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Issue date: 
July 9, 2010

Seeing the Forest for Its Hedges

FOR decades, some university endowments, pension funds and other big investors have put part of their money to work in the woods. They’ve bought large tracts of timberland, viewing them as an asset class separate from stocks, bonds and other forms of real estate.

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July 27th, 2010

The Last Tax Haven

Turning income into capital without taxation in this world is like trying to spin straw into gold, impossible unless you know Rumpelstiltskin.

Well as it turns out he and I are on quite friendly terms and it was he who introduced me to forestry investments.

Most governments are eager to support any activities that they regard as beneficial or that allow tax planning to continue if it delivers a public benefit.

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July 1, 2010

A brief TIMO backgrounder

In discussions with newcomers considering investments in timberland or the publicly traded timber REITs, I frequently find that there is substantial misunderstandings about what a TIMO is and what the TIMO role is in the investment community.
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June 21, 2010

US-South Timberland Transaction update

The pace of timberland transactions is still pretty slow but they are occurring (about 500,000 acres since my update last fall) and prices do not appear to have dropped below those of late last year. I think the 10% - 15% decline estimate (from the peak)  is still pretty solid.

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May 08, 2010

Forestry reseeds

As the adage goes, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second best time is now.

Ideally, investors planted their money into forestry early enough to see their money grow along with the recent surge in commodity and equity prices.

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May 9, 2010

Sino-Forest Increases Investment in Greenheart Resources Strengthening foothold in South American tropical forest

TORONTO, May 9, 2010 /CNW/ - Sino-Forest Corporation ("Sino-Forest") (TSX: TRE), a leading commercial forest plantation operator in China, is pleased to announce that Sino-Capital Global Inc.

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4 May 2010

Forest Investors Grapple with Sustainability

Investor interest in forestry is building, driven by climate change concerns, shifting and growing markets for forestry products – and the good, old-fashioned portfolio diversification benefits of an asset class which weathered the financial crisis much better than most and which offers stable long-term returns. But, argue sustainable finance experts, barriers to monetizing the environmental attributes of the sector remain high – both retarding investment but also generating opportunities for early movers.

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22 February 2010

WBCSD: Sustainable Forest Finance Toolkit Now Available

Geneva, 22 February 2010 - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have launched the Sustainable Forest Finance Toolkit, which aims to support the finance sector in

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Mar. 1, 2010

China Forestry buys RMB 464-mln forest asset

Mar. 1, 2010 (China Knowledge) - China Forestry Holdings Co Ltd has announced that it will spend RMB 464 million to purchase rights in a forest in Ninglang County, Yunnan Province.

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Thu, 28/01/2010 - 14:06

Earth Capital Partners hires sustainable agriculture and forestry team

Earth Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on renewable energy, has hired a sustainable agriculture and forestry investment team from IBIS Capital Management and EMP Global.


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