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Infrastructure’s Future Looks a Lot Like Private Equity

Infrastructure’s Future Looks a Lot Like Private Equity

The world of infrastructure investing is undergoing structural shifts that require investors to take a more active role in managing their portfolios. Investors can no longer count on generating double-­digit returns from core assets with stable risk profiles. Instead, they need to broaden their definition of infrastructure; develop a transformational plan to grow, improve, and reposition investmen... »

10 Tips to Increase Productivity in Construction

10 Tips to Increase Productivity in Construction

Do You Know How to Improve Productivity in Construction? »

How developing economies can get more out of their infrastructure budgets

How developing economies can get more out of their infrastructure budgets

Governments in developing economies often lack the capacity to conduct thorough reviews of proposed capital projects. A streamlined approach can identify those ready for funding. »

5 Facts on Business Rescue in the SA Construction Industry

5 Facts on Business Rescue in the SA Construction Industry

Hogan Lovells, partner and business rescue and insolvency expert, Alex Eliott, has recently discussed the topic of successful business rescue in the construction industry with Engineering News Online. Here are the most important take-outs. »

What you need to know about Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)

What you need to know about Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)

INFOGRAPHIC: On Wednesday, 24 October 2018 the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will be tabling the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). We have complied an inforgraphic on what  HardHat Professionals should know about the  the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) »

How is the Infrastructure Investment Landscape Changing?

How is the Infrastructure Investment Landscape Changing?

Infrastructure has been a rock of stability for investors, generating consistent inflation-indexed returns even during tough economic times. With construction soaring in both emerging markets and developed economies, the value of privately-owned infrastructure assets—those not traded on public exchanges—rose from approximately $99 billion in 2007 to about $418 billion by June 2017. »

How is Technology Changing the Infrastructure Asset Value?

How is Technology Changing the Infrastructure Asset Value?

Many long-term investors, including the most experienced players, have not yet determined how technology advances will affect demand for infrastructure. Here is what they need to know: »

9 Reasons Why Institutional Investors Do Not Finance Major Infrastructure Assets

9 Reasons Why Institutional Investors Do Not Finance Major Infrastructure Assets

There are three good reasons infrastructure assets are suitable for institutional investors. So why don’t more institutional investors finance major infrastructure projects in emerging markets? Several factors currently limit institutional investors’ and other private sector actors’ investments in infrastructure across the globe. These factors are compounded in emerging markets, which have a highe... »

4 Reasons Why the SA Construction Industry Outlook Looks Promising

4 Reasons Why the SA Construction Industry Outlook Looks Promising

The construction sector in South Africa faced an exceptionally challenging 2017, reaching 17-year lows; however, it remains one of the economic engines of the country. The construction sector holds immense potential for advancement of the country’s general financial wellbeing, and according to this article the outlook is still promising here is why:  1. National Treasury Infrastructure spend Natio... »

3 Reasons why infrastructure assets are well suited for institutional investors

3 Reasons why infrastructure assets are well suited for institutional investors

Infrastructure assets have several characteristics that make them well-suited to institutional investors’ needs       »

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