Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

June 1, 2014: Vol. 7, Number 6

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Infrastructure

There might be a pony in here: P3 could help fill the infrastructure spending gap

The Highway Trust Fund is in peril of becoming insolvent if it goes unfunded with yet another impending impasse in the United States Congress. To put this in perspective, if this funding does not go through, a potential 112,000 infrastructure and 5,600 transit projects will be delayed or stop and could result in the loss of 700,000 construction jobs in the next year. Institutional investors should pay attention to this unfolding story because it may lead to opportunities in the U.S. P3 market. 

Infrastructure

Check your local listings: As prices in private infrastructure markets rise and political and regulatory uncertainties mount, listed infrastructure has caught investors attention

Institutional investors have voted with their capital in recent years, supporting the argument that infrastructure can offer attractive risk-adjusted returns, yield and diversification characteristics that are distinct even from other real assets. This acceptance of private infrastructure is driving additional interest in listed forms of infrastructure investing. But, similar to other big real asset classes such as real estate, this interest has lagged the private side of the market. 

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