Singapore Exchange (SGX) has launched the SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT Index which is the first Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that is made up of 30 REITs across Asia Pacific, excluding Japan.
SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT Index demonstrated a yield of 4.53% over the period of twelve months to 29 July 2016.
My personal opinion of SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT Index is diversification. REITs by nature are dividend yielding instruments however most REITs are concentrated in a particular industry and when the particular industry faces a downturn, the REIT performance gets affected.
For example, in the economic downturn in the hospitality industry, REITs like Far East Hospitality Trust, OUE Hospitality Trust gets impacted. The SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT Index will be able to achieve some form of diversification. However, we should also note the classification of the REITs that make up this ETF.
From the below chart, commercial REITs make up 72.81%. Not sure what is diversified REITs but it makes up 16.54%. Residential REITs make up 9.74% and specialized REITS make up 0.91%.
From the fact sheet, the ETF will consist of REITs from 3 countries. Australia makes up 61%, Singapore 27% and Hong Kong 12%. SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT Index is concentrated on Australia.
Below are the top 10 constituents that make up the SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT.
|Company Name||Country||Industry||Index Weight|
|LINK REIT||Hong Kong||Commercial REIT||11.32%|
|SCENTRE GROUP||Australia||Commercial REIT||10.62%|
|WESTFIELD CORP||Australia||Commercial REIT||8.29%|
|VICINITY CENTRES||Australia||Commercial REIT||7.59%|
|GPT GROUP||Australia||Diversified REIT||6.15%|
|GOODMAN GROUP||Australia||Commercial REIT||5.44%|
|MIRVAC GROUP||Australia||Diversified REIT||5.48%|
|ASCENDAS REAL ESTATE INV TRT||Singapore||Commercial REIT||4.43%|
|CAPITALAND MALL TRUST||Singapore||Commercial REIT||3.47%|
Will you be investing in the SGX APAC ex Japan Dividend Leaders REIT Index?