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Real Estate Remains A Choice Asset

Real Estate Remains A Choice Asset

Family offices planning to rebalance their portfolios would turn to real estate, which offers stable cash flows, tax breaks and leverage opportunities. The weaker property prices in the wake of the Covid-19 situation have created opportunities for investors with long-term outlook.  According to UBS Global Family Office Report 2020, almost half the 121 family offices surveyed are looking to increase their allocation in real estate. Singapore saw 998 new private homes sales in June, 105 percent increase from the previous month due to pent-up demand and an increase in for...

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Indonesia, Officially An Upper-middle Income Country

Indonesia, Officially An Upper-middle Income Country

Indonesia saw its GNI per capita rise to US$4,050 (S$5,648) last year, surpassing the income threshold for upper-middle income, from US$3,840 in 2018. According to the World Bank’s latest country classifications by income level, Indonesia is now officially an upper-middle income country, an upgrade from its previous status as lower-middle income. Upper-middle income status categorises countries with a GNI per capita of US$4,046 to US$12,535. The classifications are based on gross national income (GNI) per capita. The World Bank uses the indicator to decide whether a country may...

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Longer Timeline to TOP

Longer Timeline to TOP

Singapore moved into the second phase of re-opening in June, last month.  Construction has nearly stopped altogether when the circuit breaker measures come into place, shrinking 95.6% q-o-q according to the advance forecast from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Even though construction activities are picking up, delays continue as manpower issues remain a challenge. Border restrictions impeded the possibility of getting new foreign workers into Singapore, adding to the manpower crunch. Contractors have to implement health and safety measures before getting more workers on sit...

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Government Land Supply Calibrated For H2 2020

Government Land Supply Calibrated For H2 2020

The Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme for the second half of 2020 comprises three Confirmed List sites and nine Reserve List sites. These sites can yield about 6,670 private residential units, 101,500 sqm gross floor area (GFA) of commercial space and 1,070 hotel rooms. Taking into consideration the economic contraction and uncertain business outlook caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the supply of private residential units on the Confirmed List was reduced. There will also not be any new sites for predominantly commercial or hotel use in the GLS Programme for H2 2020. A good selection...

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Singapore Continues To Be Top In Global Competitiveness

Singapore Continues To Be Top In Global Competitiveness

Singapore retained its top spot as world’s most competitive economy in the latest Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Ranking. Its win came on the back of its strong economic performance which stems from the country’s robust international trade and investment, availability of skilled labour force and labour market measures. Apart from the relative ease of setting up business, other key strengths include its stable performances in both the education system and technological infrastructure – comprising telecommunications, Internet bandwidth spe...

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Developers Adjust To Covid-19

Developers Adjust To Covid-19

Since the pandemic struck, there were much changes as developers adjust to the market conditions. Sales have stalled with show galleries shuttered on 7 April 2020 when the circuit breaker measures set in. Developers have turned to technology from digital marketing to virtual viewing and tele-commuting to engage with prospective buyers. Some developers are offering discounts ranging from a meagre S$3,000 for a one-bedroom unit at Treasure at Tampines to S$100,000 for a strata terrace house at Riverfront Residences. For projects such as Starlight Suites that are already completed and hav...

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Real Estate Market In Hong Kong Continues To Thrive

Real Estate Market In Hong Kong Continues To Thrive

Hong Kong remains as the world’s most expensive real estate market. It recorded 6,885 property deals in May as the city eases pandemic measures. The average price citywide stands at HK$$15,589 per square foot, making it the world’s least affordable market. A controversial security law introduced by China has prompted the United States to threaten removal of Hong Kong’s special status and is triggering concerns about capital outflow, sparking renewed pro-democracy protests and increasing tensions in a city trying to recover from the pandemic. The doubts about Hong K...

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Fortitude To Persevere, Adapt And Emerge Stronger

Fortitude To Persevere, Adapt And Emerge Stronger

Singapore will roll back from its circuit breaker measures from 2 June 2020. The economy and society will resume in three phases. With that in mind, a fourth Fortitude budget amounting to $33 billion was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat today. Together with the Unity , Resilience and Solidarity Budgets , Singapore is dedicating close to $100 billion (or $92.9 billion) or almost 20 per cent (19.2 per cent) of Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  to battle against this pandemic. Over $16 billion has been distributed from the previous budgets. The Unity...

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March Home Sales Slowed

March Home Sales Slowed

Developers continued to launch 578 new homes for sale in March, albeit at a slower pace. The four new projects launched were 19 Nassim and Kopar at Newton in the Core Central Region (CCR), as well as 77 @ East Coast and Tedge in the Outside Central Region (OCR).  New homes sold from the new launches and ongoing projects totalled 660 units. The top 3 performers were Jadescape which saw 76 units sold at a median price of S$1,719 psf, Treasure At Tampines with 69 units sold and Parc Esta which sold 63 units. Compared to February 2020, the units launched in March were...

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Support Measures for Covid-19 Across Asia

Support Measures for Covid-19 Across Asia

News of the coronavirus broke in late 2019 as pneumonia of unknown cause. Declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March 2020, there are more than 1.8 million people who had been infected and over 110,000 deaths resulting from the virus. WHO and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held a joint press conference to cover the economic impacts of the pandemic, highlighting the importance of debt relief to avoid economic collapse and social welfare programs to ensure people have essentials.    Governments are doing their best to protect their people, provide d...

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