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09 Aug 2020

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I'm a fresh grad and started a full-time job. Have no experience in investing and averse to risk. Planning to invest a portion of my savings in Singapore REITs. Any advice?

Have 20k in jumpstart account and planning to use a portion for investment. Have heard of robo advisors and average dollar cost strategy. Any advice or platforms to start off with. Many thanks!

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Since active stock/REIT picking is not successfully possible I'd recommend to invest into one of the 3 S-REIT ETFs, f.ex. Lion Philipp S-REIT ETF. Singapore is known (pre Covid) for the highest yields (possibly reduced if inflation-adjusted).

Better diversification often reduces risks,

so global/U.S./Europe or Asia/China REIT ETFs could be a safer play.

my 'food for thought' here. :-)



09 Aug 2020

IT at Accounting firm

Perhaps it will be good to consider the amount of risk you are willing to take, if you are considering about investing in REITs, given this volatile period with declining rental collections and challenging businesses survivals.

One way to manage the risk can be through moderating the quantity of reits purchased, by taking the nominal amount divided by the price difference between your purchase price & stop loss amount.

Some platforms to purchase REITs may be through bank brokers like DBS vickers or online platforms like FSMone, or new channels like Syfe for REITs

Otherwise, keeping the 20k within your jump start account might not be too bad a deal given the stability and guaranteed interest, keeping risk minimal.

Chin Guo Qiang

05 Aug 2020

Assistant Vice President, IT EUC at OCBC

I would say a solid NO to investments until you save up a small sum of money (ie. $5,000 to $10,000) first for purely investment. Take an assumption that this sum of money invested can be lost in bad times, so do make the mental preparations for this to happen.

Then open up your options to other alternatives as well, beyond REITs.

Can probably try out Robo-advisors or stick to cheaper priced dividend stocks and hold them for a longer timeframe of 18 to 24 months.

Kenneth Lou

21 Apr 2020

Co-founder at Seedly

Hey Tx! Looks like many others have replied you on your question here now :)

I would also share my two cents.

I think that you are in a very good position to start. I would like you to think about the following considerations first before jumping in:

  • Do you have at least 6 months of rainy day funds (especially now the job market may suddenly turn for the worrse, you need to be prepared)

  • Do you need that $20k to use in the coming 3 to 5 years at least? (eg wedding, home rennovation, downpayment etc)

  • Do you have the risk appetite to stomach the volatility in the recession coming soon? (potential drawdown paper losses of 20% or more)

If you are ok with the above then you can consider starting with a robo-advisor or picking out your own stocks.

I would personally recommend robo-advisors as they are much easier to navigate and get started with as well.

Food for thought :)

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