Are you SABOing your Investment for Retirement?

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It is a very unfortunate event that investors lost their hard earned money and retirement fund with Six Capital.

Angry investors file police reports against fintech firm SixCapital

What can we as the retail investors learn from this incident?

Let’s use the SABO model to analyse this incident. By the way, this SABO is NOT the Singlish of “Sabotage”.

SABO stands for S (Suitability), A (Affordability), B(Benefit) and O(Objective).

 

Objective

Before we invest, we need to have a very clear objective in mind on why we need to invest, how long is our investment horizon, what is our risk profile, how much time we can allocate to monitor our investment portfolio, etc.. Setting the right objective is very important because it serves as our lighthouse to identify, select and understand the right asset classes to meet our objective.

 

Suitability

Once we are clear with the objective, the next step is to select the asset classes which are suitable to our risk appetite, our life style, available time to do our homework and investment horizon.

Examples of the wrong match of one life style, personality, risk appetite with wrong asset classes and investment strategy:

  • a busy executive scalps forex every night after work;
  • a retiree invests his / her majority of retirement fund in land banking;
  • a person who dislikes numbers trades Option
  • a housewife who does not have computer knowledge trades crytocurrency

It is not sustainable with all the above examples due to the mismatch.

If you are struggling with your current investment, it is strongly suggested you do a review immediately on your current investment portfolio or your trading strategy, before you commit more time and more money doing something which is not suitable to you.

The following questions the investors have to ask to see whether the investment is suitable to them :

  • How the investment strategy can give 18% per year?
  • What are the risks in this investment?
  • What is the worst case scenario?
  • How volatile is this investment?
  • How quickly if the investors want to redeem their investment? Is there a lock in period? Are there any early redemption and other charges?

 

 

Affordability

  • Can we afford to lose all our investment if we make mistake investing in the wrong asset classes or instrument?
  • Can we afford to ride through the market volatility if there is a big correction or black swan event?
  • Can we afford to take more risk for higher return?
  • Can we afford to be ignorant, DIY and listen to tips when come to investing?
  • Can we afford to get professional advice to help building the safe and diversified portfolio?

 

Benefits

  • Is the return of the  investment meet my expectation?
  • Is my expectation realistic?
  • Is it worth to take more risk for additional return?
  • Is my investment liquid and sell anytime when I need money?
  • Can the investment give me Peace of Mind and give me a “Sleep Well” factor?

 

I am rather concern with this statement “A few retirees indicated that they had poured in significant retirement sums. One lady was the age of my mother. She said that she was going to the temple to pray.”

My recommendation to retiree on their retirement fund:

  • First priority is Capital Preservation, Not Chasing for Return because you can’t afford to lose your retirement fund unless you can replenish your capital easily if you lose all of them.
  • Look for investments which are less volatile and pay consistent dividend like Bond or REITs.
  • Nothing is guaranteed in this investment world. Please don’t believe in those marketing materials indicate “Guaranteed Return”, etc. Countries, Banks, Insurance companies can all go bankrupt.. so, where does the guarantee come from?
  • Do have a diversified investment portfolio and Manage the Risk… Don’t put all your eggs into one basket. You cannot afford to make any costly mistake at retirement age. One big mistake may wipe out all your retirement fund.

 

If you need an Independent Third Party to have an unbiased view on  your current investment portfolio (Fee based), you can contact me through email kennyloh@fapl.sg.

 

Scope of the Investment Portfolio Review

  • Identify your Investment Objective
  • Risk Profile Assessment
  • Strength and Weakness of current portfolio
  • Recommendation

 

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Money and Me: The REIT outlook within and beyond Singapore

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18 August 2020 

Money and Me: The REIT outlook within and beyond Singapore
Michelle Martin speaks to Kenny Loh, REIT Specialist and Independent Financial Advisor to discuss the S-REIT space, Sasseur REIT, gold mining stocks, and sweet spots on the local and regional  S-REIT index.

  • S-REITs performance compared to other asset classes
  • Outlooks of some overseas REITs
  • Mapletree Industrial Trust’s move towards datacentres

 

 

Listen to his previous market outlook interviews here:

 

Kenny Loh is a Senior Consultant and REITs Specialist of Singapore’s top Independent Financial Advisor. He helps clients construct diversified portfolios consisting of different asset classes from REITs, Equities, Bonds, ETFs, Unit Trusts, Private Equity, Alternative Investments and Fixed Maturity Funds to achieve an optimal risk adjusted return. Kenny is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, SGX Academy REIT Trainer, Certified IBF Trainer of Associate REIT Investment Advisor (ARIA) and also invited speaker of REITs Sympsosium and Invest Fair. 
You can join my Telegram channel #REITirement – SREIT Singapore REIT Market Update and Retirement related news. https://t.me/REITirement
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Singapore REIT Fundamental Analysis Comparison Table Aug 16 – 2020

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Technical Analysis of FTSE ST REIT Index (FSTAS8670)

FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts (FTSE ST REIT Index) has little changes from 837.43 to 835.40  (-0.35%) compared to last month update. REIT Index has rebounded c43% as of Aug 16 from the bottom on Mar 23, 2020.

Currently the REIT index is currently trading on sideway consolidation, sandwiched between 800 support and 860 resistance. There is a Bollinger Band Squeeze with very tight range and low volatility on FTSE ST REIT Index. The index can start big move in either direction.

As for now, Short term direction: Sideway.

Previous chart on FTSE ST REIT index can be found in the last post Singapore REIT Fundamental Comparison Table on July 12, 2020.

