Creditors adjust growth forecasts

The survey on business trends of credit institutions conducted from February 25 to March 9 by the SBV’s Statistics and Forecasting Department questioned all credit institutions and branches of foreign banks nationwide. The rate of response was 89.5 per cent.

Specifically, the capital mobilisation of the whole system would likely grow at 5.58 per cent in the second quarter of the year and 16.23 per cent in the whole year, slightly less than the expectation of 16.76 per cent made in the December 2016 survey.

Credit growth from April to June this year is anticipated to reach 5.81 per cent while that for the whole year would be 17.23 per cent, lower than the 2016 real growth rate of 18.25 per cent and 2017 target of 18 per cent.

Earlier, in the 2016 survey, the credit growth was expected to be even higher, at 20.09 per cent.

According to the survey’s results, the abundance of banking liquidity is forecast to be maintained in the second quarter and the whole year for both, the Viet Nam dong and foreign currency, as it was in the first three month of the year.

Liquidity abundance of the credit institution system is a foundation for stabilising the interest rates of deposits, which helps keep the interest expense stable and thereby maintain the net interest margin.

It is also one of the prerequisites for stabilising the lending interest rates to support production and business expansion of enterprises, contributing to the economic growth target of 6.7 per cent this year.

Most of the credit institutions said that their bad debt to outstanding loan ratio in the second quarter of the year would be less than or unchanged from the levels of the first three months of the year.

2017 performance

The survey also reveals that more than 90 per cent of correspondents expect they would reap higher after-tax profit in this year than last year.

The optimistic forecast of the institutions was based on their confidence in the Government’s efforts to improve business climate and their own actions to strengthen its internal operations.

Overall, 75.2 per cent of credit institutions expect a better business outlook in the second quarter and 83 per cent of those surveyed believe in better business results in the whole year.

With regard to average prices of financial products and services, half of the credit institutions answered that they would keep the average price unchanged for the whole year, while 20 per cent of them said that they plan a slightly decrease and 30 per cent responded with a small rise.

Source: VIR

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AmCham is an independent association of companies with the objective of promoting trade and investment between Vietnam and the U.S. With two chapters, one in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hanoi, our membership of 700 companies and 1,500 representatives is unified by a commitment to promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States.

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