Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

March 3, 2014: Vol. 7, Number 3

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Infrastructure

Open-door policy: Mexico has decided to allow foreign direct investment into its oil and gas markets for the first time in 75 years

In January, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto stood before heads of state and business leaders from around the globe and declared 2014 as the year private companies would start investing in his country’s energy sector. Peña Nieto’s statement, made in such a global setting, represented a historic shift in Mexico’s energy policy.

Infrastructure

Defining contributions: Australian superannuation funds have been pioneers in solving some of infrastructure investing

The conventional wisdom tells us that defined contribution retirement plans are ill suited to invest in infrastructure — the sector lacks liquidity, requires too much capital and too much long-term planning. But how then could Australia, a nation with 90 percent of its pension assets in DC plans, have arguably the highest proportion of pension assets allocated to infrastructure worldwide (according to Pension Fund Investment in Infrastructure: A Comparison between Australia and Canada by OECD?

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