Posts By: Chris Bassett

Co-working spaces in HCMC

Co-working in HCMC

With such a large number of working expatriates as well as regular visitors who are also still very much in the workforce either in or coming into Ho Chi Minh City, it’s no real surprise that so-called co-working spaces have sprung up. While the coffee shop workspace we wrote about in a recent article covered… Read more »

The coffee shop workspace in HCMC

HCMC Coffee Shops

If there’s one thing which is in abundance across the length and breadth of HCMC it’s coffee shops. Whether the happen to be hole-in-the-wall spaces with plastic tables and chairs serving the strong local blend, or the more expensive but usually very ambient cafes of the type one might expect to see in a European… Read more »

Where Are You Going to Live in HCMC?

Living in HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City is easily the largest metropolis in Vietnam and is divided into 24 districts. Of these, 19 are classified as inner districts, the other five are rated as suburban districts. The obvious question for the expat is, ‘where should I find a place to live?’ The answer is far less obvious, for… Read more »

Development of derivatives market to further spur economic growth

Stock Market in Vietnam

For better or worse, stock exchanges tend to provide a good lightning-rod example of the overall health and expected future vibrancy of a country’s business strength. As Vietnam continues to move in the free market direction, the Ministry of Finance has added a further ‘plank’ to the economic floorboards by announcing its intention to have… Read more »

Foreign Investment further encouraged in listed companies

housing in Ho Chi Minh

Towards the end of June the Vietnamese government announced it had officially lifted its limit on foreign holdings in Vietnamese listed companies. The 26 June announcement significantly removes the investment restriction in stock exchange-listed public companies. In practical terms, the new position means that instead of a limit of 49 percent for all foreign holdings… Read more »

Vietnam’s Real Estate Market Bouncing Back

Vietnam real estate

Policy changes instituted by the central government, alongside stimulus measures designed to attract investment in real estate, and strong GDP numbers have all helped in revitalizing the realty marketplace in Vietnam. Two years ago the Vietnamese central government decided it needed to try and revive the real estate market in the country, which had been… Read more »

Foreign Ownership of Public Companies Getting Closer

According to reports, the government of Vietnam is set to make an announcement on 1 July this year where it will remove its current limits on foreign ownership of banks and other companies.[i] The current situation sets a limit of 30 percent foreign ownership of banks and 49 percent ownership of other public companies (the… Read more »