Poor economic conditions in Vietnam has prompted one ratings
agency to downgrade the country's sovereign debt, and economists
and other agencies believe the downgrade was justified. Still, the
and related exchange traded fund (
) may experience some decent growth for the year.
Fitch Ratings downgraded Vietnam's sovereign rating to B+, or
four steps from investment-grade, as a result of inconsistent state
policies, deteriorating external finances, greater funding needs,
the country's dollarized economy and weak financial system,
reports John Ruwitch for Reuters
. Fitch also believes that the government's deficit will remain
high and the public debt situation will worsen. Moody's and
Standard & Poor's both have a negative outlook on Vietnam. [
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Recently, one of Vietnam's largest state-owned enterprises
neared bankruptcy as a result of poor oversight and easy access to
writes Aude Genet for AFP
. Carl Thayer, a Vietnam specialist at the University of New South
Wales, believes that the inefficient state-controlled companies
were given huge resources and allowed to spend freely while
incurring large debts.
Despite all that, Vietnam's broader economy appears to be moving
in Vietnam slowed to 8.19% in July year-over-year, which may allow
the Central Bank to reduce interest rates further to bolster
comments Jason Folkmanis for Bloomberg
. The government has a growth target of 6.5% for 2010. The economy
expanded 6.4% in the second quarter year-over-year. [
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Max Chen contributed to this article.