The Monthly Nibble: 3 Most Popular Articles for November

Here are some of the most popular articles that have appeared on The Motley Fool Singapore’s website for the month.

Why Did First Real Estate Investment Trust’s Unit Price Plunge Yesterday?

Units in First Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: AW9U) have been ailing in the past week.

As a quick background, First REIT owns 20 properties — mostly healthcare-related —in Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. On 19 November, the REIT’s unit price tumbled more than 7%. What could be the reason behind the sudden fall? Jeremy Chia finds out more in his article.

(Post-publication note: As an update to the market, on 21 November, the REIT’s manager announced that it is unaware of “any material information which has not previously been announced or otherwise made known in the public domain from any source that could have caused the volatility in the unit price of First REIT.” The manager added that it is continually looking at “potential acquisition opportunities as well as the potential means of funding these acquisitions,” and that equity fundraising is possible to fund such acquisitions.)

The 20 Best Singapore Shares to Own For November 2018 and Beyond

In this article, I explored the top 20 shares that emerged from a screen based on the Magic Formula investing strategy that was developed by investor Joel Greenblatt. The approach was outlined in Greenblatt’s investing book, The Little Book That Beats The Market.

The Magic Formula works by ranking stocks according to their cheapness and their quality. Investors must then hold a basket of highly-ranked stocks for one year before repeating the ranking process to create a new bucket of stocks. For those who wish to know the metrics that are used for the screen, you can head to another article here.

Shares of Asian Pay Television Trust Crash As Massive Cut In Distributions Announced

On 13 November 2018, Asian Pay Television Trust (SGX: S7OU) closed at S$0.315. But the very next day, the trust saw its units crash 49% to S$0.16.

Asian Pay Television Trust’s fall from grace can be mostly attributed to its poor set of 2018 third-quarter results and a sharp cut in distributions. Chin Hui Leong and Royston Yang jointly study the trust’s latest earnings, and the amount of distributions unitholders can expect to be paid going forward.

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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 First REIT. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Sudhan P doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.