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Alt Assets: Better benchmarks to boost infrastructure investment in untapped markets

“EDHECinfra was created to address the knowledge gap faced by infrastructure investors. Investors need proper performance benchmarks for private infrastructure that allow them to understand infrastructure performance in a multi-asset class context.”

“Without it, it’s hard to make asset allocation decisions, it’s hard to measure the performance of not only of your manager but your internal portfolio. It’s hard to report to your regulator about the risk you are taking and how that balances with the rest of your portfolio.”

EDHECinfra’s Sarah Tame speaks to Alt Assets about EDHECinfra’s Global Unlisted Infrastructure Index.

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IPE Real Assets: Building an asset class from the ground up

EDHEC has been gathering data from asset owners to produce indices that address the specific needs of the infrastructure asset class. It has sought to address two major issues: one, infrastructure assets are often large and heterogeneous, meaning you need to include a lot of assets before you can start to represent the market in its entirety; two, infrastructure assets are rarely traded, making it challenging to assess market pricing accurately and in a timely manner.

EDHECinfra Global Unlisted Infrastructure Index is mentioned by IPE Real Assets.

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IPE Real Assets: Infrastructure managers told to ‘raise game’ or miss out on DC pensions

EDHECinfra Days conference is highlighted as a must attend event as speakers discuss the number of inadequacies with the current approach to infrastructure fund management, including those relating to costs, liquidity and time horizons.

Keynote Mark Fawcett said “We need funds which have a very long horizon, aren’t going to be closed at any specific period and have liquidity points where we can put money in on a regular basis. We don’t need daily dealing, we don’t need monthly dealing, but we do need some line of sight.”

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Pensions and Investments: New Zealand Super bids to build Auckland light rail network

Others, looking at asset owners shouldering the design and development of city train networks, see mostly outsized risks.

“It’s the most concentrated bet they can possibly make,” … It’s like saying “‘forget about investing in a well-diversified stock portfolio. Just buy this one stock that we really like.'”

EDHECinfra’s Frederic Blanc-Brude talks to Pensions and Investments about the broader infrastructure role.

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Success benchmarked: Initial forays into infrastructure investment benchmarks are producing results

“Without adequate performance benchmarks infrastructure investors have found it challenging to make investments in infrastructure”

“Using unique asset pricing technology, we are able to compute the metrics that investors and regulators need to understand private infrastructure in a multi-asset class context. “We are one of the first to measure the risk and risk-adjusted return of private infrastructure investment, an essential performance metric for investors and regulators.”

EDHECinfra’s Sarah Tame is interviewed about EDHECinfra Global Unlisted Infrastructure Index by Institutional Real Estate for Institutional Investing in Infrastructure.

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The Times: The Future of Infrastructure

“Although infrastructure is illiquid, our research shows that if you can measure the risk-adjusted performance effectively, investment becomes much less challenging.

“You do see negative returns on some assets. But our benchmarks give a portfolio view and indicate that risks reduce considerably as they spread across the portfolio.

The research also shows that infrastructure provided greater performance and lower risk compared to the stock market between 2000 and 2016. “There is an influx of institutional capital chasing the same trophy assets in Europe. But better data brings greater transparency and opens the decision about where to invest.”

EDHECinfra’s Sarah Tame is interviewed in the The Times Future of Infrastructure supplement.

Read the full supplement here.

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