Islamic bonds

Should the U.S. Government Sell Islamic Bonds?

Sukuk (aka Islamic bonds) are Sharia-compliant bonds which do not pay interest.  Instead, they give the bond holder partial ownership of an asset and allow them to collect a portion of the income or rents that the asset generates.  At the end of the term, the bond holder doesn’t necessarily get all of their initial investment back.  They…

pawn license

Are Pawn Licenses Valuable?

The pawn business is an extremely tough, hands-on business.  You are loaning money, often on jewelry, to people that often are only seeking out your services as a last resort.  You have a multitude of laws you have to deal with.  Politicians may accuse you of taking advantage of people, while your clients may try…

easements

How to Get Cash Now for a Cell Phone Tower, Billboard or Other Lease

If you own commercial land, its possible someone might have contacted you about ground leasing part of your property for some other use.  These might include leases for billboards, cell towers, windmills, solar panels, underground fiber optic cables, driveway or other access, ice machine placement, or food truck or food vending parking.  If you work…

backyard chickens

Can You Make Money with Backyard Chickens?

Backyard chickens have become increasingly popular in urban areas for many reasons.  They allow city and suburban dwellers to connect with the land like a farmer does, they provide fresh tasty eggs at no cost, and they become loved like other pets for some owners.  Having a dozen free eggs a week, however, may save…

timberland

How Much Money Does Timberland Make?

Investors have long been attracted to timberland as an alternative investment.  Once you own the land, the trees just grow biologically; there is no rent to collect and relative to many other forms of real estate (including farm land), it is relatively low management.  Timberland tends to have a low correlation with the stock market and…

billboard

Can I Build a Billboard on My Property?

You may own land on a highway or busy street.  Whether the land is undeveloped or even has a building on it, you might have the perfect spot picked out to place a billboard.  Nearby billboards might be renting for thousands of dollars a month and you might even be able to price out what it…

UNUSUAL INVESTMENTS