Banks mull taking shares as collateral

Investors in Yangon Stock Exchange-listed firms could soon be able to use their shares to access bank loans. The YSX is in discussions with listed companies and lenders about a system for posting stock as collateral, which shareholders are eager to see put in place. Tycoon Serge Pun – owner of listed firm First Myanmar […]

Banks need incentive to take grain instead of gold

Two domestic banks have agreed to offer loans backed by commodities, allowing farmers to pledge items like beans and pulses as collateral for access to competitively priced financing for the first time. However, the appeal of warehouse receipt financing may be limited, as capped interest rates mean the lenders have little incentive to take on […]

Ministry halts online exchange

A Forthcoming commodities exchange has been suspended following a letter from the Ministry of Commerce stating it is not allowed to operate. Myanmar firm MICEx had aimed to bring a commodities exchange online in the next few months, but is now left waiting while it discusses the situation with government authorities. While company officials admit […]