Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:45:21 PM - Markets open
VN-INDEX 991.46 +5.09/+0.52%
HNX-INDEX 106.28 +0.69/+0.65%
UPCOM-INDEX 56.22 +0.26/+0.47%
Moderate credit growth positive for Vietnam’s economy
VietnamPlus - 5/20/2019 1:05:13 PM
 (0 ratings. You must sign in to rate.)
Despite credit growth among Vietnamese credit institutions remaining low this year, experts are not concerned about the slowdown, saying it was a good sign for the economy.
Reports from the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) showed credit growth as of April 17 this year had expanded by 3.23 percent against the end of 2018, the lowest rise in the last four years. The rates during the same periods of 2018, 2017 and 2016 were 5 percent, 5.2 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.
Can Van Luc, chief economist of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), said he was not surprised at the moderate credit growth, explaining the SBV had targeted controlling credit growth since the beginning of this year to curb inflation and stabilise the macro-economy.
According to Luc, local firms were no longer too dependent on bank loans as they could raise capital from the securities and bond markets. The domestic market had also witnessed new capital supply channels, such as fintech and peer-to-peer companies.
As a result Luc said moderate credit growth was a good sign for the economy.
In addition, restructuring of bank loans had improved, he said, explaining that bank loans were pouring into the production and business sectors, which were key drivers for the country’s economic growth.
According to the SBV’s Department of Credit for Economic Sectors, despite slow credit growth, bank loans had been issued for the Government’s priority sectors, of which credit for high-tech enterprises surged by 7.25 percent. The rise for supporting, export, and agriculture and rural sectors hit 3.63 percent, 3.5 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively.
According to Nguyen Anh Duong, director of the General Research Department under the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), low credit growth had reflected the SBV’s move to control loans for high risk sectors and focus on production.
This year, the SBV has a credit growth target of 14 percent for the entire banking system - the same as last year – and experts believe this to be reasonable.
Nguyen Duc Thanh, director of the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research, said Vietnam’s economic growth often relied heavily on increased credit, times have changed. Now, the economy can grow without strong lending, particularly when the supporting industry as well as the services and agricultural sectors are becoming more attractive to foreign investors.
According to Thanh, there was no reason for higher credit growth this year when the economy was still gaining without needing more capital.
Expert Dinh Trong Thinh from the Academy of Finance said that credit growth should be from 12.5-14 percent as businesses would expand operations by mobilising capital from the securities market, instead of needing more bank loans.
Moody’s Investor Services also hailed the moderate credit growth, saying it was positive for banks' asset quality and capitalisation.
According to Moody’s, tighter credit could lead to rising problem loan ratios, reflecting the seasoning of banks’ loan portfolios. However, lower credit growth encouraged banks to focus on borrowers of better quality, which would improve asset quality in the long term.
Moderate credit growth would also lower pressure on capital, especially for State-owned banks, the ratings agency said.
Analysts from Bao Viet Securities Co (BVSC) forecast credit growth would be around 14 percent for the next few years, lower than the average rate of 18 percent recorded from 2015-17. – VNS/VNA
Read original article here
Newer News
17/01 Reference exchange rate up 1 VND on January 17
16/01 Reference exchange rate down 2 VND
15/01 Reference exchange rate up 1 VND on January 15
14/01 Reference exchange rate down 5 VND on January 14
10/01 Reference exchange rate down 7 VND on January 10
09/01 Reference exchange rate up 8 VND on January 9
08/01 Reference exchange rate revised down 9 VND
06/01 Reference exchange rate up 10 VND at week’s beginning
03/01 Reference exchange rate up 7 VND
02/01 Reference exchange rate down on January 2
Older News
18/05 VAMC to reclaim US$2.13 billion in bad debts
16/05 State Treasury raises 2.4 trillion VND through bond sales
15/05 Reference exchange rate rises by 10 VND on May 15
15/05 Reference exchange rate rises by 10 VND on May 15
14/05 Reference exchange rate up by 7 VND on May 14
13/05 Reference exchange rate down 10 VND
10/05 Reference exchange rate keeps upward trend
09/05 Reference exchange rate continues to rise
08/05 Reference exchange rate reaches record high on May 8
07/05 Reference exchange rate up by 10 VND on May 7
Newsletter Signup
Top Stories
Reference exchange rate up 1 VND on January 17
Reference exchange rate up 1 VND on January 15
Reference exchange rate up 8 VND on January 9
Vietnam’s GDP to ease slightly in 2020: Fitch Solutions
Reference exchange rate down at week’s beginning
Market Update
Last updated at 3:10:04 PM
VN-INDEX 991.46 +5.09/+0.52%
Real-time chart
Top 5 Actives
Top 5 Gainers
Top 5 Losers
My Favorite Quotes
Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the Get Quotes box on the top of the page.
Company Research
Type in the symbol above for thorough background information, key statistics and financial information.
Stock Sectors
We continuously improve our services, here are the latest updates...
Allow you to monitor a customised group of securities. You can set up multiple Portfolios to help you better manage your investments.
Trigger Alerts
Get up-to-date alerts delivered directly to your email address.
Stock Screener
Allow you to filter the market and find exactly what sort of company you are looking for.
Live Terminal
Get instant access to FREE REAL-TIME streaming quotes for hundreds of stocks from HOSE, HNX and UPCOM exchanges.