Singapore REIT Index Hit by Bear! Panic Sell or Good Time To Buy?

Singapore REIT index has dropped about 11.5% since peaking in Jan 2018. Singapore REIT Index continues the down trend but currently may be finding a temporary support at Resistance Turned Support zone. Singapore REIT sector may fall further if this support is broken. Based on valuation, there are more room to drop further for some REITs but some REITs are closed to attractive entry level.

By the way, I have given a warning since Feb 2018 in my blog post and my seminars.

See previous blog post here.


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  • Should I sell now and buy back later?
  • Should I buy more now?
  • Should I sell everything and park in cash?
  • How low can REIT sector go?
  • Are there better opportunities at the moment besides REITs?
  • When is the good time to buy REITs again?
  • Which REIT sectors should I invest in?
  • How to select Fundamentally strong REITs to invest for long term?

3 Dividend Pitfalls for Dividend Seeking Investors

There is nothing wrong with investing in dividend stocks to generate passive income for your retirement planning. However, it will cause a huge dent in your retirement portfolio if you are investing wrongly. The following are the 3 dividend pitfalls that you have to avoid.

Pitfall No 1: High Dividend Yield is Lagging

Everyone wants to invest in shares which give high dividend yield. It is a no-brainer to choose Share A with a 10% dividend yield over Share B with a 4% dividend yield. However, investors need to be very careful when investing in shares with high dividend yield because ‘dividend yield’ is a lagging number. The high yield could be caused by a sharp drop in the current stock price due to weakening of the fundamentals or poor forward-earning guidance. Investing in such shares may instead cause investors to lose part of the capital invested and receive reduced dividend in the future.

dividend yield - financial alliance

Pitfall No 2: Dividend Pay-out Ratio is Not Guaranteed

There is no guarantee that the underlying shares will continue to pay dividend. The management can change the dividend pay-out ratio due to the company’s profit & loss position, cash flow situation, future expansion considerations and other reasons. Thus, the dividend from Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) is more predictable compared to normal shares, because a REIT must distribute at least 90% of its taxable income to shareholders.

Pitfall No 3: Dividend Pay-out from Capital

Most investors do not read the fine print in the fact sheet before signing the agreement. Quite a number of mutual funds or unit trusts have the flexibility to pay dividend from capital when there is a need to. Such a dividend-paying practice is akin to you paying yourself dividend from your own bank account.

Nowadays, there are many advertisements promoting various investment products which give high dividends to generate passive income for your retirement planning. However, it is very important to pay attention to the above 3 dividend traps before you invest your hard-earned money. Ensure that you consider the above 3 factors, ask questions and get a satisfactory answer before signing any agreement. Alternatively, get a qualified and experienced investment advisor’s help in building your investment portfolio to minimise costly mistakes that may plague you later on.


Kenny Loh is a Senior Consultant at Financial Alliance, the largest Independent Financial Advisor in Singapore. He has won 4 Awards in 2017, Financial Alliance Quality Class Merit Award, Top 5 Investment Asset Under Advice (AUA) Award, Rookie Consultant of the Year Award and Best Practice Consultant Award. Visit his personal profile here:

Singapore REIT Bubble Charts June 2018

Bubble charts derived from June 1, 2018 Singapore REITs Fundamental Comparison Table. Two observations compared to last Bubble Charts.

(1) The continued selling for Singapore REITs shift the bubbles to the left (slightly lower Price/NAV).

(2) Yield spread between Big cap and small cap has started to tigthen a little bit. Yield for a number of REITs have started to move up.

Disclaimer: The analysis is for Author own use and NOT to be used as Buy / Sell recommendation. Get a proper training on “How to use this Singapore REIT Bubble Charts?” here.

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These Bubble Charts are used to show the “relative” position compare to other Singapore REITs.

Two visual bubble charts to pick and avoid:

  1. Undervalue Singapore REITs with High Distribution Yield** (Value Pick)
  2. Overvalue Singapore REITs with High Gearing Ratio (Risk Avoidance)

** Distribution Yield are lagging.


Compared to previous Singapore REIT Bubble Charts here.


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