Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

August 1, 2017: Vol. 10, Number 7

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From the Current Issue


Investing in social infrastructure: European lessons, global opportunities

Social infrastructure today is probably the smallest infrastructure sector as measured by the value of private financing. Investments in everything from hospitals and schools to courts and municipal buildings — social infrastructure — are typically structured as public-private partnerships in which an investor, over a long term, can enjoy a stable revenue stream defined upfront.


The infrastructure asset class: far from retrograde

Stocks or equities, fixed income or bonds, and real estate or other tangible assets — these are the big contenders; the kinds of assets your mind will most likely land on when considering what kind of investments a portfolio should contain in the current investing environment.


If it’s broke, why can’t we fix it? U.S. infrastructure continues to degrade despite the obvious need for repairs

As the editor of a U.S.-based publication focused on private investment in infrastructure, I often get asked, in one form or another, “Why can’t the United States get its act together and fix its infrastructure?” That is more than a fair question, the premise of which is usually centered on the United States’ reputation as the world’s leading capitalist economy. “If private investment in infrastructure is going to work anywhere, it should work in the United States,” the thinking goes.


Debt-fund market share refuses to grow: No infrastructure debt fund has finalized YTD 2017

During the past three years, the percentage of debt funds versus equity funds reaching a final close has crept up from 8.8 percent in 2014 to 13.3 percent in 2016. The percentage of capital raised by these funds compared to equity funds, however, has remained relatively steady — starting at 7.2 percent in 2014, rising to 8.6 percent in 2015 and then falling back a bit to 7.8 percent in 2016. YTD 2017, however, is throwing a wrench into the narrative.


Shipping volumes increase at U.S. seaports

Many warehouse/distribution markets are dependent on the strength of local shipping business. The health of seaports on the West and East coasts are, therefore, vital to the continued success of the industrial sector in the United States. A new report from Colliers International, U.S. Seaport Outlook, examines U.S. seaports and their current shipping volumes. A strengthening U.S. economy should support trade volumes at ports on both coasts.

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