Introduction to Timberland Investing

Timberland investment offers many attractive benefits to investors, including portfolio diversification (low volatility and correlation to other major asset classes), attractive risk/return profile, serving as inflation hedge and a solid cash flow potential. ​

The renewable nature of this asset class and its positive role in carbon sequestration provide good investment opportunities for those investors that place Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mitigation of climate change high on their agendas.


Other Research

Binkley, C., Washburn, C. and Aronow, M.E. 2001. “Timberland as a Portfolio Diversifier”.

Carroll, B. 2003. “Applying Modern Portfolio Theory to Timberland Allocation”.

Lacy, P. 2006. “Forest investment: the emergence of timberland as an asset class”.

Lausti, A. 2004. ”The inflation-hedging characteristics of forest ownership, private housing and stocks in Finland”.

Lutz, J. 2007. “Inflation and Timberland Returns”.

Lutz, J. 2004. “The Anti-Correlation Heresy. Timberland is negatively correlated with stocks – or is it?”.

Mercer. 2011. “Climate Change Scenarios – Implications for Strategic Asset Allocation”.

Mercer, 2006. “Timberland as an investment for institutional portfolios”.

NCREIF. Timberland Returns.

Scholtens, B. & Spierdijky, L. 2008. “The Diversification Properties of US Timberland: A Mean-Variance Approach”.


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