Bitcoin, investment opportunities & Asian prospects

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For all of its challenges, there are compelling reasons to evaluate Bitcoin, a relatively new FinTech innovation. In fact, it holds tremendous promise and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs interested in exploring the space. Bitcoin (BTC) is a decentralised cryptocurrency and digital commodity money, operating on a bi-directional flow where its… Read more »

Vietnam to merge stock exchanges for increasing market competitiveness

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After executing a spate of mergers and acquisitions in the banking and the real estate sectors, Vietnam’s government is now considering the merger of its two independent stock exchanges. The consolidation of the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) and the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE), was proposed by the Vietnam Association of… Read more »


New opportunities for Thai infrastructure investment

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Thailand recently signed bilateral agreements with Japan and China, to build two railway trunk lines across Thailand, said a report in The Diplomat, One line, built with Chinese loans and technology, will link Bangkok and Map Ta Phut in the Thai south through Laos to Kunming, Yunnan, in the north. This is… Read more »


Indonesian infrastructure presents strong market for private equity investments

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Indonesia that has been emerging as a strong market for private equity investment off late, has got a further boost with its government’s recent announcement of a $400 billion in infrastructure investments over the next five years. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is intent on centralising authorisation procedures to encourage private sector investment, cutting red… Read more »


Singapore’s F&B sector provides opportunities for entrepreneurial and M&A activity

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The food & beverage (F&B) sector is an industry that is never short of demand from consumers, making it an ideal investment opportunity. The city state of Singapore is renowned for its food scene, but below the surface, the dynamics are changing. And the change is rapid. A recent report in… Read more »


Despite limited scope, foreign alcohol flux sends shivers through industry

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After a quiet campaign against reselling imported foreign alcohol, the government announced an easing of restrictions from the new fiscal year, which starts in April. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the foreign alcohol in Myanmar. Foreign liquor is still unavailable at supermarkets…. Read more »


Chinese property slump may affect real estate in Myanmar

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China’s tumbling property market due to its sluggish growth is expected to have an impact on Myanmar’s booming property sector, a real estate portal said in its recent analysis. After decades of double-digit economic growth, China is seeing a decline in growth rates. According to the Chinese government’s economic statistics… Read more »


For countries investing in Myanmar, the selling point is often similarities

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Recently, a delegation of businesspeople and diplomats from South Africa held a series of events in Yangon. Their hope was to promote tourism in South Africa, find markets for food and other products in Yangon, and find potential investors in their own country.Throughout their talks, they spoke of the similarities… Read more »


Snapshot of ASEAN M&A trends: Early indicator of business confidence

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The world’s largest corporates are expected to show greater appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2105, and they will have more capacity to fund prospective transactions, said the KPMG report, released last week. It attributed the increased appetite to a seven percent jump in predicted forward price to earnings ratio… Read more »


London summit focuses on Myanmar’s investment opportunities

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The recently-emerging investment opportunities in Myanmar against a backdrop of ambitious reforms and strong economic growth were highlighted at a business summit held recently in London. Titled “Promoting economic reform in Myanmar – Why responsible British business is good for Myanmar”, the conference was attended by over 100 representatives from… Read more »