Like real estate, infrastructure assets have shown the ability to generate a steady income stream, an increasingly attractive proposition in a low interest rate environment. In addition to higher dividend yields, listed infrastructure investments may offer higher return-to-risk ratios over the long term.

With these features in mind, market participants may use infrastructure indexes as diversification tools for global investment portfolios. The FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure Index provides a means to benchmark the returns of listed companies involved in infrastructure activities in developed markets around the globe.