it was to manage, then consider introducing more funds.
  7. Invest in more than one industry: Any good portfolio manager will tell you to investment in diverse interests and industries. The same is true for introducing alternative investment opportunities.
In my mind, investors who follow these additional tips for investing in alternatives should have little (if any) trouble discovering something that matches their tolerance for investment risk, and sets the foundation for a good, long-term investment strategy.