Real assets such as land are less vulnerable to price/value volatility.
Real assets including real estate are popular alternative investments. Raw land stands out among them because it is characterized by low price volatility.
The shortage of housing in the UK is the most obvious factor in discussion of land assets and the growth potential for land investments. With a solid 7 per cent (over the past ten years) growth rate of the population, the country stands above most other European countries in its need for new home construction.
Compounding this has been the reluctance of builders in the financial crisis since 2008 to construct new homes (due to stringent financing), which strongly suggests pent up demand. Even if people cannot afford to buy, they have to live somewhere, right? In fact, the construction of rental housing is on the rise and may be where real asset investing shifts.
But looking five to ten years hence, will there be a housing bubble – a rash of building followed by an oversupplied market? Not likely – the build up in demand is that critical and unlikely to be fully satisfied for a long time to come. But even without this extraordinary set of circumstances, land investing is generally less subject to price and value swings, vis-à-vis other real assets, for a number of reasons:
• Raw land appreciates in value on a linear path – Due to the finite nature of land coupled with a growing population, demand is always on the upswing. Inflation naturally pushes prices upward, and with a positive decision by planning commissions the asset can grow dramatically.
• Raw land allows diversification – While most land investment requires a minimum of £10,000 to participate, it is possible therefore for many investors to participate in multiple sites. Built properties carry a considerably higher price, effectively forcing the investor to be concentrated in fewer property investments.
• Land investment specialists know how to optimize value – The many variables of strategic land investing are best left to the professionals – because they know what they’re doing. They are able to negotiate optimal purchase and sales prices, how to time an investment and achieve local planning commission permission to convert raw land into something more productive.
• Land investing is not like an REIT – Real estate investment trusts are market-traded securities, subject to market dynamics that may have little or nothing to do with the intrinsic value of the properties in the trust. Raw land is a real asset that is much more controllable.
Real assets overall have proven to be attractive during the years of the 21st century financial crisis, albeit with variable performance from one to the next. Investors are encouraged to seek the counsel of an independent financial advisor before committing to a specific investment.
There is no difference between growing a tree and growing your money. In other words, all you have to do is to simply apply the cultivation methods applicable for growing a tree to your finances and you will be suitably rewarded with a “fruitful” tree.
Let’s see how this works out.
Needless to state, you must have seeds to grow a tree. But, more importantly, these should be good seeds. Bad seeds will give you bad trees. Likewise, to grow money you need investment products. More importantly, these should be good products. Bad investments may not only give poor growth but could also lose money… leaving you empty-handed.
But having good seeds is not enough if you don’t have the proper knowledge. If you don’t how to plant the seeds, how to water them, how to fertilize them, how to remove the weeds, etc., etc., your seeds will soon die away. Similarly, your investments too will wither away if you don’t know how to manage them, how to add to your investments, how to remove the under-performing assets, etc., etc. If you lack the right knowledge on farming (finances), you must take help of a gardener (financial adviser).
Next, as is well know, your trees won’t grow in a jiffy. Depending on the type of seed you sow, some plants may take a few months while others even a few years to grow and bear fruits. You have to give “proper” time to your plants. But when it comes to our investments, we want to be a millionaire overnight. We hardly give the time that is required for our investments to deliver returns. Hence, we often end up with poor returns or losses. This requires a drastic change in our mindset. Unless we are patient enough, there is no hope of making money.
There is one more issue… it is difficult to grow a tree in a desert. You need a good soil for it. Similarly, it is difficult to grow your money in a weak economic environment. Since worldwide the economy has been witnessing difficult times in the last few years, growth of money too has been stunted. But now the economic scenario across US, Europe and the emerging markets is improving. This is likely to provide a ‘nurturing and caring’ economic climate that will aid in growing our money tree.
The MT4 platform supports automated trading, or system trading. Automated trading involves developing an objective set of rules for trade entries and exits, and programming the rules in the platform’s proprietary language (MQL4 in this case) so that the platform can handle all of the associated analytical and trading processes. Perhaps the biggest advantage of automated trading is the ability to remove some of the emotion from trading. Since these systems can trade completely mechanically based on the predetermined rules of a trading plan, dealing with losses or second-guessing a trade entry will not affect system performance. Another significant advantage to trade automation is that the trades are automatically executed with extremely fast reaction times.
