IPD and its parent company MSCI have launched the IPD Global Infrastructure Direct Asset Index. According to a statement, the index describes the investment performance of infrastructure investments irrespective of the investment vehicle structure in which those investments are held.
From the Current Issue
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is planning to grow its infrastructure portfolio by $5 billion in the next three years, increasing the program from $1.8 billion to $6.7 billion by fiscal year 2016-17.
Many institutional investors have had cold feet when it comes to renewable energy investment. As fiduciaries, the biggest question they have about renewable energy assets is whether they can deliver strong risk-adjusted returns that are stable and long term — returns that, like most energy investments, can depend on the speed of advancing technologies and on energy policies that can be reworked and repealed each election cycle.
Infrastructure as an asset class is really just a teenager, quips Danny Latham, partner, Unlisted Infrastructure, with Colonial First State Global Asset Management. This growing up may be happening right now, given the confluence of needs among municipalities, investors and society that is bringing things to a head.
Being the editor of IREI’s Institutional Investing in Infrastructure publication affords me a 30,000-foot view of the infrastructure investment world. The market is, of course, a global endeavor — participants invest in toll roads in Australia, water projects in California, hospitals in Canada, airports in the United Kingdom, solar farms in Spain, natural gas pipelines in Norway and more. And in each of these markets are overlays of politics and public policy, regulatory decision-making, and a host of other considerations unique to each market and each investment.