Institutional investors and infrastructure financing - OECD


This working paper is part of the OECD report "The Role of Banks, Equity Markets and Institutional Investors in Long Term Financing for Growth and Development" presented at the Meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors on 15-16 February 2013 in Moscow.The economic downturn is likely to have a lasting impact on the fund management industry and on long term asset allocation strategies of institutional investors. On one hand, in promoting more cautious investment strategies and a greater focus on portfolio risk management in the coming years. On the other hand, the prolonged low-yield environment has heightened the need for return-enhancing strategies, pushing some investors to invest in alternative assets. More fundamentally, the role of institutional investors in long term financing is constrained by the short-termism increasingly pervasive in capital markets as well as structural and policy barriers such as regulatory disincentives, lack of appropriate financing vehicles, limited investment and risk management expertise, transparency, viability issues and a lack of appropriate data and investment benchmarks for illiquid assets such as infrastructure. 

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