Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

September 1, 2019: Vol. 12, Number 8

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From the Current Issue


The global listed infrastructure report: A performance report

The following report reviews highlights of some of the events and trends affecting global listed infrastructure companies in recent months. Global listed infrastructure companies, on average, were down (–0.40 percent) in July using the GLIO Coverage. In comparison, global equities added (0.40 percent). Over the past 12 months, global listed infrastructure added (13.6 percent) compared against (3.5 percent) for global equities.


Crowdfunding for infrastructure: Getting financial and community buy-in is the future of the art

Successful infrastructure delivery requires community buy-in. That’s why governments and developers pour resources into public meetings and marketing material for new construction projects. When there is no buy-in, new projects can get delayed or stopped altogether from community opposition. And, with a growing gap between available funding and infrastructure needs, these outcomes are risky for any budget. To address this problem, project sponsors in the United States and around the world are tapping into crowdfunding to get literal buy-in, both social and financial, from residents and end-users.


The infrastructure opportunity: Investors have many paths for investment

In recent years, the infrastructure asset class has received growing attention from global institutional investors attracted by the prospect of strong risk-adjusted returns, protection against inflation and a low correlation to public markets. The industry has experienced significant growth: annual fundraising in the infrastructure asset class has grown from $18.6 billion in 2009 to $72.2 billion in 2018, according to Pitchbook, reaching an all-time high in total commitments.


Star turn: LP-GP collaboration pushes ESG forward

ESG is ready for its close-up. After years of being an obscure acronym, ESG (environmental, social and governance) has become a mainstay of the institutional investor vernacular, with a growing number of managers incorporating ESG principles into their investment processes. As asset managers continue to integrate ESG, the impetus is growing for managers to adopt formal ESG policies.

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