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Weekend: Dare to Kill the King's Deer

Written By Nick Hodge

Posted June 11, 2011

Welcome to the Energy and Capital Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Energy and Capital and sister publication articles.

Driving home from Myrtle Beach last weekend, one of my friends asked me what single investment I thought was the best to make right now.

“Land,” I said, without hesitation.

It’s the one single thing all 6.9 billion of us need. We’ll hit seven billion later this month.

Within the framework of common law, you need land to secure water, food, shelter, and energy.

Property ownership is the one thing that’s separated economic classes for thousands of years. Remember the kid who dared to kill the king’s deer in Robin Hood?

And it’s still the ultimate sign of true wealth…

Ted Turner’s land holdings are bigger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined – over 2 million acres.

When you own land you are 100% secure. You can’t eat or drink stocks and gold coins.

Thing is, most of us aren’t financially equipped to buy two acres of land, let alone 2 million.

So what are you supposed to do?

Buy What’s on the Land

I took the liberty of subscribing to The Land Report in order to get a list of the top 100 landowners in the country and what they use it for.

Outside of conservation, the ultra-rich are using their land for three main things: Agriculture, Timber, Energy.

All three of those sectors have outperformed the market over the past year:

Land ETFs vs. Dow

There’s a reason the rich get richer.

That’s exactly why I tell you this…

Because unless you can afford to buy a decently-sized chunk of land in the next few years, you need to develop some sort of plan to increase and guard your money.

In the first quarter farmland values rose 20%. The Dow went up 7%

Over the past twelve months, land prices have recorded their biggest one-year rise in the last 32 years.

It’s no secret we think the world is running out of cheap oil. And as energy prices skyrocket, so will the price of all goods.

Cheap oil is what has allowed for cheap food, water, and goods in the post-industrial era.

But access to land is what will provide food, water, and goods in the post-oil era.

If you can’t own acres yourself, you at least need to be buying funds and assets that are related to land and what can be grown, harvested, or generated on it.

The agriculture, timber, and energy funds mentioned above are a good place to start.

And keeping up-to-date with Energy & Capital will make sure you don’t miss out on any information that can impact your financial and personal security as the balance between energy, food, water, and population grows evermore tenuous.

Call it like you see it,

Nick Hodge
Editor, Energy and Capital

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