Research plays a crucial role in all phases of our investment process from acquisitions to dispositions.

In-house and collaborative research underlies nearly all of our investment decisions. We write and produce several research documents on a regular basis. These publications are used to educate potential investors, while keeping our current clients informed of topics that may be relevant to their portfolio.



August 2017, Hancock Timber Research Brief: Mitigate the Risk of Catastrophic Loss with Active Forest Management and Portfolio

Twenty-six years of historical loss data indicate that the risk of a catastrophic loss for a timberland portfolio is low, at 0.11 percent per year on average of total global assets under management (AUM). Fire damage has been the leading cause of loss at just over 0.06 percent per year on average of total global AUM, followed by damage from storms, at nearly 0.05 percent.* Losses caused by natural events can be effectively mitigated with active forest management and portfolio diversification, while total revenue losses can be reduced with timber salvage operations.


2017 Q1, Hancock Timberland Investor: New Trade Restrictions on Canadian Softwood Lumber: Positive Support for U.S. Timberland Values, but Not a Game Changer

New duties and a potentially more restrictive long-term trade agreement on Canadian softwood lumber will support higher lumber prices and boost the market share of U.S. softwood lumber mills, but the potential positive impacts for U.S. timberland owners will be restrained. The expected boost in U.S. sawtimber demand tied to changes in trade policy is likely to be moderated by increasing imports of softwood lumber from non-Canadian suppliers. The benefits of the duties to U.S. timberland owners will be most pronounced in the U.S. West Coast, where higher lumber prices will more directly translate into increased sawtimber values.

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