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Daily News – 17 Jan 2020

Singapore Real Estate

OCBC withdraws 2 properties after tender closing
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation has withdrawn from sale two freehold properties which it had put up for tender last year: a serviced residence block at 2 Mount Elizabeth Link, and a portfolio of 32 shophouses along Lavender Street and Serangoon Road.  The two properties were launched through separate tender exercises in September last year and which closed in October.

Wing Fong Court condo in Geylang up for en bloc sale at S$108m
A freehold condominium in Geylang, Wing Fong Court, has been launched for collective sale with a reserve price of S$108 million, marketing agent PropNex Realty told The Business Times (BT) on Thursday.  Meanwhile, the adjacent condo, Wing Fong Mansions, is also expected to be put on the market “soon”, according to lead property consultant Richard Hau from PropNex. If and when this en bloc sale is launched, its reserve price will be S$176 million, Mr Hau told BT.

Study finds ‘insider trading’ on the golf course lowers Singapore land prices
[Singapore] A strange thing happens in Singapore after the government announces it’s selling highly-coveted land. Executives from developers bidding for the sites hit the golf course together.  In what it labels “insider trading”, a landmark study by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School found those firms paid 14 per cent less for land at auction, costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue and dragging down prices of neighbouring properties.

Singapore architects, engineers sign green petition
Singapore may not have bushfires or major floods to deal with but this does not mean that the country has no environmental problems. Future climate projections include rising daily mean temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent and heavy rainfall as the world gets warmer.  Buildings and construction account for almost 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and are a major cause of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss.


Singapore Economy

Too soon to pop the bubbly for Singapore economy
Long in the making, the Phase One trade deal between the United States and China can now put an end to some of the uncertainty that has dogged the global economy of late.  But it is not likely to move the needle on Singapore’s growth forecasts for 2020, economists told The Business Times on Thursday, in the wake of the signing of the pact.

Minister drops hints on what’s coming in Budget
More companies may be able to participate in government-led programmes that can strengthen their competitiveness while helping them scale.  That was a hint from Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on what Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat could announce at Budget 2020 on Feb 18.

Fixed asset investments hit 7-year high; EDB drops yearly forecasts
Singapore attracted S$15.2 billion in fixed asset investments (FAI) in 2019, far exceeding the forecast of S$8 billion to S$10 billion for the year, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) said at its year-in-review briefing on Thursday.  This was up from the S$10.9 billion attracted in 2018, and marked the highest figure since 2012.

Singapore’s December exports rebound after nine months of contraction
Singapore – Singapore exports staged a surprise recovery in December, snapping a nine-month decline, thanks to gains in the non-electronics sector.  Overall shipments of non-oil domestic exports (Nodx) climbed 2.4 per cent from a year earlier last month, following a 5.9 per cent drop in November, Enterprise Singapore data showed on Friday (Jan 17).


Companies’ Brief

GuocoLand’s Q2 earnings nearly triple on boost from Martin Modern sales
Property developer GuocoLand saw its second-quarter net profit near triple to S$32.4 million from S$10.9 million as revenue more than doubled to S$299.6 million from S$142.9 million, thanks to higher progressive recognition of sales from Martin Modern.  Earnings per share for the three months ended Dec 31 swelled to 2.49 Singapore cents from 0.55 cent a year earlier. The earnings surge was aided by a 23 per cent fall in…


Global Economy & Global Real Estate

US continues modest growth, with fairly favourable outlook: beige book survey

US retail sales increase in Dec; Nov sales revised up

Bank of England to hold steady on Jan 30 but chance of a cut high: poll

China Q4 GDP grows 6.0%, in line with expectations and hovering near 30-year low

China’s home price growth at almost 1½-year low in December

China’s 2019 property investment up 9.9% y-o-y, sales fall

Hong Kong is world’s most expensive city to live in luxury: Julius Baer

Bank of Korea stands pat as it weighs housing boom, past cuts

Home owners left in the lurch following Kerala’s forced demolition of luxury flats

Crowded Monaco reclaims land to build more luxury flats with sea view


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