Vietnam’s stock market surges ahead

While most emerging markets are sliding, Vietnam is surging. The VN Index has jumped by 12% to a four-year high of 560 this year, making it Asia’s top performer.

Encouraged by the gradual recovery from a credit boom and bust, investors have given the small market a boost as the data have improved. GDP growth hit bottom in 2012 and is slowly recovering. The government has pencilled in growth of almost 6% this year, while inflation has fallen to around 6% from a high of 20% in 2011.

Credit growth is subdued due to bad loans still clogging up the [...]

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