Trustee Douglas Peterson '80 P'14 P'15 on the $500 billion infrastructure gap
President and Chief Executive Officer of McGraw Hill Financial, and former President of Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, is no stranger to making the news. Recent months have been particularly busy, with Peterson asked to speak numerous times about the $500 billion infrastructure hole that’s estimated by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services. This is the annual gap expected for the next 15 years between investment needs and available public funds.
The gap, he says, is a result of governments “funding less and less of their infrastructure.” Banks make up about $300 billion of the gap, but have capital constraints and regulations “and they’ve been very flat for many years now,” Peterson told a CNN interviewer.
So how is the remaining $200 billion gap to be funded? Peterson says it will come down to institutional investors: insurance companies, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and others.
Peterson explained why infrastructure matters: “Infrastructure is one of the most important drivers of jobs and of growth. It’s also something we leave behind for new generations to benefit from. That infrastructure is related to their well being, and to the continuing cycle of jobs and growth,” he said.
- Read Peterson’s piece, Bridging the Infrastructure Funding Gap, in Forbes.
- Peterson’s interview on CNN .
- Peterson’s appearance on CNBC
- The S&P Report: “Global Infrastructure: How To Fill A $500 Billion Hole”
- The Wall Street Journal Online (Peterson Discusses McGraw Hill’s Global Operations)
- CNBC's Squawk Box, with hosts Steve Liesman and Andrew Ross Sorkin (Peterson talks about MHFI)
- Fox Business Network (Peterson on MHFI's Global Strategy)