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What’s in The Saigon Times Weekly this week?

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Focus: How To Deal With Gold Market Volatility: Regarded as a symbol of wealth, a safe haven asset, and a cultural heritage, gold plays an important role in Vietnamese society. However, the Vietnamese gold market faces structural issues that lead to price volatility, affect economic stability, and expose consumers to financial risks. This article attempts to analyze the structural factors of the gold market, identify the drivers behind the recent gold price spikes, and propose five measures to stabilize the market for a more sustainable financial environment.

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More Challenges Than Opportunities: A report sent to the National Assembly Standing Committee to present an additional review of the implementation of the socio-economic development plan for 2023 and the situation in early 2024 has 27 pages, of which 12 delve into difficulties and challenges the country is grappling with.

Banks Rush To Issue Bonds: April 2024 saw banks issuing VND7,800 billion of bonds via private placement, accounting for over 71% of the total value of debt issued by the banking sector in the first four months of the year. Why did banks actively issue debt while their credit growth was so low?

Promising Growth Of Industrial Real Estate: The industrial real estate sector in Vietnam is exhibiting signs of robust growth, driven by an influx of foreign manufacturers. These businesses are choosing Vietnam as their investment destination, attracted by opportunities for supply chain diversification and market expansion.

For A Longer Heyday: The breakneck fall in coffee prices has caught many coffee stock holders off guard. Many are wondering whether coffee prices could find their way back to their peak or whether their heyday has ended. However, the key issue is how to make those high prices sustainable.


Still A Force Of Influence: Foreign investors net sold around VND20 trillion of shares on the local stock market in the first four months of 2024. Although the proportion of their share transactions in the total volume on the market has sharply declined compared to previous years, each and every move by foreign investors still wields influence on the general mood among investors.


Promoting Sustainable Investments: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices have become a crucial avenue for businesses to enhance their profitability, reputation, and competitiveness. ESG investments have taken center stage in this pursuit. However, the issue of “greenwashing,” or the deceptive use of green initiatives, has emerged, creating conflicts of interest and ultimately leading to greater disappointment. In a conversation with The Saigon Times, Dr. Seng Kiong Kok, head of Department – Undergraduate Business Programs at RMIT University Vietnam, provides insights into this pressing issue.

Ancient Village By The River: About 15 kilometers from Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi City lies the ancient village of Khuc Thuy, nestled by the Nhue River for centuries. Located in Thanh Oai District, Khuc Thuy Village is a haven for those who love nostalgia.


Chu B’luk Volcanic Cave – A Paradise For Trekking Enthusiasts: Chu B’luk volcanic cave in Dak Nong Province has become an ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts due to its moderate difficulty and the pristine natural beauty it offers.

The Distinctive Bun Cha Quat In Ninh Binh: Bun cha quat is a must-try for tourists visiting Ninh Binh, as the dish boasts unique characteristics and flavors compared to the traditional bun cha of Hanoi.

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