If there is an investment opportunity or venture that doesn’t go bad, it lies with the shipping containers. Maritime transportation hauls the most tonnage in the international trade.

If there is an investment opportunity or venture that doesn’t go bad, it lies with the shipping containers. Maritime transportation hauls the most tonnage in the international trade. Many ports have been expanded to increase the capacity and new ports have been constructed. The sea vessels have also been designed to carry more shipping containers. Other special types of ships have been designed for speed in lightweight materials shipping. Dredging has been conducted in major canals and harbors across the world. All these factors have contributed to the steady increase in the number of shipping containers in the high seas.

It is no wonder that anybody involved in shipping containers investment is enjoying favorable returns. Perhaps the most important factor is the rapid industrialization of developing countries. These nations were buffered against the tides of the financial crisis and they are now recording the highest GDP rates. The tax free zones of the Middle East and the logistical prowess of Asian ports have contributed to a favorable economic climate or atmosphere.

Many investors are beginning to realize that there are advantages of investing in assets such as shipping containers. Especially in the aftermath of the financial crisis, venture capitalists and the banking sector are more wary of intangible assets. Individuals and corporations are slowly shifting from stock markets and hedge funds. They are turning towards risk free investments.

The interesting thing about shipping containers is that it is virtually risk free but that is one of the high yield investments. Hard asset management is not as difficult to understand as a stock investment policy. It is ironic that it should yield more returns with less active trading. It is easy to see why when you consider that shipping containers are constantly working in the high seas. Since they are annual lease agreements, there are predictable investment returns. There are no thresholds as seen in money markets where the money is sitting waiting for favorable selling conditions. If one equates shipping containers with money then one’s money never rests.

Hard asset management is carried out by asset managers who coordinate fleets of shipping containers. They own some of the containers and lease additional needed containers. They manage the transit of containers by different vessels with different materials headed to different destinations. They are in direct contracts with sea transporters and large manufacturers. Their secondary business is in the buying, leasing and reselling of shipping containers to match stock levels with demand.

Asset managers make shipping container investment agreements with the owners of additional containers. This agreement is a lease that involves two types of safe investments in shipping containers; guaranteed and aggressive leases. The yield interest agreed upon in guaranteed leases is fixed and the shipping routes taken are more or less fixed. In the case of aggressive leases, the routes are optimized for the containers maximum use. The yield interest becomes higher as a consequence but it is not fixed. Aggressive leases still retain the element of risk free investments or ventures.

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