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Recap 2024 S-REITs H1 Performance

S-REITs faced some challenges in the first half of the year. A key factor was the ongoing threat of inflation. Consistent reports of rising inflation led the U.S. Federal Reserve to hold off on previously anticipated interest rate cuts.

Higher interest rates can have a two-pronged impact on S-REITs:

  • Increased Financial Costs: REITs often rely on debt financing. Rising interest rates translate to higher borrowing costs for them, potentially squeezing their profit margins.
  • Reduced Property Valuations: When interest rates go up, the present value of future income streams (like rental income for REITs) decreases. This can lead to a decline in the overall valuation of property assets held by REITs.

Potential Tailwinds:

  • Interest Rate Decisions: If the Federal Reserve eases its stance on interest rates in H2 2024, it could benefit S-REITs. Lower borrowing costs would improve profit margins and potentially lead to higher dividends.
  • Economic Recovery: A robust economic recovery in Singapore and the region could translate to increased demand for office space and potentially higher rental income for commercial S-REITs.
  • Sector-Specific Growth: Sectors like healthcare REITs might continue to see growth due to Singapore's aging population and rising demand for healthcare services.

While share prices might not tell the whole story, factoring in dividend yields might paints a positive picture for Singapore REITs in the first half of 2024. However, don't let that overshadow the importance of due diligence. Before investing, research each REIT to understand both its strengths and potential risks.

38 S-REITs 1H 2024 Performance Returns