Singaporeans love to invest in real estate. It is, therefore, no surprise that real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been a popular investment vehicle in Singapore since its debut in 2002. Without further ado, here are five interesting facts about REITs in Singapore.
1) Singapore is the second largest REIT market in Asia
Singapore has been a popular destination for REIT listings. Since its debut in 2002, the Singapore REIT market has grown to become the second largest REIT market in Asia, behind Japan.
2) There are a total of 44 REITs and property-related trusts and securities in Singapore
There have been numerous REIT and property related trusts listing each year. The total tally now stands at 44. They each offer their unique value proposition and area of speciality, giving investors a variety of options to choose from.
3) There are 3 REIT ETFs in Singapore
REIT exchange-traded funds (ETFs) track the performance of a group of REITs, giving investors exposure to a larger portfolio of properties. To find out about the three REIT ETFs, you can head here.
4) REITs have outperformed the Straits Times Index in recent years
A widely-used Singapore REIT index, which consists of the 20 largest and most traded REITs in Singapore, delivered 11.1% annually for the past five years. The Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), on the other hand, only returned 5.6% annually during the same period.
5) 3 REIT listings in Singapore this year
There were a total of three new REITs that listed in Singapore this year. The strong performance of REITs in Singapore in the past and the attention it garners from Singaporean investors have been key to attracting listings in Singapore.
The Foolish bottom line
Investing in REITs in Singapore has rewarded shareholders handsomely in recent years. This year was an exceptionally good year for REITs as more investors gained confidence in the property market.
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