Global Listed Infrastructure (GLI) is an asset class made up of publicly traded companies that own and/or operate the essential infrastructure facilities (bridges, tunnels, roadways, airports, seaports, energy and water utilities, etc.) functioning societies require and that enable global trade and growth.

According to some estimates, maintaining existing infrastructure and building new, modern facilities to meet the needs of the 21st century may require tens of trillions of dollars of investment capital over the next 10-15 years.1

We believe GLI offers investors a simple way to participate in what will likely be an attractive long-term opportunity, as well as a number of important potential advantages over private and/or direct infrastructure investment. These include:

  • Daily liquidity, as securities trade on global equity exchanges.
  • Diversification across global infrastructure assets.
  • Low entry and exit costs.
  • The ability of portfolio managers to move freely into and out of investments and reallocate to attractive opportunities that may arise.

GLI also offers investors the potential for stable long-term capital growth, inflation-linked income, and portfolio diversification.

Based on infrastructure’s demonstrated historical performance and fundamental characteristics, GLI may be an attractive asset class for investors seeking a complementary long-term growth alternative to traditional equity investments.

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1 Source: McKinsey estimates U.S. $57 trillion will be required for global infrastructure investment across 2013-2030. McKinsey Global Institute, “Infrastructure Productivity: How to Save $1 Trillion a Year,” 2013.