J.P. Morgan Asset Management Says Opportunity In Core Infrastructure Is Too Good To Last

 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Says Opportunity In Core Infrastructure Is Too
                                 Good To Last

-- New research piece describes impact of increased demand on asset class --

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 2, 2013

NEW YORK, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --J.P. Morgan Asset Management asserts in
a new research piece titled "Too Good to Last" that while investors are
primarily drawn to infrastructure for its income and lower volatility, early
movers are also likely to enjoy outsized capital appreciation over the near to
mid-term as the demand for infrastructure assets grows.

In this new report, Mark Weisdorf, portfolio manager, J.P. Morgan Asset
Management OECD Infrastructure Equity, predicts that the early mover window
will close over the course of the next few years, with discount rates
compressing by 100 basis points or more. He explains:

  oCore infrastructure currently offers a return that appears more than
    commensurate with its relatively low risk profile, suggesting the returns
    may moderate as risk-return perceptions evolve.
  oDemand from institutional investors is likely to increase since U.S.
    pension plans, more recent movers into the asset class, currently have
    average allocations of less than 1%, while many institutional investors
    outside the United States are below their larger target infrastructure
    allocations.
  oThe increase in supply of mature, "institutional-quality" core
    infrastructure assets is likely to lag the increase in demand, suggesting
    a near-term increase in the value of assets, compressing discount rates
    and future rates of return.

"We believe we are rapidly approaching a tipping point where institutional
investors who are searching for income, frustrated by lackluster economic
growth and dissatisfied with the volatility of public equity markets, will
turn to infrastructure in larger numbers and with greater allocations," said
Weisdorf. "This move could result in discount rate compression, pushing asset
values steadily higher. We expect this to happen over the next two to three
years, to the benefit of incumbent infrastructure investors."

To read more about J.P. Morgan's view on this investment opportunity, please
visit jpmorganinstitutional.com.

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