Reasons to DiversifyYour Portfolio in Panama
HOW ORGANIC FARMING CAN BE A SUSTAINABLE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
by Evie Brooks
hile many investors focus on accumulating positive
cashflow through rental proper - ties and/or investing in stocks, sustainable agriculture is a great way to diversify your port- folio in 2020 as part of a “Plan B.” Based on teaching interna- tional real estate investing for decades and being a “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Elite Trainer in Costa Rica, I have found investing in organic farming in Panama to be a sound investment strategy. After leaving Costa Rica in 2014, I was grateful to discover hard- to-find investment opportuni - ties in Panama in real estate and sustainable agriculture. Now, I travel between Atlanta, Georgia, and Veracruz, Panama, hosting VIP Tours for a maxi-
Real Estate Educator Evie Brooks and retired NASCAR Driver Rich Bickle visit the smart greenhouses in Panama during one of her VIP Tours.
mum of 14 people at a time to educate global investors, retirees, and people who want to become expats on “All Things Panama.” And during this global pandemic, there has never been a greater awareness of our basic needs for food, water, and shelter. Eating is never going out of style, and especially organic fruit and vegetables that are grown in Panama on USDA certified land. So why invest in organic farming in Panama, and why now? 1 Global population growth ensures high demand for organic food - Based on the United Nation’s global population growth estimates of 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.8 billion by 2050, demand for USDA certified organic farming will continue to skyrocket, especially
for smart greenhouses and long-term investments in trees that are now available in Panama. 2 The growing Panama economy is called the “next Singapore” – Over the last 10 years, Panama’s GDP (before COVID-19), has been between 5.6 percent and 11.3 percent. As a business-friendly democracy using the U.S. Dollar and many tax breaks, this growing economy has been referred to as the “Next Singapore.” Panama City has seen many multinational companies (John Deere, Nike, Under Armor, Exxon, etc.) set up offices, along with a Panama Canal Expansion, metro, international airport, and a new Johns Hopkins-affiliated hospital. And their Cobre Copper Mine is predicted to generate more income than the Panama Canal.
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