Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE: FTAI) is focused on investing in high quality infrastructure and equipment that is essential for the transportation of goods and people globally. Our Infrastructure Business acquires long-life assets or operating businesses that provide mission-critical services or functions to transportation networks. Our Equipment Leasing Business acquires assets that are designed to carry cargo or people or provide functionality to transportation infrastructure. We currently invest across four market sectors: aviation, energy, intermodal transport and rail.
We believe that market developments around the world are generating significant opportunities for the acquisition of infrastructure and equipment essential to the transportation industry. Global trade growth has consistently outpaced global GDP growth over the last three decades and has fueled a large and growing demand for both cargo and passenger-related transportation infrastructure and equipment. At the same time, significant market dislocations are providing tremendous new investment opportunities. Traditional capital providers such as governments and European banks are not keeping pace with the need for long-term capital to support the industry, and we believe this shortage will continue for years to come.
Our objective is to leverage our proven investment expertise to drive attractive risk adjusted returns that will help deliver strong and growing dividends to our shareholders. We target stable long term cash flows and employ conservative capital structures to generate returns throughout different interest rate environments. We take an active approach centered around identifying and executing on opportunities, responding to the changing market environment, dynamically managing our investment portfolio to enhance returns and strategically exiting investments to harvest gains.
We are externally managed and advised by FIG LLC, an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, which is a leading global investment management firm with $70.1 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2016.