Author: InvestAsian

Investing in Singapore Property: The Ultimate Guide

Singapore’s transformation from a malarial swamp to one of the richest nations in the world has been nothing short of astonishing. Its strategic location along the Strait of Malacca, a pro-business government, openness to foreign investment, along with a bit of ingenuity have all helped the country leap forward over the past few decades. Having the most developed economy in the region and hosting Southeast Asia’s financial center, Singapore is unique among its neighbors. It’s a stark contrast to nearby emerging markets such as Indonesia and The Philippines. For investors, this leads to both strengths and weaknesses for Singapore’s...

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Singapore Property is in Bad Health, but This Firm Isn’t

Real estate has had its ups and downs over the past several years, but there is something to be said for being able to receive cash flow every month – especially from commercial property which in general, has higher returns and occupancy rates than residential real estate. Singapore, the smallest country in the ASEAN region, had a rough time in 2015 with property values sliding downhill. However, the lack of space on the island along with its business-friendly policies, wealth (one in six households in Singapore are millionaires), and strategic location bode well for its fundamentals in the long term.   Singapore House...

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Haze Bringing Down Business in Singapore

The majority of the businesses in Singapore are taking a hit as a result of the persistent hazardous haze that has been putting a damper on customers’ desire to go on their outdoor adventures. Those which are bracing themselves for a long decline in sales are also those which were deeply looking forward to a surge from Formula 1 week – one of the biggest and most profitable weeks of the year for many businesses. A few of these firms have already started to see their takings go down. Many establishments, especially restaurants with ample outdoor seats, have been greatly affected according to Singapore River...

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Woeful Growth in Singapore is Reassured

Singapore’s GDP grew far less than what economists had hoped in Q2 with a 1.7% growth being reported – a somewhat dismal performance following a 2.8% growth for Q1. Critics have suggested that Singapore’s contracting manufacturing sector is to blame, which reported a 4.0% decline in Q2 following a 2.7% decline from Q1, though it can be said that their goods producing industry, in general, is suffering, with bio-medical manufacturing and transport engineering clusters being the main cause. However, firms are trying to counteract this decline, with 70% of manufacturing firms planning to invest in new machinery and other innovative technologies...

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Singapore’s Economy Sagged in Q2 of 2015

With sluggish global demand and government restrictions on foreign labor hitting the manufacturing sector, Singapore’s economy contracted in the second quarter of this year, dampening the mood ahead of Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) showed on Tuesday that the decline in gross domestic product amounted to a 4.6% quarter-on-quarter contraction in April-June. The sharp slump came totally unexpected — the first quarter clocked in a 4.2% expansion. The manufacturing sector contracted 14% on quarter. With already weak inflation numbers — annual core inflation hit a five year low of 0.1% in May. Some economists believe...

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Crowdfunding: A Growing Trend in ASEAN

Singapore-based CoAssets is making crowdfunding as an investment more mainstream not only in its own market, but across the region and after a fresh listing in Australia, the company has put a spotlight on this alternative way of investment. CoAssets is a crowdfunding platform that matches property deals with investors, whether it would be mezzanine loans to developers or equity in physical property. The company started trading on the National Exchange of Australia (NSSX) under the symbol “CAX” last Wednesday, representing the first public listing for a real estate crowdfunding platform based in Southeast Asia. The financial accounts of the company were audited twice by...

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Singapore: A Launchpad for Clean Technology

In Late June, Singapore hosted the EU Business Avenues 2015 trade mission. The event was held at held the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, where more than 250 meetings between European and Southeast Asian firms took place. The delegate  brought 41 small and medium clean tech European enterprises to meet Southeast Asian firms in order to assess business opportunities and strengthen their trade ties. The European companies had various different specializations and areas of expertise including energy efficiency, pollution control, waste and water technology sectors. The participants from the European side were carefully selected and coached prior to their participation....

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Singapore Manufacturing Remains Strong

Singapore’s manufacturing industry, one of Southeast Asia’s largest despite the island nation’s small size, grew for the second month in a row in June after contracting for five straight months. The city state’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) came out with reading of 50.4 -a 0.2 point gain from May. A number above 50 shows that manufacturing activity is increasing, while one below 50 means that it is slowing. Export orders decreased, but an expansion in new orders, as well as an increase in production output, contributed to a higher PMI reading. Singapore’s electronics sector enjoyed the highest manufacturing growth at 50.3...

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Investors Go Short on Singapore Stocks

Stocks in Singapore are being shorted now more than ever in recent history as investors and speculators alike seek to gain from weak profits of companies exposed to China, which faces a sagging economy, and/or the energy sector which is suffering from low oil prices. Although Singapore, unlike larger stock markets such as Hong Kong and the United States, has never been a haven for short sellers because of the Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) comparatively smaller size, the presence of short sellers surged in the first half of 2015. According to data from Markit, a financial services firm based in the United...

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Singapore vs. Hong Kong: Battle for Asia’s Financial Hub

With a population of over 4 billion and growing, things that happen in Asia will increasingly shape the rest of the world – but not all countries will benefit equally. As more money is made and invested throughout Asia, the financial hubs of the region will facilitate the flow of capital and profit the most. Singapore and Hong Kong are arguably the biggest contenders for the title of Asia’s main financial center and the rivalry between them can at times be intense. It’s easy to see why because the two cities have many things in common with each other....

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Singapore Faces Property Bubble, Will it Burst?

Real estate prices in Singapore have plummeted since the beginning of 2015, and analysts are worried that the city-states’ property bubble could burst soon. Singapore’s real estate market has underperformed since February of this year, when home sales were 48% lower compared to the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, residential prices fell by 4% in 2014 even while those in neighboring ASEAN countries boomed. Christine Li, Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Singapore branch, says to expect poor performance for the rest of 2015. “I think the decline will continue as long as cooling measures are in place for the...

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