When a client first said four years ago that he planned to invest in Hawaiian koa wood trees, Gary Hutto was skeptical. Hutto, a financial advisor in Orange, Calif., didn't argue because the amount was relatively small, less than $10,000.
The next year, when the client said he planned to multiply that amount by five times, Hutto balked. He decided to investigate. Since then, he's invested more than 20% of his own retirement assets in the trees.
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