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South Korean portfolio investment pours into Vietnam

South Korean invested securities companies are putting pressure on Vietnamese companies, competing in terms of service quality, number of branches and the possibility of providing loans for margin trading.

There are six South Korean invested securities companies, namely Mirae Asset, KIS, HFT Securities, KB Vietnam, Shinhan Vietnam (the predecessor is Nam An Securities), and NH Securities (the predecessor is Woori CBV).

 

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Mirae Asset recently announced the plan to increase its charter capital from VND4.3 trillion to VND5.455 trillion to become the securities company with the biggest charter capital of Vietnam.

At present, the Saigon Securities Corporate (SSI), a Vietnamese owned company, has the biggest charter capital in Vietnam, However, the Number 1 position will be replaced by Mirae Asset once the State Securities Commission (SSC) approves Mirae Asset’s plan to raise charter capital this October.

Besides Mirae Asset, there are two other South Korean securities companies listed among top 10 companies with largest charter capital – KIS and KBSV, which have VND1.897 trillion and VND1.675 trillion, respectively.

There are six South Korean invested securities companies, namely Mirae Asset, KIS, HFT Securities, KB Vietnam, Shinhan Vietnam (the predecessor is Nam An Securities), and NH Securities (the predecessor is Woori CBV).

KBSV obtained charter capital after it raised capital continuously in the period from the end of 2018 to beginning of 2019, after taking over Maritime Securities.


Analysts commented that the presence of South Korean securities companies puts pressure on Vietnamese companies in terms of service quality, number of branches and the capability of providing loans for margin trading.

A report showed that as of the send of Q2, the margin loans balance of Mirae Asset had reached VND5 trillion, while the figure was VND6.3 trillion for SSI. Other South Korean invested companies such as KIS and KBSV also have big margin loans of over VND2 trillion, which are very close to that of Vietnamese companies such as HSC, VND and MBS.

There are many reasons for capital from South Korea to come to Vietnam and increase.

First, Vietnam is considered one of the brightest economic spots in the region and the world with GDP growth rate of 7.08 percent in 2018, the 11-year high, and 6.98 percent growth rate in the first nine months of 2019.

The Vietnamese market, though young, has been growing very rapidly. The stock market capitalization value has increased by 17 times over the last 10 years from 22.7 percent of GDP in 2006 to 78.5 percent by the end of June 2019.

Second, South Korea considers Vietnam one of the most important partners in its southward policy. The South Korean government prioritizes promoting a comprehensive cooperation relationship with Vietnam.

Third, the won has lost 8.2 percent of its value against the dollar, which could be why South Korean cash is seeking other shelter markets, including Vietnam with high stability.

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