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More Debate over Vietnamese Banking System

Debate over the future of local banking sector has hardly been a new thing here. Back in late 1990s, when sky-high NPL faced the banking firms, everyone heard about words like restructuring, revamping, even reducing the size of the sector and population of banks. After a while, banks received a shot in the arm with new money injected through sales of shares, renewed round of capital investments by some 15 world major banking firms, including big names such as HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Mizuho, Deustsche Bank, etc.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 15:00 By:  Vietnamica

Rising Industrial Inventories Worry Businesses and Bankers

Vietnamese media keep telling the public about the problem of rising financial burdens caused by interest rates and shrinking funds availability, pushing many non-financial SMEs to the verge of collapse. However, little attention was paid to the issue of rising inventories at manufacturing and processing firms, which potentially could lead to more emergent and apparent risks.

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 23:33 By:  Vietnamica

Increasing FX Exposures Unnerved Vietnam Banking Authorities

Vietnam’s money and capital markets continue to see dramatic stages in remaining months of 2011 due to high bank rates and also increasing foreign-exchange exposure faced by domestic enterprises.

Le Xuan Nghia of the National Financial Supervisory Committee (NFSC) confirmed that over the first 7 months of 2011, growth rate of foreign exchange borrowing surged by 25.7 percent from the total credit volume extended in forex at the end of 2010. Meanwhile, local currency borrowings expanded by a mere 3.7 pct from 2010 year end.

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 05:00 By:  Vietnamica

Vietnam's Underground Economy: Where "Sharks" Were Food

Since mid-2000s, Vietnamese have paid much more attention to financial investments and transactions. This is not to say that individual investments had not been in place before the time, but the scale of private financial transactions and the degree of attention brought to the public had never been as large and high as since mid-2000s.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 18:35 By:  Vietnamica

Vietnam's Economic History: The Feudalism System

We need a few words on the economic system and structure of the country before the sea change brought about by French colonialists could be fully appreciated in terms of economic performance and so

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 05:00 By:  Vietnamica

The Fear of Bubble Bursting

Vietnamese people and the financial system, the corporate sector have invested heavily in real properties. They used to tell themselves that prices of real estate assets would only go up.

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 05:00 By:  Vietnamica

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