REITs Symposium 2018 Singapore: Learn How To Unlock Opportunities In REITs & ETFs (And Get A ZUU online Promo Code!)


Suntec Singapore will play host to the Fourth Edition of REITs Symposium 2018 after the success of last year’s event. This year’s event – to be held at Hall 404 – will be bigger and better, bringing together over 30 Real Estate Investment Trusts companies and Exchange Traded Fund issuers. The one-day event is slated for May 19, 2018 from 9 AM-6PM.

This year event is co-organized by ShareInvestor and REIT Association of Singapore (REITAS). Expect to meet with the Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers of some of the largest REITs and other companies in the country.

Compared to the third edition, REITs Symposium 2018 is poised to be the largest real estate investment trust event, in Singapore, in 2018. The organizers have already opted for much larger floor space, at Suntec in anticipation of a much bigger audience and participants. More than 70% of REITs with operations in Singapore have already confirmed participation.


Key Speakers

The guest speaker at the fourth edition of Singapore’s REITs symposium will be Lee Yi Shyan, the chairman of OUE Hospitality REIT. Other speakers will include Chan Kong Leong of Suntec REIT; Chan Kum Kong (Head of Research and Products of Singapore Exchange); David Kuo, CEO of Motley Fool Singapore and Jill Smith, CEO, Manulife US REIT.

The audience will be provided an opportunity to interact with representatives from Frasers, CapitaLand, OUE, Ascendas as well as ESR REIT and Mapletree among other attendees. Maybank Kim Eng, Nikko Asset Management, and Philip Securities will also attend as partners.

All of the REITs in attendance will have various booths for attendees to visit them and get firsthand information about their growth plans for the year. You will also be able to check out their focus for the next 12 months as well as what you can expect in terms of returns on investing in them.


Key Themes for REITs Symposium 2018

This year’s panel discussions will center on two main topics

  • Investment Merits of REITs with overseas assets
  • Unlocking Opportunities in REITs ETF

REIT Symposium 2018 is a must-attend for anyone who wishes to invest in Singapore’s booming real estate sector. A key theme in these year’s event will be the potential impact of interest hikes. Given that law requires REITs disburse 90% of their returns to investors, an increase in interest rates could significantly affect their performance. Higher interest rates affect the ability of REITs to acquire cheap loans for advancing development projects.


What can you expect?

Guest speakers and other professionals at the event should provide clear insight on how to approach REIT investments especially with interest rates spiking higher. It will also be interesting to hear how the management of some of the biggest REITs in the country plan to address a potential increase in higher borrowing costs in a bid to protect their bottom line.

The event thus presents a unique opportunity for professional and novice investors to rub shoulders with CEOs from some of the largest REITs to gain clear perspective on how to invest in REITs and ETFS going forward.

Attendants will also be able to engage in thought-provoking conversations in a bid to increase financial savviness. Attendees will get to hear from CEOs of select companies as they share investment merits at various booths.

Insights on which REITs are likely to outperform in 2018 will also be shared and the best way to approach them in response to the expected interest rate hikes. The audience will also get a chance to review some of China Focused REITs as industry professionals measure them against their respective industry averages.

Asia’s real estate sector is expanding by the day, presenting unique opportunities for investors to bet on while invest in an asset class that is consistently increasing in value. REITs act as essential investment vehicles for betting on properties that under normal circumstance would be expensive to own


Program Schedule

The opening speech for REIT Symposium 2018 will be given by ShareInvestor and REITAS followed by a key note speech by Lee Yi Shyan.



9.00am – 9.15am

Opening Speech by ShareInvestor and REITAS

9.15am – 9.30am

Keynote Speaker

Lee Yi Shyan

Chairman, OUE Hospitality REIT Management

9.30am – 10.00am

Presentation by OUE Commercial REIT

Tan Shu Lin

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Presentation by OUE Hospitality Trust

Chong Kee Hiong

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

10.00am – 10.30am

Presentation by Frasers

10.30am – 11.00am

REITs Investing via Margin Financing

Dr Kee Wei Loon

Head of Education, Maybank Kim Eng

11.00am – 11.30am

Presentation by Ascendas India Trust

Sanjeev Dasgupta

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

11.30am – 12.15pm

Panel Discussion

Investment Merits of REITs with Overseas Assets

12.15pm – 1.15pm

Lunch Break

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Presentation by ARA Trust Management (Suntec)

Chan Kong Leong

Chief Executive Officer

1.45pm – 2.15pm

Presentation by Manulife US REIT

Jilliam Smith

Chief Executive Officer

2.15pm – 2.45pm

Are S-REITs ready for the intensifying rate hike cycle?

Tan Dehong

Senior Investment Analyst, Phillip Securities

2.45pm – 3.15pm

Presentation by BHG

3.15pm – 3.45pm


3.45pm – 4.15pm

Presentation by EC World REIT

Goh Toh Sim

Executive Director and Chief Executive Oficer

4.15pm – 4.45pm

A diversified portfolio of the largest Asian REITs in a single trade

Phillip Yeo

Head of Product Development and Management, Nikko Asset Management Asia

4.45pm – 5.30pm

Panel Discussion

Unlocking Opportunities in REITs ETF

5.30pm – 5.45pm

Lucky Draw

REITs are becoming valuable asset class for balancing and diversifying an investment portfolio. During the last REIT symposium, panel speakers emphasized on why investors should look at REITs as stable and less volatile stocks with huge potential. The high dividend yield of between 6 and 7% on offer also makes them exciting investment vehicles for income-focused investors who cherish low-risk investments.


Tickets Prices

Tickets for REITs Symposium 2018 are readily available ahead of the big day. You can be smart and reserve a seat by paying S$18 online, or wait to pay S$20 at the entrance on the big day.

In fact, there is also another alternative. As a ZUU Online reader, you can also get your tickets at just $14 if you sign up using our promo code ZUUONLINE.

Seating arrangement is on a first come first serve basis. Confirm your participation by clicking here and filling your details.



(By ZUUonline)

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