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- June 1, 2015: Vol. 2, Number 6

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Wanted: Trillions of Dollars: New financial instruments might finally put sorely needed private dollars to work

by Andree Blais

Many have reported on the trillions of dollars needed to meet the nation’s infrastructure needs. We are all acutely aware of the challenges the public sector is facing finding money to develop public assets.  The overall conclusion is that private capital is essential to address the infrastructure gap.

One would expect ample opportunity for high-net-worth individuals to invest in infrastructure in the United States. While some opportunities exist, private capital is not yet an established funding source for such projects in the United States. However, with some changes at the federal level to available financing tools, options for private investment in infrastructure will increase.

In the traditional and most prevalent financing model, many public agencies seeking to develop public assets have the option of issuing tax-exempt bonds to finance the project. While public agencies favor the low-cost capital available through tax-exempt bonds as a financing

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