Investors are excited about infrastructure. Globally, government stimulus, policy mandates, and secular business forces are aligning to create one of the most compelling investment opportunities for the next decade. When investors buy into popular infrastructure options, however, they might not get what they’re expecting. We examine the market and find the following:

  • Investors can buy into infrastructure three ways: ETFs with cyclical Infrastructure inputs (the stones), ETFs with passive infrastructure assets (the structures), or they can invest with active infrastructure managers (the stakeholders).

  • Infrastructure stones, largely industrial and material companies, tend to be volatile. Meanwhile, passive infrastructure-asset ETFs, which are limited and unbalanced, fail to capitalize on the information advantages that active managers can hold.

  • For investors seeking long-term growth, a balance of assets, and the keys to durable return, the conclusion is clear: drop the stones, skip the structures — and support the stakeholders of infrastructure. 


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The investment strategies, practices and risk analyses used by the Subadvisor may not produce the desired results. Investments in infrastructure-related securities will expose the Fund  to potential adverse economic, regulatory, political, legal and other changes affecting such investments. Issuers of securities in infrastructure-related businesses are subject to a variety  of factors that may adversely affect their business or operations, including high interest costs in connection with capital construction programs, high leverage, costs associated with environmental or other regulations and the effects of economic slowdowns. MLPs carry many of the risks inherent in investing in a partnership. State law governing partnerships is often less restrictive than state law governing corporations. Accordingly, there may be fewer protections afforded investors in an MLP. Foreign securities are subject to interest rate, currency exchange rate, economic, and political risks. The risks of investing in emerging markets include the risks of illiquidity, increased price volatility, smaller market capitalizations, less government regulation, less extensive and less frequent accounting, financial and other reporting requirements, risk of loss resulting from problems in share registration and custody, substantial economic and political disruptions, and the nationalization of foreign deposits or assets. Small and mid-cap stocks are often more volatile than large-cap stocks.

Because the Fund concentrates its investments in securities issued by companies principally engaged in the infrastructure group of industries, the Fund may be subject to greater risks  and market fluctuations than a fund whose portfolio has exposure to a broader range of industries.

Portfolios concentrated in infrastructure securities and Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”) may experience price volatility and other risks associated with non-diversification. Investment  in infrastructure related companies may be subject to high interest costs in connection with capital construction programs, costs associated with environmental and other regulations, the effects of economic slowdown and surplus capacity, the effects of energy conservation policies, governmental regulation and other factors. MLPs often own interests Related to the oil and gas industries or other natural resources but may finance other projects. As such, MLPs will be negatively impacted by economic events adversely impacting that industry. Investments in MLPs may offer fewer legal protections than investments in corporations, and limited voting rights. International investments may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuation in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles or from economic or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors, as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Other risks of the Fund include but are not limited to: company, convertible securities, currency, derivative instruments, investment model, liquidity, market, market capitalization, other investment companies, and securities lending risks.

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