Author: InvestAsian

Why I’m Bullish on Singapore Real Estate

The Singapore real estate market is among the world’s most expensive. Home prices in the city-state rank second highest in Asia, just behind Hong Kong. You’d have to pay in the range of US$2 million just to buy a small, two-bedroom apartment in a central area. Most locals don’t even own private property because of these high costs. Over 80% of Singaporeans live in public flats built by the city’s Housing and Development Board (HBD). To be clear, public housing in Singapore is much nicer than practically anywhere else. We’re talking about a wealthy country where one out of...

Read More

These are Asia’s Most Expensive Cities to Buy Property

Asia has some of the most expensive real estate markets on the planet. In fact, the continent now hosts half of the world’s costliest cities to buy property. I’m not saying that a costly market is a good one to invest in. The contrary is often true. But some of Asia’s megacities have a reputation for stability and safety – especially the region’s financial centers. Rich buyers are choosing to store their wealth in the form of property in places like Singapore. This is happening as other types of investment, such as stocks, are near all-time highs with unattractive...

Read More

These Are Asia’s Most Expensive Cities to Buy Property

Asia has some of the most expensive real estate markets on the planet. In fact, the continent now hosts half of the world’s costliest cities to buy property. I’m not saying that a costly market is a good one to invest in. The contrary is often true. But some of Asia’s megacities have a reputation for stability and safety – especially the region’s financial centers. Rich buyers are choosing to store their wealth in the form of property in places like Singapore. This is happening as other types of investment, such as stocks, are near all-time highs with unattractive...

Read More

Will These Countries be the Next Singapore?

Singapore’s economy is often used as a prime example of how business-friendly policies can jumpstart a country’s growth. Most of our readers are probably familiar with Singapore’s transformation from a malarial swamp to one of the richest nations on the planet. The city’s startling development over the past few decades is leading some investors to search for “the next Singapore”. Why not invest in Singapore itself? Quite simply, the opportunities have come and gone. It’s much harder to invest in Singapore than it once was. They have enough money now and don’t need yours. Incentives and options for investors...

Read More

Will These Countries be the Next Singapore?

Singapore’s economy is often used as a prime example of how business-friendly policies can jumpstart a country’s growth. Most of our readers are probably familiar with Singapore’s transformation from a malarial swamp to one of the richest nations on the planet. The city’s startling development over the past few decades is leading some investors to search for “the next Singapore”. Why not invest in Singapore itself? Quite simply, the opportunities have come and gone. It’s much harder to invest in Singapore than it once was. They have enough money now and don’t need yours. Incentives and options for investors...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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

Property markets have their ups and downs, but there’s something to be said for receiving cash flow every month. This is especially true for commercial property which in general, has higher returns and occupancy rates than residential real estate. Singapore property has a certain kind of stability which is hard to find elsewhere in Asia. 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 over the...

Read More

Does E-Commerce in Singapore Threaten its Malls?

With the advent of e-commerce and online shops selling anything you could ever think about buying, some fear for the safety of shopping malls. E-commerce in Singapore could especially be a threat, bringing down the malls which the country is famous for. There have been a number of cities where e-commerce overtook the physical means of shopping. However, in-depth research into the shopping behaviors and statistics of Singaporean shoppers prove that physical stores’ performance has improved. Malls are here to stay with e-commerce actually augmenting sales. There are four main reasons why experts think shopping malls will stand strong in Singapore.  ...

Read More

Singapore Still Easiest Country for Business. Can it Stay?

For the past decade, Singapore has led the world in being the easiest country for business. Consistently being ranked number one, the country boasts impressive conditions which most nations are still working towards. Here’s an analysis of the key success factors leading up to this result. We’ll also cover the areas Singapore should improve if they want to extend their rule over the world for another decade. According to the World Bank’s “Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency” , Singapore is still crowned as king because of 10 factors measured across all aspects of doing business. However, other countries are...

Read More

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...

Read More

Haze in Singapore Bringing Down Business

The majority of the businesses in Southeast Asia’s smallest nation are taking a hit as a result of the persistent, hazardous haze in Singapore 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...

Read More

Weak GDP Growth in Singapore Will Continue

Singapore’s GDP growth was far less than economists hoped in Q2, rising by just 1.7%. This followed another weak quarter in Q1 where the city state’s economy grew by 2.8%. Critics suggest that Singapore’s manufacturing industry is to blame. The sector suffered a 4.0% decline in Q2 following a 2.7% decline from Q1. However, Singapore’s goods producing industry, in general, faces a decline too. Weak biomedical manufacturing and transport engineering clusters are the main cause. Singapore’s contraction also results from a poor Q1 in the USA and Europe. As such, demand for certain export goods declined. Firms are trying to counteract this decline....

Read More

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...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter