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- October 1, 2015: Vol. 8, Number 9

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Port of interest: infrastructure investors are finding ports have a lot more to offer than meets the eye

by Zoe Wolff

During the past 15 to 20 years, infrastructure has evolved from being largely government funded to allowing for private investor participation. One subsector within infrastructure investing that U.S. investors are learning more about is ports, and as these assets become more available to investors, many struggle with where to begin.

There are more ways to invest in port infrastructure than one might think. It is not only about buying port terminals themselves, but investing in companies that already own port terminals or in support infrastructure such, as roads and rail.

Because ports are found worldwide — almost every continent has at least one — there is a wide variety of an investment opportunity, and many of these assets are massive operations, handling more cargo than any other mode of shipping.

For example, according to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, 95 percent of overseas trade produced or consumed by the Unit

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