According to ArchAtlas, the earliest evidence of long-distance trade involved obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock.

Obsidian, along with the arrowheads, spear points, knife blades and scrapers created from this dark, shiny substance, was recognized for its value long before the spread of forests during the late glacial period, when it first circulated among Epipalaeolithic hunting and foraging groups around the Fertile Crescent. Archaeologists further suggest that ancient people mined and then traded obsidian and obsidian objects with their 'neighbors' – incredibly – over distances of up to a thousand miles.

Asset trading, especially among long distance partners, continued to play a major role throughout more modern history.

From the water-aided trade executed by the Phoenicians thousands of years BC to the exchanging of goods aided by caravans of camels thousands of years later, from the trades executed by the Vikings in the 9th century AD to the historic trade missions of Marco Polo centuries later, the concept of value for value trades executed over long distances helped to shape the ever-emerging world economy as well as the wealth and prosperity of those directly involved in those creative exchanges.

Fast forward to today.

Uncertain worldwide markets. Fluctuating currency exchange rates. Deflationary pricing influences. Burdensome tax concerns. Ultra limited funding sources. There’s only one thing that has stayed constant: real value. Simply put, real value is how much a desired object is worth relative to another object or objects. It seems our prehistoric kin had it right in the first place when they sought real value in exchange for obsidian from a long distance trade partner.

You understand real value.

You know exactly what you would take in a fair exchange for your asset from an exchange partner, located just miles away or halfway around the world, who you’ve yet to meet. We are here to help that value for value asset trade become a reality. It is all we do. And we do it in an exemplary manner.