 

Fundamental Analysis of 41 Singapore REITs

The following is the compilation of 41 REITs in Singapore with colour coding of the Distribution Yield, Gearing Ratio and Price to NAV Ratio.

  • Note 1: The Financial Ratio are based on past data and there are lagging indicators.
  • Note 2: This REIT table takes into account the dividend cuts due to COVID-19 outbreak. Yield is calculated trailing twelve months (ttm), therefore REITs with delayed payouts might have lower displayed yields, thus yield displayed might be lower.

 

  • Price/NAV decreased from 0.93 to 0.92 (Singapore Overall REIT sector is undervalued now).
  • Distribution Yield increased from 5.31% to 6.56% (take note that this is lagging number with better visibility after Q2 earning release). About 43.9% of Singapore REITs (18 out of 41) have Distribution Yield > 7%. Do note that these yield numbers are based on current prices taking into account delayed distribution/dividend cuts due to COVID-19.
  • Gearing Ratio maintains increase slightly from 36.47% to 36.61%.  In general, Singapore REITs sector gearing ratio is healthy. Note: Gearing may be affected (ie. potential increase) as the valuation of the portfolio would be reduced.
  • The most overvalued REITs are Keppel DC REIT (Price/NAV = 2.50), followed by Mapletree Industrial Trust (Price/NAV = 1.84), Parkway Life (Price/NAV = 1.82), Mapletree Logistic Trust (Price/NAV = 1.67) and Ascendas REIT (Price/NAV = 1.62).
  • The most undervalued REITs (based on NAV) are Eagle Hospitality Trust* (Price/NAV =0.17), followed by ARA Hospitality Trust (Price/NAV = 0.44), Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (Price/NAV = 0.44), Far East HT (Price/NAV = 0.58) and Starhill Global (Price/NAV = 0.55)
  • The Highest Distribution Yield (TTM) is First REIT (11.09%), followed by Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (10.83%), Prime US REIT (8.66%), ARA Hospitality Trust (8.38%) and Cromwell REIT (8.59%). Reminder that these yield numbers are based on current prices taking into account delayed distribution/dividend cuts due to COVID-19. Some REITs opted for semi annual reporting and thus no quarterly DPU was announced.
  • The Highest Gearing Ratio REITs are ARA US Hospitality Trust (42.5%), ESR REIT (41.8%), Suntec REIT (41.3%), ARA Logos Log Trust (40.4%) (previously Cache Log Trust) and OUE Commercial REIT (40.1%)
  • Top 5 REITs with biggest market capitalisation are Ascendas REIT ($12.5B), Mapletree Logistics Trust ($8.1B), CapitaMall Trust ($6.9B), Mapletree Commercial Trust ($6.3B) and Capitaland Commercial Trust ($6.3B)
  • The bottom 3 REITs with smallest market capitalisation are Eagle Hospitality Trust ($119M), BHG Retail REIT ($290M), United Hamsphire REIT ($286M), ARA Hospitality Trust ($264M) and Elite Commercial REIT ($401M)
  • *Eagle Hospitality Trust is currently suspended

Disclaimer: The above table is best used for “screening and shortlisting only”. It is NOT for investing (Buy / Sell) decision. To learn how to use the table and make investing decision, Sign up next REIT Investing Workshop here to learn how to choose a fundamentally strong REIT for long term investing for passive income generation.

 

Top 20 Performance of the Month (Source: https://stocks.cafe/kenny/free)

 

REIT Sectors Performance (Source: https://stocks.cafe/kenny/overview)

 

Singapore SIBOR Rate Watch

  • 1 month stays at 0.25000%
  • 3 month decreases from 0.43900% to 0.43775%
  • 6 month decreases from 0.62450% to 0.62375%
  • 12 month decreases from 0.96725% to 0.87550%

 

Summary

Fundamentally the whole Singapore REITs is undervalued now based on simple average on the Price/NAV. The REIT index is powered by the big cap Industrial sectors such as Keppel DC REIT, Ascendas REIT, Mapletree Industrial Trust and Mapletree Logistic Trust. See 4 Heavenly Kings REIT here.  Retail & Hospitality sectors, small & medium cap REITs are very attractive based on the NAV. However, do take note that NAV would probably be adjusted downward caused by the devaluation of property value. We have already seen the NAV of some REITs are adjusted downward and the increase of gearing ratio, from the latest earning release or business update.

Yield spread (reference to 10 year Singapore government bond of 0.895%) has increased from 4.414% to 5.665%. The risk premium are still attractive to accumulate Singapore REITs in stages to lock in the current price and long term yield after the recovery.

Technically the REIT Index is currently trading on sideway consolidation with low volatility until the breakout either above 860 resistance and 800 support. Current macro factors such as low interest rate environment and recovery of global economic support the bullish breakout.

 

Note: This above analysis is for my own personal research and it is NOT a buy or sell recommendation. Investors who would like to leverage on my extensive research and years on REIT investing experience can approach me separately for REIT Portfolio Consultation.

 

Kenny Loh is a Senior Consultant and REITs Specialist of Singapore’s top Independent Financial Advisor. He helps clients construct diversified portfolios consisting of different asset classes from REITs, Equities, Bonds, ETFs, Unit Trusts, Private Equity, Alternative Investments and Fixed Maturity Funds to achieve an optimal risk adjusted return. Kenny is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, SGX Academy REIT Trainer, Certified IBF Trainer of Associate REIT Investment Advisor (ARIA) and also invited speaker of REITs Sympsosium and Invest Fair. 
You can join my Telegram channel #REITirement – SREIT Singapore REIT Market Update and Retirement related news. https://t.me/REITirement
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