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Buy The Best Singapore REITs With This Complete Guide

In this complete Singapore real estate investment trusts (S-REITs) guide, we have compiled all the best REIT articles from The Motley Fool Singapore’s flagship website, These articles touch on a wide range of topics, from the basics of REITs to the risks involved when investing in REITs. We also have a bonus section for readers right at the end.

So, let’s dive right in.

What are REITs?

REITs trade like stocks in the stock market. However, unlike most companies, they own an underlying portfolio of real estate assets in a unique structure (more on the structure later). Therefore, REITs allow investors to gain exposure to the property market with very little money.

REITs generate income from renting and selling assets. The money that is earned is paid out to unitholders through regular distributions, usually on a quarterly basis. REITs are unlike common stocks in that they enjoy unique tax transparency treatment. To qualify for the treatment, REITs are required to pay out at least 90% of their taxable income to unitholders in the same year in which the income comes in. These high dividend payouts make Singapore REITs very attractive as an investment, particularly for income-hungry investors who are looking for passive income.

More information on REITs can be found below:

REITs versus investing in other instruments

REITs are just one investment vehicle available to investors. There are various other investments open to the public such as stocks, property trusts, physical properties, and bonds. In the following articles, learn more about the differences between REITs and the various investment instruments:

As they say, many roads lead to Rome —  and one of them is the REITs-road

S-REIT regulations

REITs are regulated instruments. Check out some of the key regulations that Singapore REIT investors need to know from the article below:

REIT structure

Unlike a typical listed company, REITs are structured differently with entities such as a trustee, REIT manager, and so on. Using Frasers Centrepoint Trust (SGX: J69U) as an example, learn more about a typical REIT structure from the article below:

Different type of REITs available

There are many types of REITs investors can invest in. Jump into the article below to learn about the retail REITs, commercial REITs, and many more:

REIT financial statements

Daunted by the financial statements of REITs? Fret not. The article below distils out the critical information you should look out for in a REIT’s report card.

Valuing REITs can be different from valuing companies

REIT valuation

Unlike listed companies, REITs are valued slightly differently. With the help of Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (SGX: D5IU) and CapitaLand Mall Trust (SGX: C38U), learn more about the price-to-book ratio, distribution yield and more from the link below:

Choosing the best REITs

Get help with investing in the best REITs through the articles below:

Types of REITs to avoid

Not all REITs are made the same. There are some red flags to look out for before investing in REITs as discussed below:

Risks when investing in REITs

The bears are out. Check out some of the risks involved with REITs:

Instead of buying many individual REITs, you can buy a basket of REITs (read: ETFs) for instant diversification

REIT exchange-traded funds

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are traded on a stock exchange, just like REITs. The main difference between ETFs and REITs is that ETFs track a specific index. Therefore, the returns of the ETFs would usually be the same as the underlying index. In Singapore, as of August 2018, there were three REIT ETFs, namely, Nikko AM STC Asia REIT ETF (SGX: CFA), Phillip APAC SGX REIT ETF (SGX: BYJ) (SGX: BYI) and Lion-Phillip S-REIT ETF (SGX: CLR). Learn more about the REIT ETFs below:

Commonly used terms in REITs investing

When we invest in REITs, there are lots of acronyms to grapple with. To make your life easier, below is a glossary of commonly used REIT terms:

Bonus contents

For sticking on, below are some bonus contents produced for you. We have a useful REITs investing checklist; we discuss what REITs investors should do amid the increasing interest rates, and reveal some REITs that have consistently increased their distributions for the past five years.

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Disclosure: The Motley Fool Singapore contributor Sudhan P contributed to this article. The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. At the time of publication (17 August 2018), The Motley Fool Singapore recommended units of Frasers Centrepoint Trust and CapitaLand Mall Trust, and Motley Fool Singapore contributor Sudhan P owned units in CapitaLand Mall Trust.