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The Handbook of Personal Wealth Management, 8th Edition by Jonathan Reuvid

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Agricultural property investment

RICHARD BINNING, SAVILLS

Introduction

Investment in farmland has for many years been the preserve of farmers and wealthy families and for all but a few, of little interest to international investment houses. As concerns over food security become greater and the use of land for agriculture comes under pressure, the financial sector and some governments/sovereign wealth funds have now joined the increasing numbers of private investors who are appraising the investment opportunities. Some have already invested in the sector.

Their motives differ; the financial investors seek capital security, long-term risk-adjusted returns and portfolio diversification, while governments and sovereign wealth funds are looking ...

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