The right way to invest in water?

As California runs out of water, buying water rights is looking like an increasingly smart investment play.

The water rights market is superficially attractive to investors, but the devil lies in the detail. Although the supply of water is fixed and demand is continuously growing, the value of water rights is highly complex. The most important issue is portability: can the right be sold to users beyond the immediate vicinity of the current owner? Politics, agricultural commodity prices and...

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