SINGAPORE (May 3): Singapore Exchange is the largest global REIT platform in Asia, with a market capitalisation of US$70 billion ($95.4 billion).

“We have the largest global REIT platform. You could start with a US portfolio and decide 10 years later to pick up European assets, and investors here would not have a problem with that,” says Ronald Tan, director of Equity Capital Market at the SGX, during Manulife US Real Estate Investment Trust’s Investor Day event.

The first reason why REIT maangers love to list here is the city state has an established private bank- ing and wealth management centre, viewed as second only to Switzerland and they have access to a wide pool of wealthy investors — and not just high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

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