Bloomberg – PXP Vietnam Asset Management, which oversees $225 million, plans to start a hedge fund by early next year as it seeks bargains in Asia’s second-worst-performing stock market, said co-founder Kevin Snowball.
The PXP Vietnam Value Fund will raise as much as $200 million to invest in undervalued stocks, Snowball said today.
PXP, the initials of Phan Xi Pang, Vietnam’s highest mountain, is betting that the stock market will recover as inflation eases and the nation’s trade deficit widens at a slower pace. The benchmark VN Index may double to 750 by the end of 2009, Snowball said.
“In the long term, the story’s intact,” Snowball, 47, said in an interview in Ho Chi Minh City. “As long as the government handles the development of the economy and the market correctly – – so far they’re doing a very good job — then I think we’re fine.”