Unfortunately, strained public finances, weak debt and equity markets, and restrictive commercial bank capital requirements are limiting traditional financing sources for infrastructure projects.
Pension funds, with estimated assets of over $65 trillion in OECD countries at the end of 2009, have the potential to be a much greater source of capital for urgently needed massive investments in infrastructure. But their investments must be supported by transparent and long-term regulatory frameworks. This report is intended to support dialogue around policy changes that can improve the investment environment for institutional investors.
Pension Funds Investment in Infrastructure, a recently released report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed with the sponsorship of Oliver Wyman’s Global Risk Center, describes policy changes that can improve the investment environment for institutional investors.
Pension assets as a percentage of GDP in OECD Countries
Source: OECD Global Pension Statistics, 2010