Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

May 1, 2020: Vol. 13, Number 5

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

Building a bridge to sustainable infrastructure: Mapping the global initiatives that are paving the way by Mercer and the Inter-American Development Bank The complete report, which was published in 2016, is available at Excerpt: With increasing volumes of literature and mobilization efforts focused on this challenge, the Inter-American Development Bank commissioned Mercer to undertake an assessment of all current industry initiatives which categorize their efforts, review gaps and consider if they may be able to work together to more effectively bridge the sustainable infrastructure funding gap.


The roads of the future: Recycled plastics and solar panels could make future networks stronger, less expensive and even a source of energy production

The global road network is one of the largest systems ever built by man. In the United States alone, the total length of roadway exceeds 4.1 million miles — enough to circle the Earth 165 times. While relatively simple to build as compared to other structures, such as skyscrapers or dams, the sheer scale of the global network makes road construction one of the largest sources of material consumption on our planet.


The new modular housing: A proposed solution to the affordable housing crisis

Let’s trace, briefly, the overall trajectory of how we’ve come to build houses today. The first homes that humans occupied, and those for centuries to come, were built on-site, with whatever materials were available. Under these circumstances, homes didn’t have any set patterns or parameters, but were built up against topography and the elements however best the builders could.


Food for thought: Agriculture and its infrastructure

Agriculture and infrastructure for agriculture can be a growing proposition for institutional investors. Farmland has proven to be a very good investment and so has the infrastructure supporting it, from water to energy to companies making pumps and irrigation systems. Meanwhile, controlled-environment agriculture, frequently called indoor ag, is attempting to lure investors and define the future with large high-tech greenhouses, vertical farming and other innovations.


Seeking defensiveness in the global midstream sector: Not all midstream is created equal

As the world grapples with the economic and social fallout of COVID-19, infrastructure investors are rightly examining their portfolios for red flags. For some assets the impacts are clear, and troubling. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global air traffic is down 70 percent year on year. Volumes through container terminals in major global ports are off at least 20 percent, and traffic on some of the major U.S. highways is down by more than 50 percent.

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