10 Mar '17, 8am

Singapore gives falling house prices a fillip before the Fed raises rates

Global asset markets may not be taking Janet Yellen's warnings on rate increases too seriously, but Singapore got Fed-ready Friday with the surprise announcement that the city is easing property curbs. Starting in 2009, those restrictions on buying, selling and financing real estate came in waves of increasing severity after Singapore found its open economy inundated with cheap money printed by Western central banks. Seven years later, it seems the so-called "macroprudential" measures have already done their job -- probably a bit too well. Slump Over? Home prices dropped for 13 consecutive quarters in the wake of stricter curbs in 2012 and 2013 Source: Bloomberg; Urban Redevelopment Authority Unlike in Hong Kong, where a glut of Chinese liquidity blunted the edge of cooling measures and kept real estate on the boil, 13 consecutive quarters of drops in Singapore home prices...

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