When it comes to commodities, crude oil, gold and even corn dominate the headlines. And for good reason – the trio, along with maybe copper, are some of the most important natural resources on the planet. But they are also pretty exciting to read about.
You know what’s not exciting to read about? Water.
And yet, water may be the better long-term investment. Low supply, aging infrastructure and rapidly increasing demand all underscore the reason why investors need to have a tall drink of water in their portfolios.
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Low Supplies, High Demand
Here in the developed world, we take water for granted. After all, we just have to walk over to a faucet, turn on a tap and there it is. But that’s an oddity when looking at the world as a whole. Sure, the majority of our planet is covered by water. But the reality is that only about only 3% of that water is considered fresh and drinkable. Even then, much of it is locked up in glaciers, groundwater and soil. Less than 1% of the world’s water supply is easily accessible freshwater.