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SWFI Survey: Large Long-Term Asset Owners Cool on Listed Infrastructure

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Sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, endowments and other asset owners have steadily increased allocation to infrastructure over the past six years, according to asset allocation data from SWFI. However, hundreds of billions of capital allocated to infrastructure remain idle. According to the third quarter 2017 Global Asset Owner Survey conducted by SWFI, a large number of respondents plan to underweight listed infrastructure in the next 12 months. Just about 92% of the respondents plan to either underweight, strongly underweight or hold their allocation to listed infrastructure, while the survey showed a desire for private infrastructure investing. The debate over public or private access to infrastructure remains a bit intense.

Given the recent quarterly survey demographics, SWFI concludes that more long-term institutional investors with access to talent and sizeable balance sheets prefer private infrastructure investing over listed infrastructure allocations at the moment. A possible concern for listed infrastructure are its correlations to U.S. equity markets, versus the pure play of infrastructure exposure, even when suitable deals are hard to find. Historically, listed infrastructure has exhibited equity-like returns, which can be a pro or con, depending on one’s portfolio preferences.

StepStone Group Quits CalPERS Infrastructure Role

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SWFI First Read, September 19, 2018

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QIA Eyes Investment in Chinese Lender Lufax

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in talks about a possible investment into Shanghai-based Lufax, one of China’s largest online lenders. The seller of the possible stake is China’s Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. Lufax’s official name is Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. Ltd.

Wealth Funds Back Hotpot Giant

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Japanese Government Capital Provides Initial Life for Texas Bullet Train

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Dallas-based Texas Central Partners, LLC is the developer of a proposed high-speed rail system, dubbed the Texas Bullet Train, between Dallas and Houston. Project costs are estimated between US$ 12 billion to US$ 15 billion. The developer secured US$ 300 million in project loans from Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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