Infrastructure indices launched in Singapore

Motorway_SingaporeAn institute in Singapore has released 384 infrastructure debt and equity indices that it says will facilitate “multi-trillion dollar increases” in infrastructure allocations. The Edhec Infrastructure Institute-Singapore, an initiative of France-based Edhec Business School, was set up last year and employs ten researchers. “Our benchmarks will change the way investors approach and manage their infrastructure investments,” said Frédéric Blanc-Brude, director of the Singaporean institute. “Key asset allocation, prudential regulation or performance attribution questions can now be answered, and trillions of dollars could now be allocated to infrastructure based on these indices.” The indices are meant to address a lack of tools to benchmark investments in infrastructure, such as toll roads and airports, which are growing more popular among institutional investors. The institute says its indices, which are based on hand-collected data covering hundreds of firms and thousands of debt instruments, cover half the broad market capitalisation of 14 European markets. It is hoped that the indices will achieve global market coverage by 2020. ©2017 funds global asia

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