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Why natural capital now?

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Current market turmoil alongside global commitments to transition to a low-carbon economy have highlighted requirements for investment portfolios that traditional asset classes alone cannot meet.

Over the past year, impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have produced major supply chain disruptions contributing to market volatility, historically high inflation rates and aggressive monetary policies. Traditional asset classes, such as public equities and fixed income, have been heavily impacted by inflation-induced volatility, falling by 15% and 10% year-over-year, respectively.1 Over the same period, timberland and farmland indexes were up 12% and 10%, respectively,1 highlighting the importance of diversified portfolios to preserve investment value.

Beyond these portfolio-level benefits, natural capital investments can generate quantifiable climate benefits and contribute positively to global sustainability goals.

We examine the financial and environmental benefits of natural capital investments, specifically timberland and farmland, that make them ideal assets to meet the needs of today's institutional portfolios.

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1Sources: Bloomberg; NCREIF; Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; NNC Research

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