Real fixer-uppers: ETFs drive infrastructure improvements
Abstract: Exchange-traded funds have continued to grow in popularity and have gathered assets at a rapid pace. They trade like stocks and have the diversity of mutual funds. As this article explains, ETFs may offer a safer, more dependable income stream than some other types of real estate investment options, as many governments are ready to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure projects. Infrastructure ETFs may warrant attention from investors interested in defensive, high-yielding securities. But rates of return vary vastly from project to project and, even though infrastructure is somewhat insulated, it isn’t immune to the ebb and flow of economic tides.