New Investment Law Hailed as ‘Essential’ to Development

Business leaders have welcomed the approval of a new investment law that they hope will cut red tape and bring an end to concerns that foreign and local businesses are being treated differently. The Upper House approved the Myanmar Investment Law without amendments last week, and the legislation is due to come into effect in […]

YSX needs institutional investors, say industry figures

The Yangon Stock Exchange needs larger and more experienced investors to start trading as its current buyers lack experience, industry sources said at an Oxford Business Group capital market debate last week. The individual traders dominating the new bourse – also called retail investors – are poor at assessing a company’s financial health, analysing cash […]

57 Firms Keen on YSX Licence

The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) has received 57 applications from businesses seeking involvement in the upcoming bourse, an official has said. There have been 30 applications from share distribution companies, seven from stock trading companies and brokers and 20 from advisory and consultancy firms, Dr Maung Maung Thein, deputy minister for finance, said. “We are […]

Pun Hlaing Hospital gets injection of capital and ideas

IT has been open for more than nine years, but Pun Hlaing Hospital is yet to turn a profit for First Myanmar Investment’s shareholders The company’s management is betting, however, that an injection of US$10 million and a new philosophy on healthcare provision will bring the hospital a new – and profitable – lease on […]

YSE: $20 billion worth of Market Capitalisation by 2022

The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), set to open in October this year, is to see up to US$20 billion in Market Capitalisation as well as trade volume of US$10 billion per year, said Dr Aung Thura, CEO of Thura Swiss during the ASEAN- Myanmar forum held on March 23 at the Park Royal Hotel, Yangon. […]

Stock exchange service providers face staffing trouble

The Yangon Stock Exchange is slated to start by October, though the securities industry faces a shortage of skilled workers, according to experts. Working on capital markets requires specialised knowledge that is currently in short supply, given Myanmar has never had a modern stock exchange. Deputy finance minister U Maung Maung Thein previously said that […]

Myanmar Has Swapped a Military Dictatorship for a Stock Exchange

Why you should care Myanmar has one of the last untapped economies in the world and a wealth of gas, gems and other resources. A stock market could eventually provide an entry point for investors. Thinking of investing in Myanmar? Just maybe it will be possible soon. The last time Myanmar launched a stock exchange […]

Taking the Pulse of Myanmar’s Bean Business

Each morning the floor of the Bayintnaung commodity exchange center in northern Rangoon is jammed with traders and middlemen and buyers looking for the latest prices and deals for some of Burma’s agricultural produce. Famously Burma was once the world’s biggest rice exporter, a position long-lost due to the decades of economic mismanagement under the […]