Much of the developed world, including the U.S., and plenty of emerging economies have vast infrastructure needs that will require trillions of dollars of expenditures in the coming years.
Investors can capitalize on that trend with an increasing number of internationally focused exchange traded funds. Fortunately for conservative investors, playing the global infrastructure theme does not mean having to incur the increased volatility of a pure emerging markets fund because several global infrastructure ETFs feature deep developed markets exposure.
One example is the $810.8 million iShares Global Infrastructure ETF (NYSEArca: IGF). IGF, which features a solid trailing 12-month dividend yield of 3.3%, has quietly jumped 8.8% this year.
The ETF’s “holdings appear to be reasonably valued to slightly undervalued,” J. Andre Weisbrod, CEO and chief investment office at Starr Financial Advisors, told Investor’s Business Daily in an interview.
Weisbrod went on to note that IGF “is likely to hold up better than the major indexes during a 10% or greater market correction. And the longer-term potential, while not extraordinary, is very healthy.”
In addition to an almost 31.2% weight to U.S. stocks, IGF offers some leverage to an ongoing European equity market recovery. Five of the ETF’s top-10 country weights are European nations lead by a better than 22% combined weight to France, the U.K. and Italy. [Say Yes to the France ETF]
The FlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund (NYSEArca: NFRA) is another option to consider. NFRA is up 7.3% since debuting last October. Additionally, the ETF has been an impressive gatherer of assets, hauling in almost $143 million since coming to market. [ETFs for Increased Infrastructure Spending]