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Understanding Vietnam’s Foreign Ownership Limits (FOLs)

Foreign Ownership Limits (FOL) for Vietnamese equities continues to be a source of discussion with our existing clients and with investors who are making their first investment in Vietnam.  The FOL rules in Vietnam have evolved since the stock market was launched 20 years ago, and while there have been updates to the policy in 2015 and more recently in January of 2021, questions remain.  In today’s piece, we seek to explain the current FOL rules, implications and share insights on how FOL rules may evolve in the next few years.

July 01st, 2021|

Infrastructure Development to Support Vietnam’s Growth

In our bi-weekly piece from Michael Kokalari, Chief Economist of VinaCapital, we discuss the development of the transportation network and increase in power generation capabilities in Vietnam.  These are two key themes of infrastructure development in Vietnam and are critical to maintaining the robust GDP growth and continued FDI into large scale projects.  As you will see, plans for developing both areas are well underway with continued investment and interest from both government and private capital.

June 17th, 2021|

Vietnamese Banks’ Blowout Earnings and Capital Raising Plans are Lifting the VN-Index to New Record Highs

As you have likely noticed, the VN Index continues to move higher, which is perhaps surprising given that Vietnam is dealing with a new Covid Fourth Wave. One of the key drivers of the market’s performance is the strength of the banking sector, which is the largest sector in the VN Index.  In our bi-weekly piece from Chief Economist Michael Kokalari, we highlight why the banks have performed well over the past 12 months and why we are confident the banks can continue to perform well in the future.

June 02nd, 2021|

With “Currency Manipulator” Risk Off the Table, the VN Dong is Set to Appreciate

In today’s insight from Michael Kokalari, Chief Economist of VinaCapital, we highlight the United States’ decision to remove Vietnam from its list of currency manipulators and explore the similarities between Vietnam in 2021 and China of the early 2000’s. There are many similarities which lead us to conclude that the next move for the VND will be to strengthen.

May 05th, 2021|