Date: October 2, 2017
Vietnam-focused private equity firm Mekong Capital has secured a total of $79 million from exits for its funds this year to date, with the latest being the divestment of remaining shares from agricultural company Loc Troi Group. Mekong Capital, which is managing four investment vehicles, said on Monday that its funds have fully exited Loc Troi and Vietnam Australia International School and made several partial sales of electronics retailer Mobile World since the beginning of 2017.

Date: September 7, 2017
The hype for cryptocurrency in Vietnam is growing stronger than ever as local investors spend fortunes on digital assets despite their lack of recognition under Vietnamese laws. Online forums and cryptocurrency groups boast thousands of members, while sites promoting digital ‘coins’ advertise the investment as capable of yielding high returns in only a matter of months.

Source: Nikkei
Date: September 2, 2017
ietnam's largest real estate developer is getting into the automaking business. Vingroup plans to produce 500,000 vehicles in the country by 2025, the company announced Saturday. VinFast is likely to be the country's first car brand. The sprawling conglomerate is already in the retail, hospital, education and other sectors. Now it is planning a car factory in the northern port city of Haiphong.

Source: Bloomberg
Date: September 1, 2017
Vietnam wants to design and make cars for its 90 million motorbike and scooter riders. The country’s largest real-estate company Vingroup JSC said it plans to invest up to $3.5 billion to set up a manufacturing and research and development complex, aiming to roll out the first car in 24 months. The Hanoi-based developer will break ground on the $1 billion to $1.5 billion first phase of the plant Saturday, with a plan to make sedans, sport utility vehicles and electric cars in the future, Vingroup Vice Chairwoman Le Thi Thu Thuy said.

Date: August 26, 2017
Vietnam is preparing to legalize bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies under a new plan approved by the prime minister. As reported by VNA, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Minister of Justice to coordinate with other top advisors, including the State Bank of Vietnam and the Ministry of Finance, to draft a framework for cryptocurrency legalization by August 2018 so that the legal documents could be finalized by the end of the year.

Date: August 22, 2017
CapitaLand Limited has successfully closed its first commercial fund in Vietnam – CapitaLand Vietnam Commercial Fund I (CVCFI) – at $300 million. The fund will invest in Grade A commercial real estate in Vietnam.

Date: August 20, 2017
Vietnam's crude oil imports will soar to record highs in August as the country ramps up fuel refining at a time when local crude output is dwindling. August will mark the first month on record in which Vietnam is a net importer of crude oil, according to shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon, with the trend set to continue in coming months as the Southeast Asian nation's refinery capacity grows.

Source: VietNamNet
Date: August 17, 2017
With a burst of activity during the first eight months of 2017 in the property market, Vietnam real estate has recently become a preferred destination in the mega trend for mergers and acquisitions.

Source: VietNamNet
Date: August 17, 2017
While both Cambodia and Vietnam share strong growth prospects and risks related to their financial systems, Vietnam’s more diverse economy, stronger institutions, and higher incomes underpin greater shock absorption capacity, Moody’s wrote in an August 15 report.

Source: Bloomberg
Date: August 17, 2017
China has Southeast Asia in its sights. Companies from the world’s second-biggest economy are increasingly targeting the region for investment, especially into infrastructure. That’s a potential boon for developing economies, which need a massive upgrade of roads, rail, and ports if they are to meet their economic potential. It also comes amid a wider crackdown by regulators in Beijing on outbound investment.