Investing in Singapore

Hello everyone,

During your expatriation in Singapore, you might have been made aware of interesting investment schemes (local or international). Whether one wants to make money grow, protect oneself or prepare for retirement, investment is always an attractive option. It is, however, never free of risk. Would you, therefore, like to share some practical information for other expats and expats to be?

Is the Singaporean economy open to foreign investment? Do local authorities encourage investment (through formalities, tax etc.)?

What are the promising sectors to invest and do business in Singapore?

Who do you turn to for information before investing your money? (organisation, professional, lawyer, consultant)

According to the sectors of activity and the projects, what budget should be foreseen for an investment in Singapore?

What do you think are the pitfalls to avoid and what advice would you give someone who wants to invest?

Thanks in advance for your feedback,

There are regulations in place in Singapore requiring a certain experience and knowledge before you can invest in shares and similar speculatice assets. Your bank or brokerage can tell you more about it and determine whether you qualify.

I personally found investment options offered by Singapore banks and financial institutions unattractive. It is easy to open accounts and invest elsewhere, so there is no need to limit yourself to the (small) Singapore market.

On the plus side, all capital gains are tax-free in Singapore.

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