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Investment Opportunities in 2012 by Obelisk International News

10-04-2011 06:47 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Obelisk International - Brazilian Investments

Obelisk International - Brazilian Investments

With the global economy fluctuating wildly, finding the best investment opportunity is challenging. Obelisk International takes a look at global investments and offers a pick of the best for 2012.

In the midst of the ongoing global uncertainty, many conventional investment opportunities are no longer staples for returns. In this scenario, investors are increasingly searching for that ‘safe haven’ for private investment. As a result, conserving wealth as well as building on it is a top priority when sourcing investment opportunities.

Security is Priority

“Over the last two years, we’ve noticed that money-back options are priority for investors,” comments Gary Hardacre, CEO at Obelisk International. He believes that this reflects the current economic uncertainty. “Our Brazilian investments provide that tandem of a financial cushion plus profits,” says Mr Hardacre, “with the advantage of money back after just one year.”

These opportunities for investment are found in Brazilian real estate, one of the few global property markets where domestic demand drivers guarantee sustained growth for at least the next decade. The niche market selected by Obelisk International within Brazilian property is social housing, which enjoys the security of 100% government backing and financing.

Mortgages in Brazil

Part and parcel of real estate in Brazil is the fast-growing mortgage market, another area where Obelisk International believes there are excellent investment opportunities. “The potential for growth in Brazilian mortgages is massive,” Mr Hardacre explains.

Home loans currently represent just 5% of Brazil’s GDP and according to the President of the Brazilian Central Bank, Alexandre Tombini, this should rise to 15% over the next decade. “This growth and the solidity of the Brazilian banking system make mortgages an interesting sector for investment in Brazil,” says Mr Hardacre.

Feeding the World

Along with a booming market for real estate, Brazil presents a wealth of other investment opportunities. Its plentiful natural resources include vast tracts of agricultural land (19% of the world’s arable land) making Brazil a major player in global food supplies. This role will increase in importance as the world’s population grows.

As a result, many private investment advisors tip Brazilian agriculture. Investments take the form of purchasing agricultural land, farms or food production companies or investing directly in food commodities in Brazil. Soya bean and wheat are among the best investment opportunity.

Some analysts believe fast food chains have excellent investment potential. Fast food stuffs are gaining rapid ground in many African and Middle Eastern countries leading to investment opportunities in shares either in the fast food brands themselves or in supplier companies.

Gold & Francs

Investment analysts are unanimous that opportunities for investment in 2012 will continue to include two traditional safe havens for wealth – gold and Swiss francs. Both have performed exceptionally well during 2010 and 2011, and are perceived as secure deposits by individuals and institutions alike.

Gold prices have reached record highs this year reflecting huge investor confidence in the precious metal. Gold is therefore an expensive investment option for first-time buyers, although since the global economy looks unlikely to recover over the next year, gold will remain a safe investment opportunity during 2012.

Switzerland with its political stability and solid balance sheets continues a favourite investment bolt hole. Its currency, the Swiss franc, has traditionally provided investment security. Investors in the franc have seen excellent returns this year, a pattern expected to repeat itself in 2012.

On Balance

Economic patterns are notoriously difficult to predict and are even more so in the current climate. While 2012 will undoubtedly bring its share of financial uncertainty, Obelisk International believes carefully-chosen investment opportunities will provide security and profit.

Along with gold and Swiss francs, emerging markets are undeniably the place to be, although not all markets or investments carry the all-important security. For Obelisk International, Brazil - particularly its real estate and mortgage markets - brings together all the right ingredients for some of the best investment opportunities for 2011 and 2012.

About Obelisk International: Obelisk International offers select investment opportunities in Brazil in a range of sectors such as social housing, residential real estate and construction. Obelisk gives investors security, profitability and diversity thanks to a combination of close attention to our clients' investment requirements and high quality in-house research and analysis.

For more information on Brazilian investments and to find out about Obelisk International’s latest opportunities for investment in Brazil, contact us on 0034 952 820 319. Via email: or visit our website: Follow us on Twitter – @obeliskinvest and Facebook. Join the Obelisk International network on LinkedIn.

Obelisk International
Apdo de Correos 977
Marbella, Spain
Tel: +34 952 820 319

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