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 […]

GDP growth not enough for economic progress

The advent of new government is likely to provide a short-term boost to GDP, but long-term inclusive economic growth will be more difficult, said government officials and economists at a conference this week. The two-day conference, held on January 11-12 at the Yangon Economics Institute, was titled “New Myanmar beyond 2015: The need for a […]

Over-the-counter share prices rise ahead of new stock exchange launch

As investors await the first listings on the Yangon Stock Exchange, the price of over-the-counter shares in a number of well-known public companies has risen, amid expectation that the companies will list on the country’s first modern bourse. Workers prepare the new Yangon Stock Exchange building for today’s launch. Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw / […]

YSX provisional licences awarded

Eight companies have been offered conditional underwriting licences for the Yangon Stock Exchange, subject to paid-up capital. The exchange, which is owned by state-owned Myanma Economic Bank, Daiwa Institute of Research and Japan Exchange Group, is due to open in December. Companies including AYA Bank, Daiwa Securities Group and United Amara Bank were offered provisional […]

Singapore leads as foreign investment in Myanmar doubles

Foreign investment in Myanmar nearly doubled last year compared to the previous year, it was announced yesterday. Overseas investors poured more than US$8 billion into the country, creating 150,000 jobs, said the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). More than half that figure, $4.3 billion, came from Singapore alone. A total of 223 projects […]

Experts warn on black money flowing into stock market

Care needs to be taken to prevent illegal money flowing through the planned Yangon Stock Exchange, or it risks its reputation as a reliable place to do business, according to experts. The exchange is slated to launch in October, marking Myanmar’s first modern stock market, though a number of rules governing the market are still […]

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 […]