Feb 02, 2023 | By Alexander Okay. Shlaen

Firstly of a brand new 12 months, we wish to know the place to place our cash and what to anticipate from the markets. Let me lay out a few of my expectations and observations as we hop into the 12 months of the Rabbit. 

Final 12 months was a tricky 12 months for traders, until you have been invested within the Singapore property market, which remains to be going robust into 2023. However I’ll return to discussing property later on this article. 

In 2022, there was quite a lot of trough throughout the monetary and property markets everywhere in the world. There have been only a few shiny spots. However that you recognize already. Now, let’s attempt to look into the long run and predict the place is an effective place to park your dough this hopping 12 months of the bunny.

In keeping with Professor Roubini of Stern Enterprise Faculty of New York College (NYU), traders should discover steady property that may hedge them towards inflation, geopolitical dangers and different market disruptors. Such property embrace short-term authorities bonds and inflation-indexed bonds, gold and different valuable metals, and actual property that’s resilient to environmental injury.

Certainly, but once more, property funding isn’t just executed for the extra apparent benefits, equivalent to rental returns and appreciation, however on this new world of comparatively excessive inflation, the property, which is purchased in the best locations, is an effective hedge towards inflation.

As an investor, I’m at all times wanting for funding targets that may develop in recognition and can appeal to extra traders, making these investments extra worthwhile.

I current to you the next knowledge:

In keeping with Financial institution of America’s annual Research of Rich People launched lately, which included interviews with over 1,000 People aged 21 and older with investable property of over US$3 million. The interviews have been carried out in Might and June of 2022.

  • 75 per cent of wealthy millennials don’t assume the inventory market can generate the returns they’re on the lookout for
  • The report discovered that 75 per cent of these surveyed aged 21 to 42 felt it was “not potential to attain above-average returns solely on conventional shares and bonds.”
  • Solely 32 per cent of older traders agreed with that assertion
  • Youthful traders are flocking to cryptocurrency, non-public fairness, actual property, and even artwork

The rich millennials surveyed mentioned they allocate 25 per cent of their portfolios to shares, in comparison with 55 per cent of older traders. And so they dedicate over 3 times as a lot of their portfolios, 16 per cent versus 5 per cent, to various investments like non-public fairness, commodities, actual property, and even artwork. Cryptocurrency is common amongst these millennials as properly, accounting for 15 per cent of their portfolios in comparison with solely 2 per cent for older traders.

My takeaway is that ultimately, the general share of investments of this age group will develop as older traders money out or exit energetic investing. 

For millennials, certainly one of their favorite funding targets is property, and therefore I discover it fascinating. One would assume that younger traders wouldn’t care a lot about probably the most conventional kind of funding, however that seems to be the alternative. The youthful traders prioritise property and various investments over shares and bonds. Due to this fact I see the way forward for property investing to proceed rising or at the very least staying on strong floor, pun meant.

As at all times in my articles, I’ll focus on property and luxurious investing.

So, what’s the property market holding for us this 12 months?

In keeping with 100 or so housing market analysts polled by Reuters, housing costs in most main property markets will fall in 2023, however they predicted double-digit peak-to-trough declines is not going to come shut to creating property inexpensive. The reason being that residential property costs within the US, Britain, Canada, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand rose between 25 per cent and greater than 50 per cent because the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020.


Lion Metropolis’s property is now a well-established darling of traders. Whoever learn and adopted my recommendation on the pages of this journal for the final a number of years must be in a fairly place. The costs went up round 11 per cent within the final 12 months and about the identical in 2021.

Singapore’s non-public leases surged by 30 per cent in 2022. It’s the highest annual improve since 2007, when the rental costs shot up over 41 per cent. The rental costs are anticipated to rise at a slower price of round 15 per cent subsequent 12 months, about half the earlier 12 months’s price, as a result of a rise in provide.

As any investor is aware of, if the rental returns go up so does the property worth. Conservatively talking, I can see the rise in worth reaching 4 per cent to six per cent throughout 2023.

The value improve is likely to be steeper for brand new luxurious properties.

We’re seeing a wave of high-net-worth and ultra-high web price mainland Chinese language residents who have been impacted by the extended Covid-19 closures in mainland China and in Hong Kong relocating to Singapore. Whereas we nonetheless don’t have the figures, I’m predicting a major variety of rich and ultra-rich Chinese language residents to maneuver their cash, households, and residence and additional increase the demand and thus the costs for higher-end properties. 

Add to this the large improve in variety of household workplaces being established or moved to Singapore, and you’ll see a transparent pattern of the rising demand for high-end property. With these workplaces comes an influx of wealth, because the house owners and the relations of those workplaces transfer to Singapore.

The resale apartment costs have been up round 10 per cent for 2022. The hole between new and resale property is means too massive in my view and there’s a nice alternative within the secondary market.

The info I see for the outlying districts exhibits for instance, the median value of a newly launched apartment unit was over S$2,000 per sq ft (psf), which is considerably larger than the value of the resale apartment of round S$1,300.

For the savvy traders, I like to recommend resale luxurious condos within the prime areas of Singapore, that are very undervalued.


Credit score Researchers of Goldman Sachs predict the US property market to drop. Prime areas like San Francisco are anticipated to fall some 13 per cent. Mainly they count on all the key cities to drop, aside from Miami. With nationwide costs anticipated to drop round 10 per cent.

Right here is an effective place to focus on and clarify an uncommon and attention-grabbing pattern within the present recession.
This recession is likely to be hitting the upper paid employees, particularly those within the high-tech sector and principally skipping the lower-end and blue-collar employees.

