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Mayhew launches global timberland fund

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Mayhew Asset Management has launched the Mayhew Timber Fund I, which allows investors to invest in global timberland.

The fund, with a minimum investment of USD500,000, will invest directly in RMK Timberland Group’s Global Timberland Fund, which normally requires minimums of USD5m or more.

RMK, a timberland investment management organisation since 1981, invests in global timberland for clients that include Alcoa, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the University of Alabama Foundation.

“I’ve searched for years for a good, cost-effective way for investors who can’t allocate millions of dollars to timberland to invest,” says Alison Peeler, owner of Mayhew Asset Management, which is the adviser to the new fund. “The Mayhew Timber Fund provides that access, at a cost only slightly higher than the largest institutional investors pay.”

The Mayhew Timber Fund will generate returns through RMK’s purchase of timberland, management of the forests, sale of the timber, and finally sale of the properties. It is anticipated that the properties will be located in South America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the US.

“Timberland is a distinctive asset class, in that it isn’t dependent on the stock or bond markets,” says Peeler. “The trees grow, regardless. Another unique aspect of this fund is that it will be largely invested in overseas properties, where returns are excellent.”

The Mayhew Timber Fund I is offered directly from the investment adviser, Mayhew Asset Management.

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