An automated trading system must clearly identify buy, sell, stop-loss and profit-target rules. In other words, the system must identify the conditions under which a trade will be initiated (whether a long or a short trade), when the trade should be closed at a loss, and when the trade should be closed at a profit.
The various benefits of automated trading make it a helpful tool for traders, but it is important to remember that certain aspects of automation can fail. For example, if the connection to the Internet or data server is lost, the trader must recognize the error and manually fix the problem. If left unnoticed, a position could unintentionally be left naked in the market (without stop-loss or take profit orders).
MetaEditor is MT4’s interface used for creating, editing and compiling program source codes written in MetaQuotes Language 4 (MQL4), MT4’s proprietary programming language. An Expert Advisors Wizard is a built-in feature of the MetaEditor that assists in the creation of new MQL4 programs. Once a program has been written, it must be compiled in MetaEditor. After successful compiling, the executable program code can be launched and/or tested in the MT4 Terminal. Traders can create several distinct programs using the MetaEditor:
Expert Advisors – programs in the terminal that have been developed in MQL4 and used for the automation of analytical and trading processes. Some platforms refer to these as strategies.
Custom Indicators – programs developed in MQL4 by the user to function as a technical indicator. Custom indicators are intended for analyzing price activity but not for trading itself.
Scripts – programs written in MQL4 and intended to perform a single execution of some action. A script can fulfill both analytical and trading functions. Once a script has completed its function once, it automatically stops.
Are you willing to invest in a more long-term and reliable organic traffic source for your website? Then let’s look at a search engine that can assist you in increasing your traffic.
Interview an Influencer or Get Interviewed by a High-traffic Website
Have you heard of Tim Ferriss, the author of the Four-Hour Work Week?
His podcast is nowadays a staple content type that he provides to his viewers. Tim’s show has world-class performers who share their insights on a variety of topics, and he is well-liked on social media. Do Tim’s fans enjoy the show? So far, the show has received over 50 million downloads. On most days, it’s the most popular business podcast on iTunes.
Interviews, whether on video or audio, are inherently conversational, lively, and engaging. The great aspect is that it’s a win-win situation for both sides. The interviewer is exposed to a new audience, while the interviewee is able to provide his website visitors with new fascinating and authoritative information. You can ask an industry influencer to share your interview with their followers on social media if you interview them. Consider the organic traffic you’ll get from their social media followers, which number in the hundreds of thousands. Consider the level of interest generated by a prior Derek Sivers interview on the Tim Ferriss Show. Derek shared the show’s URL with his 283K followers on Twitter. It won’t hurt if you establish a relationship with the influencer as a result of the interview.
Similarly, being interviewed by a high-ranking website can result in a significant increase in search engine traffic. Harsh Agrawal’s blog, Shoutmeloud, received 35,000+ views in a single day after he was profiled by YourStory. That was the blog’s most popular search engine traffic source (with 600,000+ monthly visitors). Because interviews provide consolidated value, they can be used as a long-term lead generating source for your company. Consider how many bloggers you’ve learned about through interviews on YouTube and other high-authority websites.
You may also conduct a Reddit AMA if you have a very compelling storey to tell. Mateen’s AMA got about generating $85,000 in profit by selling TeeSpring shirts/hoodies received 2000 page views. He also boosted the number of visitors to his website on a daily basis.
By registering as a source with HARO, you can also answer queries from journalists. On HARO, Christopher from Snappa came across this question from Inc Magazine about the future of content marketing. He swiftly responded with a thorough response. He was mentioned in Inc a few weeks later as a result of this. HARO is an excellent strategy to have your brand mentioned on authoritative news sites such as Entrepreneur and Inc. Those backlinks will enhance your search engine traffic and increase your marketing strategy by improving your reputation in Google’s eyes. Contact an SEO agency to find out how you can do this and how they can manage it for you while you work on the bottom line of your business.