Thus far this year, earnings releases and economic reports have shown a mixed bag for some global infrastructure firms, with both positive and not-so-positive news. Traffic volumes on toll-road operators in Europe have unexpectedly rebounded nicely, while Chinese toll-road operators have struggled amid government regulation and general complaints from citizens about excessive tolls.
While we believe that the longer-term story of growth in global infrastructure remains intact, short-term hiccups for infrastructure firms in certain parts of the world can offer investors possible opportunities in an asset class that has solid growth potential and income-generating abilities. For investors seeking a broad, diversified, inexpensive way to invest in infrastructure firms, a suitable option is iShares Global Infrastructure (IGF).
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