President-elect Barack Obama has called for spending billions on infrastructure projects, with hopes of building up some life into the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs).

The idea is wonderful, however, the execution will be another overhaul altogether, as traditional funding for these types of projects just isn’t there. The usual approach for business will not work in this environment, and the fuel tax that is usually reserved for this type of overhaul does not exist via the government, reports Sam Eaton for MarketPlace.

Patrick Jones says that pricing structure would come from private funding through toll roads. It could reduce wear on roads by encouraging people to drive less, while also prompting more use of public transportation.

Governors met with Obama to secure plans for infrastructure projects this week. The governors are seeking $138 billion for infrastructure projects that are already planned and awaiting funding, reports

Obama stated that things in the economy are going to get worse before they begin to get better, and it will take time to get out of this recession. With 533,000 job losses and more on the way, we must see the crisis as an “opportunity to transform our economy” and investments in infrastructure and alternative energy technology could be the answer, reports Matthew Benjamin and Julianna Goldman for Bloomberg.
Infrastructure upgrades will help create thousands of new jobs that cannot be outsourced. These jobs can help displace the unemployment rates and get the economy humming again. The investment in infrastructure is also important because it will benefit public safety and ensure that future generations reap the rewards, as well. Plus, it will enhance the look and presentation of certain areas.
  • iShares S&P Global Infrastructure Index (IGF): down 47.2% year-to-date

Infrastructure ETFs

  • First Trust Macquarie Global Infrastructure Utility and Dividend (MFD): down 62.3% year-to-date

Infrastructure ETFs

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