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Ensuring financial freedom is a goal for most people. Investing your pension in only one highly specialized fund could be too risky. Inflation is growing steadily throughout the world’s economies, with cash investments gradually losing their value. Is there an alternative investment option?

Investing in revenue streams that earn you a positive cash flow is key; learning to handle inflation and balancing your portfolio is crucial and this can be achieved by combining a diverse set of assets.

Many investors over the past five years have been badly bitten, by even the most solidly performing shares; these investors are looking to income-producing real estate as an alternative.

Tax-free cash flow

One of the main benefits of income-producing real estate is: because of depreciation and mortgage interest deductions (if you leverage your capital), tax-free cash flows. The investor can wait for capital gains on the sale of the property in the future, without ever paying taxes on the cash flow.

Increased tax deduction strategies

Depending on your tax status your rental property will not only provide tax-free cash flow but can be used as a tax deduction against other sources of income. Before investing it is recommended that you consult a tax professional.

Portfolio diversification

Another advantage of investing in real estate is the opportunity to spread your risk. Real estate has a low or negative correlation with other major asset classes. This means that having real estate in your portfolio can reduce volatility and provide a higher return per unit of risk.

Inflation hedging

Countries in the developing world are struggling to keep inflation under control. Consumer prices in Mexico increased by 2.87 percent year-on-year in February 2016. Higher prices of food and housing continue to push inflation upwards. Real estate investments have historically shown the highest correlation to inflation in comparison with other asset classes, such as the stock market, treasury bonds, and corporate bonds.

As governments continue to print money in order to stimulate growth, having an income-producing real estate asset as a hedge against this inflation is a smart move. In general, when inflation rises, the price of real estate, especially multi-tenant assets with a high ratio of labor and replacement costs, will rise in tandem.

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