As we have discussed in this column several months ago, Singapore’s real estate market seemed to have turned the corner in 2017. The enbloc transactions of residential projects suggest that developers are interested in accumulating their land bank again, and the early signs of office rental increases suggest that the general real estate market has reached an equilibrium point. As such, we have suggested that REITs and other forms of real estate may begin to see positive performance in 2018.
After the US published surprisingly robust data for unemployment and hourly wages in early February, the global stock market recorded a quick sell-off. At its trough, the Strait Times Index had a month-to-date fall of 4.5 percent, and other markets, especially the Greater Chinese bourses, had sharper falls. Hong Kong, for example, recorded its sharpest weekly fall in history when the Hang Seng Index fell by about 10 percent. In Hong Kong, the fall has since then been nicknamed the “Black Week”.
Even though the current interest rate upcycle started in December 2015, the current interest rate environment remains benign. As of January 2018, there have been five increases, and the market expects another three increases this year. The long end of the curve, measured by the 10-year US government bond rate, likewise, is still benign and below the 2014 peak, even after the increase observed this month.
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