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Vietnam looks to state bank overhaul to stem NPL problem

Vietnam looks to state bank overhaul to stem NPL problem

October 1, 2014

Mired in the fallout of global financial crisis, Vietnam’s banking sector is now entering a new phase, with the government prioritising the restructuring of state-owned banks as it strives to tackle high NPL levels and stabilise the economy. 

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

April 1, 2014

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

April 1, 2014

The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital. 

How to spot a bank at risk of failure

November 26, 2012

Bank failures, especially in emerging markets, tend to have common characteristics that resist the best efforts of regulators.

Vietnam's banks stick to bullish trend

March 21, 2011

There are still more bulls than bears in Vietnam's banking sector, despite the government pouring cold water over its economy in a bid to damp down inflation. The Banker talks to representatives from nine domestic and foreign-owned banks in the country to find out what's really happening

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All eyes on Vietnam as the bear bites

March 15, 2011

The Vietnamese government's campaign against inflation promises to rivet international attention on the country’s economic stability and development path in the run-up to the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Hanoi in early May. 


Is Vietnam cultivating another asset bubble?

May 5, 2010

Bank lending is being used as a direct and often blunt lever by which to manage Vietnam's economy, proving a critical first defence against the global economic slump. But the medium-term consequences of over-interference may be another bubble, warn analysts. Writer Michelle Price


Vietnam braced for retail ramp-up

March 3, 2010

Vietnam's large unbanked population and its growing middle class present a major opportunity for local and foreign banks alike, who see vast potential in the country's underdeveloped retail banking and consumer finance sectors. Writer Michelle Price

The conversion process

March 10, 2009

In recent months, the State Bank of Vietnam has allowed five international banks to convert into wholly owned local entities in the country, opening its banking sector up to competition and bringing broader products and services to the market. Writer Nick Freeman.

Foreign banks to the rescue

November 3, 2008

Domestic issues have caused Vietnam’s underdeveloped banking sector to struggle in recent years. Will these difficulties be eased when foreign banks enter the market? Writer Nick Freeman.

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