Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

June 1, 2021: Vol. 14, Number 6

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Global listed infrastructure report: Essential news and notes

The GLIO Index of infrastructure companies advanced for the second consecutive month (3.5 percent) in April. Year-to-date (April 30) the GLIO Index is 7.5 percent. Electric (3.5 percent) and water utilities (4.9 percent), energy transportation (5.5 percent), toll-roads (7.2 percent) and telecom infrastructure (7.8 percent) all posted good numbers in April. Railroads also pushed forward (0.9 percent) in a month when Canadian National (CN) offered $33.7 billion for Kansas City Southern.


Digital infrastructure fuels data center market

Data centers, one of the fastest growing real estate sectors pre-pandemic, remained strong in 2020, as businesses reconfigured their digital infrastructure to improve their remote work capabilities, and tech giants and cloud service providers raced to meet consumer and corporate demand, according to CBRE.


Social infrastructure investment: P3s in social infrastructure

There is an academic view that P3 works best with user fees. The link between asset quality and service quality is typically stronger in roads and ports, for example, than in hospitals and schools, which makes the social infrastructure less contractible and renegotiable (Välilä 2020b). “[P3] works less well where returns need to be enhanced by a public subsidy, the 13 terms of which are liable to change,” (The Economist, April, 22 2017). Such issues tend to be even stronger in developing countries with weaker institutions and governance (Estache 2010).


Infrastructure 101: A guide to white papers and reports focused on infrastructure investing

Infrastructure has always supported America’s economic competitiveness. Canals, railroads, and telegraph lines opened the country’s hinterland to global trade partners, brought money back to our shores, and attracted immigrants to chase their own opportunities. The engineering around paved roads, mass transit, telephone lines, managed water and electricity systems allowed our cities and towns to flourish as new types of housing, factories and offices grew around these physical systems. From rural farms to busy urban neighborhoods, infrastructure is our economic foundation.

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