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Hi everyone, should I do ETF or REITs if I want to invest $10k (I am just a student)? And should I use SYFE or brokers? I am very lost to be honest...?
Hi Anon, I think it's great that you are getting started with your investment journey early. There are many types of ETFs out there, ranging from sector ETFs, index ETFs, growth ETFs, bond ETFs, or even REIT ETFs for that matter. For the rest of my answer, I'll assume you're talking about growth ETFs. As for ETFs vs REITs, I think it depends what your investment objective is. If your objective is capital appreciation (which I feel is what it should be at this age), you should go for ETFs or even pick individual stocks if you have the time to do your research. If your goal is for dividends/passive income, REITs will be a better choice. Also, there is no harm in doing both. To choose between Syfe vs brokers, it depends on your commitment level and your knowledge. If you are well-equipped with knowledge of the markets, I would reccomend opening a brokerage account and picking your indivudal stocks/ETFs. If you're not, you Syfe will ask you a couple of questions based on your risk appetite and reccomend a portfolio to you. The portfolio will have a pre-allocated set of ETFs. With Syfe, you also can set up a recurring payment to DCA into the market. Basically, the amount of work you need to do for Syfe is much lesser. I reccomend that you get started with Syfe (or any robo-advisor of your choice), get a taste of the market and when you're ready, open a brokerage account and start buying indivual ETFs.

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For OUE Commercial REIT, we have seen One Raffles Place and OUE Downtown are below the average office occupancy rate. What are the contributing factors?
Teo ZhengLong
Teo ZhengLong
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Answered 2d ago
As shared by OUE Commercial REIT during the live session, OUE Commercial REIT has mentioned that during the 2nd Quarter, it was a challenging leasing period for these 2 properties as potential tenants could not view the office spaces and fit out works are unable to be completed in time. This has resulted in the tenants being cautious in terms of occupancy and some tenants have put their expansion plans on hold. However, OUE Commercial REIT has put in place measures to retain tenants and occupancy rate will likely to be stable for this period.

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Will OUE Commercial REIT set aside more distributable income for rental relief packages to tenants for 2H FY2020?
Teo ZhengLong
Teo ZhengLong
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Answered 2d ago
As shared by OUE Commercial REIT during the live session, OUE Commercial REIT has provided S$13.8 million in rental relief package to their tenants for 1H FY2020. Moving forward into 2H FY2020, the REIT may still have to provide some form of rental support. Over the last couple of months, OUE Commercial REIT has seen some tenants recovered while some tenants are still in the process of recovering. Therefore, the support will be a targeted measure towards a specific group of tenants who are still in a very challenging position.

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Does OUE Commercial REIT sees any impact on its office properties since it contributes most of the revenue?
Teo ZhengLong
Teo ZhengLong
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 2d ago
As shared by OUE Commercial REIT during the live session, OUE Commercial REIT has highlighted that it sees minimal impact on its office properties despite contributing about 61% of the REIT’s revenue. The REIT also mentioned that the office properties will be stable for the foreseeable period. The reason being the end tenants for the office properties still continue to operate during the circuit breaker period despite the employees are working from home. Therefore, the office properties in the portfolio is the most resilient.

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What is the hedging strategy for Dasin Retail REIT since it collects rental in RMB and pay out the distribution income in SGD?
Teo ZhengLong
Teo ZhengLong
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Answered 3d ago
As shared by Dasin Retail Trust during the live session, Dasin Retail Trust (“DRT”) intends to be a long-term investor in China, as such, it has taken a view not to hedge the RMB equity exposure arising from its investments in PRC unless certain risks are specifically identified. DRT’s strategy is to achieve a natural hedge through local RMB financing and any non-RMB denominated loan will be hedged into RMB if required, to protect the going concern of DRT in the event of large currency fluctuations.

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Will we see more acquisition for Dasin Retail REIT from its sponsor in the short term?
Teo ZhengLong
Teo ZhengLong
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Answered 3d ago
As shared by Dasin Retail Trust during the live session, As of today, Dasin Retail Trust ("DRT") has a strong pipeline of another 15 ROFR properties located in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (the “GBA”) from its Sponsor, of which 9 are completed and 6 are under development. With the ongoing development of the GBA, the management believes that DRT will be able to benefit from the economic growth as its properties are strategically located in the heart of the GBA and is well positioned to capitalise on the growth of the region. The development of the GBA could lead to an increase in rental rates and property valuation for DRT in the long term. DRT will undertake a prudent investment approach to inject assets which enhances its portfolio and manage its cost of borrowing to ensure that a competitive distribution yield for its unitholders.

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Will Dasin Retail REIT’s major unitholders continue to wavier its right to the distribution income in 2H FY2020?
Teo ZhengLong
Teo ZhengLong
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Answered 3d ago
As shared by Dasin Retail Trust during the live session, The distribution waiver arrangement, where the major unitholders will each waive a portion of their entitlement to distributions, will expire only on 31 December 2021.

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Should I invest in Syfe REITs or REITs ETFs through FSMOne?
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Updated 3w ago
Hi anon, our wealth advisors will be in the best position to advise on this, but here's some information about our REIT portfolio that you may find helpful in the meantime. 1) REIT+ is not an ETF. Your funds are directly invested in 20 S-REITs the likes of Mapletree Commercial Trust, Suntec REIT, Capitaland Mall Trust etc. 2) REIT+ tracks the SGX's iEdge S-REIT Leaders index, which measures the performance of the most liquid REITs in Singapore. In 2019, the index delivered a return of 27.1% and a dividend yield of 5.1% 3) REIT+ is more cost-efficient. There isn't any buying and selling transaction fees. If you purchase REIT ETFs through a broker, you'll be charged commission for each transaction made. Moreover, for REIT ETFs, do note that on top of the individual fees for each REIT, there will be an expense fee for the ETF as well. 4) Another benefit of REIT+ is that you can choose to have your dividends automatically reinvested for you, at no extra cost. According to Syfe's calculations, reinvesting your dividends can potentially result in an extra 0.5% in returns each year. For more personalised advice, please feel free to reach out to our wealth advisors! As a Syfe client, consultations with them can be scheduled anytime.

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Sfye reit portfolio or Philip S-reit etf?
Syfe
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Updated 3w ago
Hi Natalie, thanks for your interest in Syfe REIT+ :) Here's some information about our REIT portfolio that you may find useful when making your decision. 1) REIT+ is not an ETF. Your funds are directly invested in 20 S-REITs the likes of Mapletree Commercial Trust, Suntec REIT, Capitaland Mall Trust etc. 2) REIT+ tracks the SGX's iEdge S-REIT Leaders index, which measures the performance of the most liquid REITs in Singapore. In 2019, the index delivered a return of 27.1% and a dividend yield of 5.1% 3) REIT+ is more cost-efficient. There is no minimum investment amount to meet, and no buying and selling transaction fees. If you purchase the Philip S-Reit ETF through a broker, you'll be charged commission for each transaction made. So, if you are planning to invest regularly, REIT+ is by far more cost effective. 4) Another benefit of REIT+ is that your dividends are automatically reinvested for you, at no extra cost. According to Syfe's calculations, reinvesting your dividends can potentially result in an extra 0.5% in returns each year. Hope this helps!

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How and when are derivatives used in NikkoAm Straits trading Asia Ex-Japan Reit ETF? Why are derivatives necessary for an ETF?
Frankie Rappaport
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Answered 5d ago
Sometimes it is easier and/or more convenient (but riskier) to use derivatives: https://www.thebalance.com/derivatives-in-etfs-1214889

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