- November 2, 2022
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- Category: Daily News
- Singapore can absorb record inflows of new money, the central bank chief said, allaying concerns of a real estate bubble even as rents and prices surge to unprecedented highs.
- The Asian financial hub attracted SGD448bn in 2021, 59% higher than the previous year, the latest data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) show.
- “When a large sum of money comes into any country, you should be worried about it,” MAS managing director Ravi Menon said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin.
- One such concern is flowing into the property market driving up prices. Rather than blocking money coming in, the regulator has imposed measures on the real estate sector to prevent overheating. “We’ve got that under control,” he said.
- Singapore’s efforts to build an international wealth hub are paying off as the city enjoys a post-Covid resurgence, attracting investors drawn to its stability.
- Assets managed by local firms soared 16% in 2021 to USD4tr, mostly from overseas, exceeding the global growth rate. Investors from US hedge-fund titan Ray Dalio to Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani are setting up offices to manage their personal wealth.
- The inflows, which are roughly three quarters of Singapore’s nominal gross domestic product, come on top of gains from higher asset prices last year, according to the central bank.
- The assets are helping to boost the financial hub as it seeks to add as many as 20,000 finance jobs over five years, in areas including wealth management and sustainable financing.
- In the meantime, Singapore’s capital and financial markets, as well as its banking system, are deep and liquid enough to handle large fund flows, he said. MAS, which also serves as a financial regulator, is strict when it comes to illicit fund flows, repeatedly reminding financial institutions to be on guard, Menon said.
External Link : https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/new-money-inflows-to-singapore-jump-59-to-a-record-s448b-in-2021