Unlisted Infrastructure Investing

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What is Unlisted Infrastructure Investing?

Unlisted infrastructure investing is a type of investment strategy that involves putting money into privately held or non-publicly traded infrastructure assets or projects. Infrastructure is a fundamental building block to the functioning of modern society and can include energy, transportation and communication networks and systems. Within the broad infrastructure investment universe, there exists what we call pure play infrastructure. Pure play infrastructure assets typically provide essential services, operate in monopoly-like competitive positions and enjoy sustainable cash flows producing reliable income streams. By way of example, we consider an airport to be a pure play infrastructure asset, as opposed to an airline. Another example would be a toll road, as opposed to a construction company that builds the toll road.

Today, infrastructure is recognised by the institutional investment community as a stand-alone asset class. To wit, many pension plans around the world have been attracted to the infrastructure asset class since the early 1990s.

We recognize the money we manage represents the hard work and savings of real people like you. Or, if you represent a non-profit organization, the money needs to be there in the long run to fulfill important missions. We understand what’s at stake. That’s why we work to deliver real, lasting value. And that's why we're committed to our purpose: improving financial security for people.

Why choose Russell Investments for infrastructure?

We manage global listed infrastructure investments for clients around the world. We offer:

  • Capital markets expertise,
  • Rigorous due diligence of the global manager universe,
  • Multi-manager portfolio construction, incorporating risk management and diversification for investors, and
  • Efficient implementation of investment strategy.

Benefits of investing in unlisted infrastructure:

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As a real asset category, infrastructure offers a distinct risk, return and diversification profile relative to other asset classes, and thus merits consideration for a discrete allocation in a diversified portfolio.

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Income generation

Infrastructure investments typically feature steady cash flows derived from tangible, long-life assets with monopoly-like pricing power; many are regulated and may feature income linked directly to inflation.

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Long-term return potential

"Pure play" infrastructure assets—which include toll roads, regulated utilities, airports, seaports and cell towers—are essential to the fluid, effective functioning of societies, and accordingly they have highly inelastic demand patterns.


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A chat with Zach

Russell Investments' Chairman and CEO, Zach Buchwald, sat down with Michael Steingold, CFA, Director of Private Markets, to get his perspective on how infrastructure is evolving and whether it's an option for retail investors and large institutions.

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