Asset allocation model
Certain sectors have a reputation for being more or less recession-proof, staying stable and in-demand independent of overall market behavior. Agriculture and farming – the sectors responsible for feeding the world’s growing population – undoubtedly fit the bill. With that number rising at a 1.1% annual rate, these industries are more vital than ever, and investors will want in on the action.Farming and agriculture encompass far more than just producers. Agribusiness includes processing companies, equipment providers, and more, giving investors plenty of options to diversify. Top performers include seed and chemical giant Monsanto, massive producer and distributor Fresh Del Monte Product, and John Deere, who manufacture large- and small-scale agricultural equipment for farmers around the world.While global trade disputes can have an outsized effect on performance, commodity investing is tailor-made for the agriculture and farming sectors – think corn, soybeans, sugar, and other products. Investors can invest directly in farmland via REITs, or real estate investment trusts – Gladstone Land Corporation is a top performer. For investors looking for a mature sector with in-demand products, agriculture and farming is a wise bet.