Current layoffs clearly present this pattern. In keeping with the US Securities filings, the median employee at Fb made round US$296,000 in 2021. The median employee at Twitter made US$233,000. Many of the newest layoffs at these locations and different tech giants equivalent to Microsoft and Google have largely been geared toward white-collar employees.

So the excessive paid employees in high-tech are fired en masse and that explains why properties in locations equivalent to San Francisco and different prime areas within the Silicon Valley, as properly in London and to some extent in Tel Aviv will endure or will falter, at the very least within the brief time period. 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong mortgage purposes from mainland Chinese language patrons rose to a document excessive within the fourth quarter of 2022. 

Mainland patrons with Hong Kong residency represented 11.4 per cent of the mortgage purposes that mReferral Mortgage Brokerage Providers dealt with, the best proportion because the agency began monitoring the info in 2018.

Immigration curiosity from mainland Chinese language residents has spiked following the nation’s stringent lockdowns and issues of a subsequent financial slowdown. Hong Kong stands as one of many prime relocation locations, particularly after town’s authorities launched a programme to draw international expertise to reverse a mind drain following political upheavals and social unrest. Although a number of the newcomers to Singapore are these mainland Chinese language, who received disillusioned with Hong Kong’s epidemic strict insurance policies.

Hong Kong’s authorities’s effort to draw extra expertise from the mainland and the remainder of the world can also assist elevate town’s rental market. Residential leases might rebound about 5 per cent in 2023 as extra individuals relocate to Hong Kong, in line with Bloomberg Intelligence.

Resale residence values declined about 16 per cent final 12 months, with mixed new and secondary residence gross sales slumping to the bottom stage since at the very least 1996, in line with knowledge tracked by Centaline Property Company. The border between the mainland and Hong Kong began to step by step reopen ranging from 8 January after being successfully sealed since early 2020 as each governments pursued a Covid Zero coverage by shutting themselves from the remainder of the world for a lot of the pandemic.

The view of Bloomberg Intelligence is that gross sales of recent residential initiatives within the metropolis might bounce 50 per cent to S$30 billion in 2023, from a nine-year low in 2022.


Round 135,400 pre-owned flats have been up on the market on the finish of October in Shanghai, a rise of seven.8 per cent from a month earlier, in line with Fangdi.com.cn, the official web site of the native housing administration bureau.

There’s an exodus of kinds of center class individuals from the nation. Many are heading to European international locations like Portugal or North America, the place they profit from citizenship schemes. 

The downward spiral is ready to proceed in Shanghai’s residence market as a rising variety of rich house owners plan to promote their properties and depart the nation. 

As I talked about earlier, many wealthy households might be shifting to Singapore and to some extent to Hong Kong as properly.


Some analysis analysts are getting bullish on the value restoration right here. 

A report by Savills is anticipating the costs to go up by 24 per cent by 2026, which might see prime central London costs return to their 2014 peak. In 2022 alone, values rose by round 8 per cent.

The costs in London fell 20 per cent, since 2014 within the capital’s most prestigious postcodes, and now the restoration is well timed, mentioned the report.

The indicators are already pointing towards town’s anticipated rebound, significantly on the very prime finish, and it’s spreading additionally to the smaller properties.

In October 2022, London noticed probably the most offers on properties priced at £10 million (US$13.5 million) or extra since July 2013. The variety of offers on properties priced at £5 million or extra, in the meantime, outpaced some other October since 2014. 

Belgravia and Mayfair had a lot of the offers recorded, which exhibits that the posh market is main the way in which to restoration within the capital.

Customisation is the Pinnacle of Luxurious

Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
Picture: Bentley

And staying within the luxurious of the Nice Britain, it might be attention-grabbing to look into a number of the grandest manufacturers that the Kingdom received to supply.

British luxurious carmaker Bentley reported document automobile gross sales for 2022, with robust gross sales offsetting a 9 per cent drop in China brought on by the prolonged pandemic lockdowns.

They’d a rise of 4 per cent from 2021, which was itself a banner 12 months for Bentley.

“In what was one other 12 months of unpredictability, the enterprise overcame important headwinds and demonstrated nice resilience to ship the third consecutive document gross sales 12 months,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark mentioned in a press release.

Bentley has more and more targeted on customisation and that helped them to common pre-tax gross sales value by practically 30 per cent to €220,000 a automotive in 2022 from €170,000 in 2018.

It doesn’t shock me that the uber-luxury automotive maker Rolls-Royce bought a document variety of automobiles in 2022 as demand for its US$500,000 automobiles remained robust, regardless of the recession and geopolitical scenario on the planet. They didn’t see any slowdown or downturn, in line with their CEO.

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail
Picture: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce delivered 6,021 automobiles final 12 months, up 8 per cent over 2021 and the primary time the corporate crossed the 6,000 mark. 

The corporate mentioned the typical value of a Rolls-Royce soared to US$534,000 final 12 months — guess what,  due to its customisation program generally known as “Bespoke”, which consists of every little thing from silk embroidered headliners to personalised champagne chest. 

I consider we’ll see an increasing number of of this pattern increasing into higher demand for giant ticket luxurious gadgets.

Picture: Alex Shlaen

Alexander Karolik Shlaen, Government MBA, is the founding father of the Singapore-based Panache Administration Pte Ltd which represents Aston Martin Interiors, Tonino Lamborghini Casa and Formitalia design traces in Asia. Panache Administration is concerned in actual property and know-how funding initiatives and supplies luxurious interiors and designs for unique actual property, non-public jets and superyachts. Shlaen has appeared in numerous regional and international media and has written the Luxurious Professional columns of regional enterprise magazines since 2009. He was additionally the chairman of the judges’ panel for Asia Property Awards and is incessantly sought to attend established enterprise boards. Study extra on PanacheManage.com

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