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The big four – REIT dangers to watch out for

The Fund Manager

Common difficulties and how to avoid them

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a favourite asset class for income seeking investors looking for regular dividends. However, there are a number of difficulties regularly experienced by investors new to REITs, difficulties that are seldom addressed by trainers at public seminars. The following article details four of the main issues commonly faced by REIT investors.

Firstly, dealing with rights issues. REITs in Singapore have to distribute a minimum of 90% of net income to qualify for the relevant tax concessions. As such, it is very common for a REIT to raise funds by acquiring more properties or to refinance debt due to limited cash on hand. When REITs offer rights to existing unit holders, the rights will often be offered at a discount to the prevailing market price. The share price will most likely be adjusted downwards immediately after the announcement. There is also no way for retail investors to sell their current holdings immediately after the announcement is made. Subsequently, the investors are left with no choice but to either subscribe to the rights on offer, by injecting more cash, or are forced to sell the rights at an unfavourable price. If the investors do not have enough ready cash, or forget to subscribe to the rights, they will suffer a loss from their invested capital.

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About Kenny Loh

Kenny Loh

Kenny has been investing in Singapore REITs for about 8 years. He is one of the pioneers of financial bloggers in Singapore. Since 2009, Kenny has been blogging at, reaching 19 thousand unique monthly visitors from 110 countries now. Over the years, Kenny has conducted many seminars and benefited thousands of investors by collaborating with SGX, SIAS, CIMB, RHB, Maybank Kim Eng, CMC Market, City Index, ShareInvestor, InvestingNote, iFAST, Aberdeen Standard Asset Management, Natixis Global Asset Management, Wealth Academy Investor Inner Circle (WAIIC) and Online Traders Club Singapore (OTCS). Kenny has since taught hundreds of attendees, from students, fund managers and businessmen to retirees, teachers, and even fashion designers.

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