Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

September 1, 2016: Vol. 9 Number 8

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Infrastructure

Financing Asian infrastructure: Institutional investors as financiers of Asian infrastructure

Institutional investment in infrastructure has become a much discussed topic in recent years, also in terms of public policy. Governments frequently call for a higher engagement of asset owners in the financing of infrastructure projects. Many investors have become interested in infrastructure as an “asset class” for their own reasons. In an environment of low interest rates in major markets, they are looking for alternative sources of income and better diversification.

Infrastructure

Q2 infrastructure securities: quiet before the storm

A relatively quiet quarter ended in volatile fashion following the June 23 U.K. referendum in which voters elected to leave the European Union. Global equities drifted higher in April and May but fell sharply immediately following the vote, before recouping some losses in the last week of trading. 

Infrastructure

Ensuring European infrastructure: Big European insurers have been making increasingly large allocations to infrastructure investment for several years. But will recent changes to capital charge rules see the wider market ramp up their allocations?

Europe’s insurers have been grabbing the headlines when it comes to investing in infrastructure. In the United Kingdom alone, Pension Insurance Corp. has committed £100 million to the debt financing of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a £4.2 billion new “super sewer” being built below London and due for completion in 2023. Life insurer Prudential, meanwhile, through its investment arm M&G is preparing to inject up to £100 million ($132 million) in the £1 billion ($1.3 billion) Swansea Bale Tidal Lagoon project in Wales.

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