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Portfolio restructuring over the last 4 months

by Market Uncle on August 14, 2010

Partially divested First Ship Lease Trust(FSLT) into Pacific Shipping Trust(PST) on 29 June 2010

I can count myself ‘unlucky’ that FSLT had 2 of its ships returned prematurely and took a big hit to its total outstanding contractual revenue and just blame this on the ‘business’ risk. But looking further into the business to understand that the risk is actually much higher than I thought actually attributes more blame to myself. The high yield comes at a price that I sadly have to pay. Most of the contracts are made when shipping rates are over inflated and ships overvalued. When all things come crashing down, the odds are basically heavily stacked against FSLT. It is already fortunate that only 2 ships are returned. The only good news in this midst of this gloom is that the worse for shipping seems over. Though the global economy is still not on firm …

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