Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

May 1, 2021: Vol. 14, Number 5

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From the Current Issue


The path to net zero: The drive to net zero is now on, and while the journey may generate risk — particularly for infrastructure — it is also presenting substantial opportunities for investment return

The United Nation's 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change aims to limit the average global temperature increase to “well below 2° Celsius.” Achieving this means reducing carbon emissions to net zero, that is, balancing the man-made greenhouse gases being added to the atmosphere with the amount being removed in the second half of the 21st century.


ESG: What's in your infrastructure wallet?

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is a relatively new term, and idea, among institutional investment managers. In 2004, then U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan asked 50 CEOs of major financial institutions to participate in an initiative of the U.N. Global Compact, the Swiss Government and the International Finance Corp. The point of the exercise was to incorporate ESG issues into capital markets.


Reflections from Americas Editorial: Advisory Board Meeting and i3 Roundtables

In early March, I officially became the new managing director of IREI’s Institutional Real Estate Americas platform. As of today, I also serve as the managing director of IREI’s Institutional Investing in Infrastructure (i3) platform. I don’t start this for a pat on the back, but for context on what an incredible opportunity it has been this past month to view our respective platforms through a more broad “real assets” lens.


Global listed infrastructure report: Essential news and notes

The GLIO Index of infrastructure companies advanced strongly (+7.3 percent) in March, to end the first quarter up 4 percent. Global equities ended Q1 up (+5 percent). The 10-year annualized USD return for the GLIO Index is 10.2 percent, similar to global equities but achieving this with 300 basis points lower volatility.


On the cusp of an infrastructure renaissance: Financing and funding infrastructure in the United States

In part one of this feature series, we reviewed key dimensions of the U.S. transportation network. We turn now to the question of how infrastructure is financed (debt and equity) and how it is funded (direct and indirect revenues, which pay for that financing). How to finance our infrastructure needs is the Gordian Knot of the infrastructure world. It is no secret that the United States has fallen behind in renovating and developing transportation infrastructure to the tune of trillions of dollars.

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