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Morgan Stanley Investment Management opens global infrastructure fund

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Morgan Stanley Investment Management has announced that the Morgan Stanley Global Infrastructure Fund has re-opened to new US investors.

Morgan Stanley Investment Management has announced that the Morgan Stanley Global Infrastructure Fund has re-opened to new US investors.

MSIM intends to make a similar strategy available to international investors later in 2009.

"We expect the massive investment in infrastructure – resulting from urbanization, aging infrastructure in developed countries and demand for new infrastructure in developing countries – will continue to create significant investment opportunities in companies around the world that build, operate, own or provide services to infrastructure assets," says Michael Nolan, managing director and lead portfolio manager of the Global Infrastructure Fund.

"To stimulate their economies, governments in countries around the world such as Brazil, China, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Australia are accelerating implementation of infrastructure projects. In the US, President-Elect Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will invest in priorities like energy and education, health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep the country strong and competitive in the 21st century."

The Morgan Stanley Global Infrastructure Fund blends sell-side research with a proprietary quantitative portfolio construction process.

The fund’s investment universe consists of approximately 800 stocks and provides broad exposure to the infrastructure sectors as defined by the S&P Global Industry Classification Standard, as well as a range of communication stocks and other companies that are likely to benefit from infrastructure spending.

The fund is managed by the quantitative and structured solutions equity investment team, part of the QSS group at MSIM.

MSIM is the fund’s investment adviser.

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