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Wind farms, schools and broadband: Are infrastructure investment trusts the key to inflation-busting returns?

By MIKE SHEEN FOR THIS IS MONEY 14 June 2022

Infrastructure assets have long been regarded as a go-to means of achieving inflation-beating returns and, while prices soar elsewhere, the London market may currently offer investors bargain options…

Renewable energy infrastructure trusts have raised more than £1billion since the start of the year, according to Association of Investment Companies data, while traditional infrastructure has raised £621million…

Economic infrastructure, such as toll roads, has an indirect inflation link through the ability to reprice, but is more exposed to demand pressures.

Meanwhile, renewables infrastructure can be more exposed to revenue volatility as the price of power fluctuates.

Public infrastructure is best placed as revenues are generally fixed with inflation adjustments, particularly when the customer paying the bill is a government or local authority…

What do the experts say?

Here, experts detail their picks for the best options in the Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Infrastructure investment trust sectors.

Investment companies analyst at QuotedData Jayna Rana: GCP Infrastructure (Infrastructure)

‘GCP is an attractive offering with its 6.3 per cent yield and having seen a marked improvement in its NAV performance in recent months…

Bluefield Solar Income (Renewable Energy Infrastructure)

‘BSIF is one of the renewable energy infrastructure sector’s better performing trusts over one, three and five years. Earlier this month it raised £150million following high demand from both new and existing shareholders.

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