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Understanding China’s financial market chaos

Virtually the entire Chinese economy, especially sectors with heavy investment inflows, such as technology, social media and private education, is in a state of flux. Foreign investors are pulling their positions, Chinese CEOs are under strict scrutiny and stocks are in a free fall as Chinese regulators continue to unleash a regulatory tide fuelled by […]

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Office rent exposure in Asia Pacific

Covid 19’s impact on the Asia Pacific office market has been that buoyant demand leading into the pandemic was quickly stymied as corporate occupiers sought to limit cost exposures and assess their real estate needs. In line with this, vacancy has increased and rents have softened across most markets, pushing them towards greater tenant-friendly status. […]

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Tokyo 2020

How Japan’s moment of glory has become a millstone for the economy. “Japan is back!” declared Shinzo Abe, the then Japanese prime minister, after he made a surprise appearance dressed as Super Mario at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Tokyo 2020 was supposed to be a moment of national glory, a chance to […]

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Impacts of US monetary policy on Pacific Rim commercial real estate

Rising interest rates are of concern for global economists and practitioners, as an increasing level of government bonds have been employed throughout the world during the Covid pandemic. To read my forecast of the incremental interest rates, see my recent journal article and PhD thesis. Details of the varying magnitude of interest rate sensitivity for […]

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Remembering the Tiananmen Square Massacre

On 4 June 1989, an estimated one million peaceful protestors in China were met with machine gun fire and tank columns in what would be known forever as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Simply known as the ‘June 4th Incident’ in China, where discussion is heavily censored, this date marks one of the most horrific exercises […]

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Singapore REITs: monthly analysis 

FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts (FTSE ST REIT Index) decreased slightly from 865.91 to 849.11 (-1.94%) compared to last month’s update. Currently the Singapore REIT index is still trading with a range between 816 and 874. Yield spread (in reference to 10-year Singapore government bond of 1.52%) continues to tighten from 3.809% to 3.8%. However, […]

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How can China learn from the global REITs sector?

China is close to launching nine infrastructure REITs to finance national infrastructure projects (eg, industrial parks, warehouses, tollways, sewage plants) for the first time, with an estimated market capitalisation of US$4.7b by May 2021. These nine China REITs (C-REITs) are allowed to be sold and traded on both the Shanghai Stock Exchange (five REIT equities) […]

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Singapore REITs: Monthly analysis 

FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts (FTSE ST REIT Index) increased slightly from 859.68 to 865.91 (+0.72%) compared to last month’s update. Currently the Singapore REIT index is still trading with a range between 816 and 874. Yield spread (in reference to the 10-year Singapore government bond of 1.551%) continues to tighten from 4.08% to 3.809%. […]

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