In-House Research Leads to Investment Success

Research plays a crucial role in all phases of our investment process from acquisitions to property management to dispositions. Our research publications are used to educate potential investors, while keeping our current clients informed of topics relevant to their portfolio.

All of our in-house research publications are accessible to the public.

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2010 January: US Farmland and othe Real Assets

Institutional investors find farmland to be an attractive long-term investment that offers capital preservation, historically strong performance, a current income return component, low to moderate risk and favorable diversification characteristics. Farmland is a major asset class with over $1.9 trillion in total asset value across the U.S., according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Of that, approximately $300-400 billion is institutional-quality farmland. Institutional investors own approximately $2.0 billion in prime U.S. farm real estate, as measured by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) Farmland Index as of December 31, 2009.

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2009: The Impact of Value of the United States Dollar on US Agriculture and the Farmland Asset Class

What is happening to the value of the US dollar? Since 2002, the US dollar has experienced a gradual weakening relative to the world’s major currencies. Between 2002 and 2008, the US dollar lost nearly 40% of its value. This trend abruptly changed in 2008 during the height of the global financial crisis when investors viewed the dollar as a safe port, in a stormy global financial sea. Between April of 2008 and March of 2009, the value of the US dollar increased by 22%. Since its peak in March of 2009, the dollar has again reversed course and has declined by 15% since then. (From the dollars spring 2009 peak, it has declined by 11% against the Yen, 16% against the Euro, 21% against the Canadian dollar, 30% against the Australian dollar, and 30% against the Brazilian real. Historically, major currencies do not move more than 20% from their long-term averages, and the US dollar is closing in on a decline of 20% from its long-term average. Conventional wisdom would suggest that the dollar may be poised for a rebound, yet some economists warn of the potential for material additional weakening of the US dollar.

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2007 Summer: Acquisitions Update

The Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) is enhancing its sourcing strategy for U.S. farmland investments. With the addition of Kenneth Warlick in the newly created role of Director of Acquisitions, HAIG seeks to complement and expand its current acquisitions program to meet the needs of its growing client base. (See complete write-up on Warlick on page 4.) Currently, most acquisitions are sourced through HAIG’s U.S. property manager, Farmland Management Services (FMS) and their network of farm managers, tenants, brokers and other contacts. This network will continue to source properties for HAIG clients

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