As What I mentioned in the previous post, the 10 year treasury bond yield had rose since May and now at the point of 2.88% while the 10 year Malaysian Govertment Securities yield is now standing at 3.89% which rose from 3.11% on 10th of May 2013.
2nd , I would like to talk about the instrument where the Institutional can play with. Why is Goverment paper is important to the investors? This is because its almost a risk free investment as it is being guaranteed by the goverment and the only risk is the govermnt default on it. On the other hand, this instrument is only available to the sophisticated investors, which is the investor must have at least RM2 million net worth to play this game.
In order to let most of the retailers understand about the instrument, I use FD as something similar which helps to let the retailers understand more.
Now we talk about REITs. REITs is an investment that gives us return from the rental of the real estate. Is it risk free? Its almost a risk free but not totally risk free as they might have accidents or unforseen events. As we know, they usually pay 90% of their income as dividend but be mindful of the drop of income too. Thats 1 of the risk.
So what does REITs has to do with the Treasury rate? This is important as REITs and Treasury bond are both investment that guarantees dividend yield and return. As a result of that, these 2 can be said as the closest competitor for fund managers to invest in.
Why? Imagine, you are a fund manager and the guaranteed yield of MGS or treasury is about 4% while the REITS will be paying 6.4% yield. With the bumpy road ahead, which investment will you put more in? You might still say that you will go for REITs right?
Undeniably, REITs stil offer a better return but don't forget its not risk free, and the fund managers might choose invetment that is risk free to make sure they wont lose their money. There are some evidend which I can find from local market and this might convince you.
As we know, the US 10 years treasury yield rose on May according to the chart.
According to the 10 years US Treasury Bond chart, the yield started to rose on the begining of May which is even earlier than the announcement of Ben Bernanke. This shows that even in US also has insider trading.
As our Malaysian Goverment 10 years treasury bill is now paying 3.89% , so to attract investors to invest on REITS, thats mean they have to pay a premium of 3.29% + 3.89% of the risk free rate which equals to 7.18% right?
Can the Reits afford to pay more for divident? Lets say in the past, a REITs was paying 6.4 cents per annum and the price is RM1.00 which means it has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Due to the rental was a fix income and couldn't adjust as u like. So how could you makes your yield to become 7.18%?
As a result, the share price will have to adjust to 0.89 cents to give a 7.18% yield where the payout of dividend remain 6.4 cents. So do U think the price of REITs dropping is not related to the rising yeield of treasury bill?
You may say that the capital flight of foreign funds might play a big role on the price drop but certainly, the rises of yield does play an important role too!
Anyway, seems like I had debunk that REITs is not a 100% safe investment isn't it? To the readers that thinking of buying REITs, It will be a good buy if U r satisfy with the yield that they are giving right now and you are able to hold until the end of the day without being scare off by the falling price, or else you might have to think again whether is it worth to invest in REITs.
Although it's still unclear that whether is FED going to tapper the QE or not on this coming FOMC meeting but it's certain that they will tapper it sooner or later as well as our OPR and even BLR. As a result, the yield is going to raise in the future and this going to dampen the REITs market. To Hold ? make sure you are able to average down in future. To sell? Is this a good price? How low will it go? It's always a million dollar question.
To the reader who think that this is a shallow assessment, do u still think that this is shallow after looking at all the drop in price and all the relationship of the matters above? Appreciate if you could share me your view after reading this. Thanks!
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