Stay away from: Cacao-investment.de , Lifeforestry.com , InvestInvent.ch

Today I was reading the online financial news on http://www.nzz.ch and came across some ads deployed by Ligatus which is part of Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co. KG which in turn is the largest European printing and publishing firm. Its headquarters is in Hamburg, Germany. Ligatus generates a lot of revenue from ads like this:

Teak-Kakao

These ads basically promise 9-12% guaranteed or sure returns. Considering the current low interest rate (risk free rate) that is somewhere below 1% such promises or guarantees seem too good to be true.

In addition to http://cacao-investment.de (run by Agrofinanz GmbH) and http://ligatus-ch.lifeforestry.com other companies run ads on large news websites like http://www.nzz.ch and http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch :

InvestInventAG

InvestInvent AG is supposedly (according to their website) only targeting HNWI, institutional investors and energy companies. This seems a strange way to target those people, i.e. with an ad telling you to call them (where promises and false statements can be made and less evidence is collected).

As a financial analyst and portfolio manager also looking out for private investors, I would have to advise against anyone handing over any money to these companies. Additionally I would put a question mark behind Ligatus and Gruner & Jahr ethics standards!

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