Matt Golab, Elk Grove Investment Advisor asks, "Is Water the Next Bull Market?"
Looking at the age of the countries water infrastructure, the cost of repairs and maintenance, a drought in California and other regions have caused many to wonder where the water market will be heading in 2014.
Golab goes on, "Recently I was reading Private Wealth Magazine and there was an article titled 'Investing in Blue Gold.' The article talks about water as a part of an investment portfolio and some advisors are viewing the attack on clean water as an opportunity for their clients accounts to grow with stability."
The reason some advisors are beginning to place small amounts of their clients assets into water related positions is that water is usually viewed as uncorrelated to the major market indexes and is usually a defensive portion in an account.
Matt goes on, "You might be thinking about how much of the earths surface is covered by water but the vast majority is unable to be consumed, either because of ice, salt water, or contamination. Population growth is also causing countries water supplies to be tightened and the fear of droughts is also causing governments to take notice."
According to the National Intelligence Council forecast, overpopulation and weather-related disasters half of the world could face water shortages in under 20 years. Water is different than other commodities because of how difficult it is to transport and how it has to be transported.
As far as industries go water is the third largest in the world after oil and gas and electricity. Despite the amount of wasted water by consumers the public water and sewer segment is also causing water investments to become more attractive.
In the U.S. alone there is more than 72,000 miles of water mains that are nearly a hundred years old and hundreds of thousands of these mains break every year. Private Wealth Magazine goes on to say "the (U.S.) largest per capita consumer of water in the world, loses 1.7 trillion gallons of water to leaks annually, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
"Government funds will not be enough to keep the needed repairs and maintenance going on these systems which will cause an increasing demand for private investments,"
Not only is transportation an issue but water is something that can be manipulated by things outside of a manufacturers control, for example a drought. Right now in California there is a drought that has not been seen for decades. In some areas water restrictions are already in place and it's only January. Some wells in rural areas are running muddy which will force them to have water hauled in causing further difficulties. Water resources and recreations are also being impacted months in advance of the traditional season.
Water will never become a security because of the difficulty in pricing, storing, and transporting but there is the possibility of buying water right or through funds that own water rights. Owning water rights is a very long term investment, while uncorrelated to major indexes it is not something to invest in lightly.
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