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World’s Worst-Performing Stocks Have Vietnam Investors on Edge

  • Regulators have cracked down on property firms, made arrests
  • Benchmark stock index has plunged 36% so far this year
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The world’s biggest stock-market slump is testing the resolve of Vietnam’s investing masses. 

A government crackdown on real estate companies, corruption probes and tightening credit have pushed the benchmark VN Index down 36% this year in the world’s worst performance, led by banks and property firms. While some foreign investors see a buying opportunity, the crisis is punishing for Vietnamese launched into the middle class since 2002.