Singapore banks are so well-buffered that they will be able to withstand even a 50 per cent plunge in property prices here if this were to occur over the next two years, say stress tests done by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). (BT late last yr)
I waz wondering when I read the above, why 50%?
Now I know: typical govt over-reaction:
BOTH public and private housing prices in Singapore have finally come down after a raft of government market curbs.
Prices in the once red-hot suburban private home market dropped in the fourth quarter of last year for the first time since 2009, new data yesterday showed. This dragged down overall private home prices.
Housing Board flat resale prices also tumbled in the October to December period, hard on the heels of a third-quarter decline.
This marked the first time public housing prices have slid for two straight quarters since 2005.
Consultants said weak demand for homes could mean that sellers will finally be at the mercy of home buyers this year, adding that a bumper crop of upcoming homes will swing things more heavily in favour of buyers.
Well if property prices ever fell 50%, the PAP govt would be overthrown overnight. And the co-driver kicked out with it. mad Doc and his RI doctors will be in charge Actually it would be the end of the world as we know it.
But maybe the govt isn’t over-reacting: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessecolombo/2014/01/13/why-singapores-economy-is-heading-for-an-iceland-style-meltdown/. Note that the article conveniently forgets that the banks have been stress-tested to survive even a 50% fall in property prices. Lots of other things wrong with the analysis that I’ll cover one of these days. But for now juz remember that one LKY was a regular contributor to Forbes. Taz the quality of their contributors? Oh, the central bank has come up with a rebuttal: read it in yesterday’s constructive, nation-building media.
Next tale: the cowboys were correct that the govt should restrict HDB sales to PRs:
The proportion of Permanent Residents (PRs) buying Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale flats has gone down in the last few months.
This comes after new rules to stabilise the HDB resale market were announced in August.
PRs now have to wait three years after obtaining their Singapore PR status before they are allowed to buy an HDB resale flat.
According to HDB, in the three months after the new rules were announced, PRs made up 12 per cent of all HDB resale transactions, with 528 units sold to them.
This is down eight percentage points from January to August, when PRs made up 20 per cent of all HDB resale transactions.
There were 2,581 resale flats sold during that period.
HDB also noted that the decrease is not unexpected, as there are now fewer PRs eligible to buy a resale flat.
It also pointed out the drop may not be solely due to the three-year waiting period. (CNA 23 december 2013).
Maybe PM should outsource policy decisions to the masses. Even IT operations are being done by the masses via crowdsourcing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25714443.