Forestry Investment Services - Where Money Does Grow on Trees
Asia Claims have established forestry investment services to provide a framework for the development of forestry investment projects based on plantation development. We have vast experience in forestry-related investments, project design, planning, project development and implementation.
Forestry investments is an asset class that has seen a substantial amount of capital inflow. The Harvard University endowment (valued at USD$ 40.9 billion in 2019) is the largest academic endowment the world and they are making a major push into forestry investment. The revenue from Harvard’s investment fund contributes more than one-third of the university’s annual operating budget.
The Harvard Management Company (HMC), the subsidiary that manages Harvard’s $32 billion endowments, has sought ways to diversify its holdings.
Bloomberg News estimates that over 10 per cent of Harvard’s endowment— over $3 billion—is invested in “forests, farms, and other natural resources.” HMC’s publicly filed IRS Form 990 lists over 270 companies as “Related Organizations Taxable as a Corporation or Trust”—corporations of which Harvard owns 50 per cent or more—and dozens of those hold timberland. As well as New Zealand, Harvard has large timber holdings in Brazil, Romania, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Uruguay.
Our forestry-related investments are uniquely positioned to leverage favourable market conditions. As an asset class, forestry is uncorrelated financial markets. Over the last 100 years, forestry assets outperformed most stocks and bonds. Quick to mature, continuously in high demand, and profitable, well-managed forestry assets are a secure way to safeguard your portfolio against volatility.