Daiwa liquidates advisory subsidiary

A subsidiary of Daiwa Securities called Myanmar Corporate Strategic Advisory will be liquidated in order to allow the Japanese group to focus on its role as an underwriter and broker on the Yangon Stock Exchange, a company official said yesterday. MCSA, which is fully owned and controlled by Daiwa Securities Group, has been operating as […]

No longer a backward nation’: Myanmar launches first stock exchange

The bourse is currently open only to domestic investors and firms, although there are plans to allow foreign involvement in the future. Myanmar launched its first stock exchange with just one listed company on Friday, with hopes the move could aid the country’s economic rise as it emerges from decades of isolationist military rule. The […]

Myanmar investors swot up for new bourse

YANGON – Inside the graceful halls of Myanmar’s first modern bourse business leaders crowd into a crash course on sharetrading, as the former junta-run country takes another leap towards economic revitalisation. Rangoon Stock Exchange (YSX) is due to debut its first listed company on Friday, just days before a new civilian government overseen by Aung […]

Yoma Bank, Telenor to Invest in Mobile Payments Joint Venture

Yoma Bank and Telenor are set to invest more than $8 million each over the next year in their new mobile payments joint venture, according to a company filing. Mobile money is expected to be a growth sector as the expansion of access to mobile phone and internet services coincides with efforts to give more […]

FMI discloses risks ahead of Yangon Stock Exchange listing

A reliance on chair Serge Pun’s business relationships and the potential illegality of its existing share trading centre are among the risk factors First Myanmar Investment laid out in a disclosure document yesterday, ahead of the firm’s listing scheduled for later this month. FMI will be the first company to list on Myanmar’s first modern […]

Yangon bourse gets set for first listing

YANGON • Myanmar’s new stock exchange plans to have its first listing on March 25, the deputy finance minister told Reuters yesterday, more than three months after it was launched. The South-east Asian country’s economy has been devastated by nearly 50 years of military rule. Rapid reforms since the junta handed over power in 2011 […]

Myanmar admits more foreign banks ahead of NLD accession

BANGKOK — Myanmar has given preliminary operating licenses to four more foreign banks, following the government’s decision in late 2014 to grant licenses to an initial nine foreign banks. The move — just before a new administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over on April 1 — highlights a rush by the incumbent […]

No new shares to trade on YSX until July: underwriters

The first long-awaited initial public offerings on the Yangon Stock Exchange will not include any new shares, said underwriters, while the first company to raise fresh capital is unlikely to list until July. The YSX opened last December to much fanfare but with no stocks to trade. Crowds gathered, a giant bell was rung and […]

Yangon Stock Exchange on Track for March Trading Debut

RANGOON — The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) is expected to begin shares trading by the second week of March, with dry-run testing already underway, an official from the Securities Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) told The Irrawaddy on Monday. Though the YSX officially “launched” late last year with six companies listed, no shares have yet […]

Yangon Stock Exchange to open amidst suspicion

Many analysts believe the Yangon Stock Exchange, which will be fully operational by March this year, is opening with unfair advantages and possible conflicts of interests. The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) automatically entered the US sanctions blacklist as the Myanmar Economic Bank, an entity already sanctioned by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets […]