29 Nov '16, 4am

Stay financially prudent, be cautious with property purchases, MAS tells Singaporeans

SINGAPORE: Despite the slowing economy, most households and companies in Singapore have “ample financial buffers” to weather potential challenges, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said in its latest Financial Stability Review released on Tuesday (Nov 29). However, the banking regulator cautioned that households should stay financially prudent and manage their debts to ensure they have sufficient funds for retirement. “In particular, households should consider their housing choices carefully, as retirement adequacy could be compromised should households overstretch their finances to purchase more expensive housing,” it said. MAS also said that household balance sheets have strengthened and the property market has stabilised after macroprudential measures were introduced to cool the real estate market. But “there is still some way to go to entrench these gains”, so ...

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