About Us – Real Assets
GreenWorld is an alternative investment firm that offers real asset investment. Our clients are sophisticated individual investors who are concerned with trends in global markets and the world economy. Many of the clients we talk to are concerned about the crisis in the Eurozone for example. They tend to ask questions such as what happens if the Euro collapses? If my bank or the general banking system collapses, what will happen to my savings? What will be the affect on my portfolio if western central banks respond to next crisis by printing money on a massive scale, given that 10 trillion dollars of money has already been printed by major central banks in the last six years?
Another concern of GreenWorld’s is political instability. Whilst it may have once seemed inconceivable, we believe that even within western countries so-called “political risk” is increasing. For example, if a country leaves the Eurozone and moves to their own currency, the government will almost certainly need to introduce capital controls to stem a massive outflow of financial assets from that country.
Also, as governments search desperately for additional sources of revenue, it is impossible to predict what may occur. Is it completely beyond the realm of possibility that a government might seize control of citizens’ private pensions and redirect those pension assets to their government bonds in the interests of “protecting” their citizens? Before you laugh, consider this has happened many times in so-called “developing countries”, and whilst it may be unlikely in the developed world, one cannot deny that the risk is there. To hedge against this risk, GreenWorld focuses on global investments to allow people to spread their assets across a number of countries. Please note – GreenWorld is not advocating that investors put the overwhelming amount of their assets in alternative investments of the type we offer, but simply to consider the advantage of hedging the risks in the world by allocating some smaller portion such as 10-20pc of their savings into such assets.
All of the projects we offer fall into the category of real asset investments such as timber investments, agriculture investments, farmland investments or renewable energy investments. These commodity investments provide an excellent inflation hedge, as well as potential for both high income – such as from our Bamboo Investments – and capital appreciation as well.
Furthermore, GreenWorld’s alternative investments are not stocks or green funds – i.e. they are not financial investments – but rather represent direct ownership of real assets assets such as farmland or timber. All of our investments have low enough minimums that they are accessible by individuals. We believe that in general green funds and real asset investing funds generally are just stock funds that are still exposed to financial markets, whilst GreenWorld’s philosophy is to offer a true alternative to financial investments.
We offer the diversification benefits of offshore investments in farmland and forestry/timber directly – i.e. actual real assets as opposed to just stocks that are in this sector. This allows our clients acess to products just like those available to the large institutions such as pension funds, University endowments and sovereign wealth funds – alternative investment opportunities that are not available through mainstream UCITs or other High Street financial institutions.
As a general principle, GreenWorld also attempts to focus on investments that put us on the right side of global macro trends – as we are fond of saying, “the trend is your friend!” Some examples of global trends that we aim to capture are as follows:
- Surge in agriculture commodity prices: Hence agricultural investments and farmland investments are ideal ways to ride this global trend.
- Quantitative Easing by Western Central Banks – or printing money to be more direct – results in the debasement of fiat currencies and leads investors around the world to seek real asset investments that hedge against the possibility of inflation and the meddling of local politicians printing and spending themselves to political success.
- Government around the world are keen to stop the deterioration and destruction of our old growth rain forests. Hence Bamboo Investments and timber investments in managed forestry plantations allow us to capture the trend of socially responsible global green investing.
- Governments are increasingly mandating that a certain amount of power be produced from renewable resources. Hence, renewable energy investments and carbon credit investments directly capture this trend.
- Finally, whilst there may be a property bubble in developed markets, international property investments allow us to have exposure to faster growing emerging markets where property development is in much earlier stages.
For British investors, all of the projects offered by GreenWorld are SIPP compatible. A Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) is the name given to the type of UK-government-approved personal pension scheme. SIPPs are a type of Personal Pension Plan, which allows individuals to make their own investment decisions from a full range of investments. This opens up alternative investment options such as timber and agriculture investments directly to individuals.
We are honored to say that the principals of GreenWorld not only believe in our mission to bring real asset socially responsible investments to retail investors, but are also personally invested in many of the projects we are promoting. You can be confident that all of our global investments are products that we personally are comfortable with as investors ourselves.
Furthermore, due to our total independence – we are not tied to one single group or financial institution – we are able to be completely open and transparent in our conversations with our customers and advise them on the best option based on their personal circumstances, risk mitigation factors, preferred business model, and return on investment goals.
GreenWorld is also able and willing to offer our clients customized, bespoke investment solutions based on our knowledge of the sector and our ability to access global investment sfor our customers.
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