Infrastructure demonstrates its defensive ability

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Performance

The strategy has now been running for 77 months.  November provided some breathing space to markets after a very challenging October. The strategy rebounded, up 1.7% for the month, in-line with US stocks, but well ahead of the Eurostoxx 50 which was down 0.8% for the month. The S&P Global Infrastructure Index, the Infrastructure ETF’s and the major competitors all performed similarly to the strategy, gaining around 1.5%. Investment grade bonds were up 0.5%, and interest rate sensitive stocks gained, with the iShares International REIT ETF up 3.2% and the Dow Jones Total Market Utilities Index up 3.3%.  Year to date, the strategy is down -2.6%, whilst the average of the 7 largest competitors is -6.7%, the S&P Infrastructure index is -10%, the Stoxx50 is -9.4%, the S&P 500 is up 2.7% and the MSCI World LC is -2.3%.

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Investors consider the possibilities of a proposed $200bn US infra spend

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  • Major US Infrastructure networks overhaul planned if legislation passes
  • Infrastructure equities provide proven benefits to investors
  • Private finance and privatisation likely to be required
  • Will experienced, foreign operators be able to access the build-out?

The US government’s ambitious plan to overhaul the country’s infrastructure networks over the next decade provide a huge opportunity for investors, but uncertainties abound: how much of the proposed legislative framework will eventually be voted through, how to buy into what assets. and how much access foreign operators will be able to secure.

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Toll roads and Tunnels headline Listed Infrastructure strategy

Infrastructure - Eurotunnel
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The largest exposures in our Listed Infrastructure strategy are toll roads and tunnels (17%), diversified infrastructure companies (16%), and rail & bus (16%). Rail & bus, agricultural infrastructure and communications towers stocks were largely unchanged over the last month, while waste recycling (the smallest allocation), communications and social infrastructure (also a small allocation), performed poorly.

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Transportation dominates recent infrastructure performance

Infrastructure - Eurotunnel
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Transportation dominated the performance of QUAERO’s infrastructure strategy over the past four weeks. The largest sectoral exposures are to the diversified infrastructure companies (17.3%), toll roads and tunnels (16%) and rail & bus (12.8%). The best performing sectors in April were satellite (up 9.2%), airports (up 5.8%), and toll roads / tunnels (up 5.3%). The only two infrastructure sectors which lost ground in April were agriculture (down 1.3%) and electricity transmission and distribution (down 1%). The positive performance was broadly based with 83% of holdings gaining during the month.Read more