Global equity and commodity markets are currently seeing some significant fluctuations lately. As was mentioned in one of our last blog posts titled “Stock Market Make You Worried? Take a Walk in Your Woods,” it’s become more difficult to predict why these markets move the way they do. Certainly, there are some very visible events that influence investing trends, but the predictability of the market has become much more of an art than science over the years. This week’s news that the Administration is talking about placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports created another mild panic, as stocks again lost ground again after mostly recovering from the “correction” that occurred several weeks back. Fears of a global trade war beginning have some advisors suggesting caution going forward, as Canada, the European Union and other countries (including China) may retaliate and create additional uncertainties that make specific equity sectors very unattractive – at least in the short term.
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Strong demand and moderately low inventories (mostly due to weather conditions) have created a steady and strong transactional situation in general across the industry. Log prices are seeing the effects of this consistent demand for lumber and have increased in response.
The Spotted Lanternfly is the latest invasive species to infest the Northeast. While it is currently only found in Southeastern PA, the Department of Agriculture is hoping to keep it that way. We need your help to stop the #SpottedLanternfly from spreading. It is a major threat to some of our most valuable commodities, including: hardwoods, grapes, hops, stone fruits, apples, etc. Early detection is vital to control this invasive pest and protect the region’s agriculture and natural resources-related businesses.
Investing in timberland may be unfamiliar to most mainstream investors… but it’s no stranger to institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. Sources from 2014 indicate that large institutional investors have over $45 billion invested globally in timberland… and this trend has continued to accelerate. It was reported in 2014 that in the US alone, Timber Investment Management Organizations (management groups that specifically aid institutional investors and high net worth individuals in managing their timberland investments) managed over 23 million acres of forestland investments, representing approximately 7% of total privately owned timberland. So what is it that entices investors enough to spend over $45 billion to invest in timberland - what makes it such an attractive investment?
“Steady as she goes” is the sentiment in general with hardwood demand, as many mills report consistency in orders coming in. Production is steady as well, some mills even working […]
Prices for almost all species generally held their own this past week, and sellers remained optimistic “about the rest of the summer – and the year.” Production was down a […]
After taking a week off from reporting, we can report continuing active movement in the lumber markets for the key species of interest. Domestic demand for hardwood lumber has been […]