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November 2021Download Report
Investors’ search for diversification and inflation protection has put a spotlight on infrastructure, made brighter by massive public investment programs and the accelerating transition to a digitized, decarbonized economy.
- A growing asset class with a compelling track record
Infrastructure’s regulated, concession-based or contracted revenues and inflation sensitivities have historically resulted in competitive returns, low volatility and strong performance in periods of higher-than-expected inflation.
- A diverse universe supported by structural growth trends
Infrastructure companies are leading the charge in clean energy, supply chain modernization and the digital economy, creating potential long-term opportunities for growth.
- A liquid complement to private assets
A listed infrastructure allocation can provide access to diverse assets that may not be readily available through private investments, while also offering liquidity to aid in managing and rebalancing portfolios.
Index definitions / important disclosures
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Global listed infrastructure: FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 Index, a market-capitalization-weighted index of infrastructure and infrastructure-related securities in worldwide developed markets; constituent weights are adjusted semi-annually according to three broad industry sectors: 50% utilities, 30% transportation, and a 20% mix of other sectors, including pipelines, satellites, and telecommunication towers. Exhibit 4: 50/50 Blend of Datastream World Pipelines and Datastream World Gas, Water and Multi-Utilities through July 2008; Dow Jones Brookfield Global Infrastructure Index thereafter. The Dow Jones Brookfield Global Infrastructure Index is a float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that measures performance of globally domiciled companies that derive more than 70% of their cash flows from infrastructure lines of business.
Global equities: MSCI World Index, a free-float-adjusted index that measures the performance of large- and mid-capitalization companies representing developed-market countries and is net of dividend withholding taxes.
U.S. Treasuries: ICE BofA U.S. 7-10 Year Treasury Index is composed of U.S. Treasury Notes with a 7-10-year maturity.
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Risks of investing in global infrastructure securities. Infrastructure issuers may be subject to regulation by various governmental authorities and may also be affected by governmental regulation of rates charged to customers, operational or other mishaps, tariffs, and changes in tax laws, regulatory policies, and accounting standards. Foreign securities involve special risks, including currency fluctuation and lower liquidity. Some global securities may represent small and medium- sized companies, which may be more susceptible to price volatility than larger companies. No representation or warranty is made as to the efficacy of any particular strategy or fund or to the actual returns that may be achieved.
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