06 Oct '16, 4am

A Costly Oil Change for Singapore Property Trusts

Rising oil prices may have arrived at just the right time for investors in Singapore's real-estate investment trusts, which are about to start feeling the pain that the commodity slump has inflicted on the city-state's economy. You'd hardly know it from looking at the FTSE Straits Times Real Estate Investment Trust Index. The gauge is up 10.5 percent in 2016, having reached its highest in more than a year in early September. Shaky Foundation Singapore REITs have been on the rise even as rental and property prices have dropped Source: Bloomberg Much of the rally is probably due to low interest rates, which buoy the value of real estate trusts, with their steady, bond-like dividend payments. Singapore's benchmark swap offered rate hit the lowest in more than 18 months on Sept. 26 as authorities work to boost a slowing economy. Leveraged Boost A drop in Singapore interest rat...

Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-10-06/oil-...

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