Securities back by infrastructure portfolios would create a potentially huge new class of assets for investors, according to the C.D. Howe Institute.

“Regulatory changes that allowed Canada’s largest pension plans to take large states and manage assets for third parties would let them originate and manage infrastructure assets in partnership with retail investors,” writes William B. P. Robson, the organization’s senior vice president and director of research, in an e-brief.

A range of liquid infrastructure-backed securities would give smaller pension funds and individual investors access to a valuable asset, he says.

“Sophisticated international and domestic pension funds are ready to partner, offering the small investor large and experienced friends,” Robson writes.

Part four of our Trustee’s guide to alternative investments concerns infrastructure. To read that story, click here.

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