The Weekly Nibble: A Focus on Singapore

Here are some of the most interesting articles that have appeared on the Motley Fool Singapore’s website this week.

Singapore Budget 2018

Singapore Budget 2018 was unveiled on 19 February. For our coverage of the budget and the listed companies that could benefit, you can check out the links below:

a) Three Announcements in the Singapore Budget That Will Affect Investors – click here

b) Singapore Budget 2018: The Singapore-Listed Companies That Could Benefit (Or Be Harmed) – click here

c) Singapore Budget 2018: These Singapore-Listed Entities Could Benefit (And a Bonus Tip) – click here

3 Things You Should Know When Investing In REITs

When we invest in properties, we usually compare the prices of properties around the same area to see if we are getting a good deal. Similarly, when investing in real estate investment trusts (REITs), we can compare the price-to-book (PB) ratio of REITs in the same industry.

On top of comparing the PB ratio, we can also look at two other aspects before putting our hard-earned money into REITs.

You can jump into Jeremy Chia’s article to find out more.

Dividends Are Making Global Investors Richer Than Ever!

Investors worldwide had a windfall from investing in stocks in 2017.

Last year, “global investors received an incredible $1.252 trillion in company dividends”, marking a new record. It was also “a rise of 7.7% across the year, the fastest rate of growth since 2014”.

The article added:

“Payouts increased in every region and almost every industry, with record-breaking increases in 11 out of 41 countries, including the US, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and the Netherlands.”

For this year, it is predicted that global dividend payments will total $1.348 trillion, which would be another record.

Thus far, in Singapore, the trio of banks – DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: D05), Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Limited (SGX: O39) and United Overseas Bank Ltd (SGX: U11) – have all raised their full-year dividends. For one, DBS’ 2017 dividend surged 55% as compared to that of 2016.

Meanwhile, we believe we’ve identified a dividend dynamo whose financials are strong enough to qualify its dividend as “safe” – and have profiled this stock in a research report that’s now available to download completely free of charge. Simply click here to claim your copy today!

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 shares of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and United Overseas Bank Ltd. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Sudhan P doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.