The focused exchange traded fund Market Vectors Vietnam ETF (NYSEArca: VNM) has made gains after a financial sector make-over and growing investor confidence in the country. Foreign investment in VNM is higher than ever, and the 7.8% year-t0-date performance is proof.
High inflation, slow growth and a banking scandal had kept the Vietnamese economy grounded for some time. An overhaul in regulation within the financial sector has re-enforced a recovery within the economy, which has led to an influx of foreign investment, reports Zacks. [Vietnam ETF is up 31% in 2013]
“Today, policymakers in Vietnam continue to manage the challenging transition from a centrally planned economy to a market-oriented one. After years of a “pro-growth” policy, the government has shifted toward focusing on macroeconomic stability, as inflation rose almost 20% in 2011. Other macro concerns include wide trade, and budget deficits and financial problems at dominant state-owned companies,” Patricia Oey for Morningstar wrote.
Vietnamese stocks are currently touching highs, while presenting low valuations. The government has taken measures to reduce levels of debt within the financial system, which has fortified investor confidence.
VNM is concentrated in the financial sector, with about 40% of the portfolio allocated to this area. VNM gives investors local exposure as well as coverage of any overseas companies that generate at least 50% of their income in Vietnam. [Vietnam ETF Rallies on Reform Measures, Economy]