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Infrastructure Finance: The Business of Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future 1st Edition

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Without basic systems such as transportation, energy, and water, neither the economy nor society can function. And for this reason, infrastructure, no matter how you define it, will always be a large and important business sector. Recently, due to the credit crisis, providing, operating, and maintaining infrastructure has advanced as a recognized and important investment sector that reaches beyond earlier business models for transportation and public utilities. Banks, hedge funds, and other alternative asset investors are now extremely interested in infrastructure investments, and the field is expected to grow beyond $1 trillion in the next few years. Infrastructure Finance puts the changes in this burgeoning field into perspective and shows how you can profit from it.

Author Neil Grigg explains how infrastructure is a composite sector and details its sub-sectors, including transportation, telecommunications, energy, water, waste management, and construction. He then identifies direct avenues for investment, such as stocks and bonds, and offers information about infrastructure sector indices, which are proliferating due to the rising popularityof infrastructure as an investment category. In addition, he addresses business opportunities that arise for private equity, startups, and new markets for infrastructure firms.

This reliable resource also presents a scorecard ofstatistics for the aggregated infrastructure sectorand its parts, introduces an overall financialmodel for the sector, explains its capital structure,and describes the sources of revenues for its sub-sectors. The final chapter explains current thinking about national policy, including publicand private roles in improving infrastructure, while dealing with an ongoing financial crisis. Along the way, the book presents a number of brief profiles of public agencies, private infrastructure companies, and supplier firms. The profiles illustrate how the players participate in the infrastructure arena, whether they are public or private entities, and also reveal how private sector players can work within the government-dominated infrastructure arena.

Deciding how to meet infrastructure needs drives an ongoing political debate about the allocation of resources and the roles of government, business, and individuals. But while the debates proceed, it remains clear that infrastructure is essential to meet human and environmental needs—and a solid investment in the future.

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Praise for Infrastructure Finance

"This book is a must-read for those seeking to understand how the essentials of society—transportation, energy, water, and the like—are provided. For students seeking to work in the infrastructure sector, the book is compelling and provides illustration of the variety of options and models that are used to make business work. For those already in the sector, it will broaden understanding and support their professional development."
—Steve Whipp, Asset Standards and Innovation Manager, United Utilities Water PLC

"For someone looking for one volume that literally sums up the 'infrastructure business,' Infrastructure Finance: The Business of Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future is the book. Neil Grigg has produced a thorough and approachable compendium of the multiple services that underpin modern society."
—Richard G. Little, Director, The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, University of Southern California

Infrastructure Finance examines how the activities associated with updating and creating efficient transportation and communications, reliable and affordable energy, clean water, and other essential systems have become a profitable financial endeavor. Author Neil Grigg puts this field in perspective and details what you need to know to succeed within it. He dissects the central organizational and financial issues behind the revolutions that are occurring in infrastructure management and finance and provides detailed guidance for navigating this dynamic field—including a focus on green infrastructure to balance economic and environmental changes.

As infrastructure finance continues to grow in importance, you'll need to enhance your understanding of its essential aspects. Infrastructure Finance will provide you with the insights to achieve this goal.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470481781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481783
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was interested in chapter 4 - transportation. the author uses references from time magazine (as an example) to highlight trends. I don't think that references from pop culture belong in an academic book. The source material was lacking. The chapter is not particularly well organized and is disjoint. There are no citations to reference statistics by page - so we read of a 30% increase in some area with no easy reference. The author seems knowledgeable - and this is a huge field of study - but this is not an academic reference or a particularly enlightened guide to business.
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