Regulator gives Singapore Reits a vote of confidence

Standard & Poor''s analysts explain how recent regulatory changes are enabling local Reits to take on more risk in the search for greater yield.

Singapore Real Estate Investment Trusts REITs have been given a vote of confidence by the government with recent changes in regulation that could open the door for these trusts to take on more risk in the search for greater yield. Equally, however, the new framework for Singapore REITs provides more detailed and prescriptive regulation surrounding property development activity and corporate governance that should protect investors from management excess.

Ever since CapitaMall Trust listed as the first Singapore REIT in July 2002, REITs have become an alternative and increasingly popular channel for investors to participate in Singapore's real estate market. Today there are seven listed REITs in...

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