Agriculture and bitcoin don’t have much in common. Bitcoin was created in 2009 while agricultural communities began to form about 10,000 years ago.
Buffett isn’t known for being an agricultural investor, but he sees value in an asset class that’s critical to the sector — farmland. His point is if you buy farmland, you hold a tangible asset that produces food.
“If you said, for a 1% interest in all the farmland in the United States, pay our group $25 billion, I’ll write you a check this afternoon,” Buffett says.
Of course, you don’t need to have $25 billion to invest in U.S. farmland. Publicly traded real estate investment trusts — that specialize in owning farms — allow you to do it with as little money as you’re willing to spend.
Plus, new investing services allow you to invest in farmland by taking a stake in a farm of your choice. You’ll earn cash income from the leasing fees and crop sales — and any long-term appreciation on top of that.
With inflation running hot, the prices of agricultural commodities including corn and soybeans are soaring to new highs.
Apartment buildings are another asset that Buffett wouldn’t mind owning at the right price.
“[If] you offer me 1% of all the apartment houses in the country and you want another $25 billion, I’ll write you a check. It’s very simple,” the legendary investor says.
Whether the economy is booming or in a recession, people need a place to live. And with real estate prices rising to unaffordable levels in many parts of the country, renting has become the only option for many people.
You can always buy an apartment building yourself, find tenants and collect the monthly rent checks. Of course, apartment-focused REITs can do that for you.
And if REITs don’t provide the stability you’re looking for, there are more “private” ways to get involved.
For instance, some popular investing services make it possible to lock in a steady rental income stream by investing in premium real estate properties, from commercial developments in Los Angeles to residential apartments in NYC.
You’ll gain access to high-end properties that are typically off-limits to retail investors, and you’ll receive regular payouts in the form of quarterly dividend distributions.
Pour your portfolio a glass of recession resistance
Fine wine is a sweet comfort in any situation — and now it can make your investment portfolio a little more comfortable, too.
Ownership in real assets like fine wine could be the diversification you need to protect your portfolio against the volatile effects of inflation and recession. High-net-worth investors have kept this secret to themselves for too long.
Now a platform called Vinovest helps everyday buyers invest in fine wines — no sommelier certification required.
Vinovest automatically selects the best wines for your portfolio based on your goals, and it tells you the best times to sell to get the best value for your wine.