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REIT ETFs Listed in Singapore: 5 Quick Points of Comparison

In a space of just twelve months, three exchange traded funds (ETFs) featuring real estate investment trusts (REITs) would have been listed on the Singapore stock exchange.

The selling points between the three REIT ETFs can sound similar.

Nikko AM STC Asia REIT (SGX: CPA) called to attention to the booming Asian REIT market that amounts to about US$100 billion in assets for 2017. Phillip APAC SGX REIT ETF (SGX: BYJ) highlighted that investors stand to gain a diversified portfolio of REITs under one umbrella.

Meanwhile, the newest of the trio, Lion-Phillip S-REIT ETF, pointed out its low fees. The latter is set to make its debut at the end of October.

But as we lift the veil on the ETFs, some differences emerge. The table below summarises five points of comparison.

Source: Curated from information provided by Phillips Capital.  

For reference, the largest holding in Phillip APAC SGX REIT ETF is the Hong Kong based Link REIT (as of the end of July). Meanwhile, Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: A17U) tops the allocation list at Nikko AM STC Asia REIT. Elsewhere, Lion Phillip S-REIT ETF is set to hold CapitaLand Mall Trust (SGX: C38U) as its biggest position.

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Editor's note: A factual error regarding the time frame in the first sentence of the article was corrected on 8 October 2017. 

The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. The Motley Fool Singapore has recommended units of Capitaland Mall Trust. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Chin Hui Leong owns units of Capitaland Mall Trust.