Starhill Global REIT's Wisma Atria (Photo: REITsWeek)

The rise of e-commerce has often been singled out as the greatest quandary facing retail REITs today, especially those with significant exposures to the luxury segment.

This is true to a certain extent, but as Starhill Global REIT sees it, this oft-blamed antagonist may not actually be the biggest worry at present.

We attended a panel discussion that included a representative from Starhill Global REIT at the REITs Asia Pacific 2018 conference, and now have a better understanding of other challenges facing Singapore retail REITs today.

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By Ridzwan Rahmat

Ridzwan has been analysing REITs and business trusts since 2008, and personally manages a portfolio comprising mainly of SGX-listed REITs. He founded REITsWeek in 2013.