Anfin CEO Phuoc Tran

Anfin, a Vietnam-based stock trading app for retail investors, has raised US$510,000 from Global Founders Capital (GFC), First Check Ventures, and R2 Venture Partners.

GFC is a Germany-headquartered billion-dollar fund and an early investor of notable tech companies, such as Facebook, Rocket Internet, and Archer Aviation, LinkedIn, Lazada, and Slack.

“GFC is always looking for outstanding founders globally to provide them with capital. Our current focus is in Vietnam and Southeast Asia that is home to a large pool of talent,” said Jay Lim, VC management partner at Global Founders Capital. “I believe they [Anfin] are active as a key player in improving financial literacy in Vietnam.”

We have contacted Anfin for more details about the funds and will update this article when we hear from it.

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Founded in June 2021 by CEO Phuoc Tran and CPO Michael Do, Anfin is a stock investment app that enables users to buy and sell stocks with small capital starting at only VND50,000 (around US$2) and allows trading of fractional shares.

Anfin aims to simplify the financial investment process through a user friendly, transparent and highly secured platform, generating passive income for young Vietnamese.

The startup also supports users’ decision-making by providing investment knowledge, from basic to advanced, and updating financial news in an easy-to-understand style.

“The complicated process, risk aversion and large initial capital are common barriers that hinder Vietnamese people from investing in securities,” said Anfin CEO Phuoc Tran. “We strive to inspire and support Vietnamese people, especially the young, to help them confidently start investing to achieve their financial goals.”

In H1 2021, the total number of new domestic investor accounts opened in Vietnam increased by 58 per cent compared to the whole of 2020. Around three per cent of Vietnam’s 100 million population has a stock brokerage account, according to investment firm VinaCapital.

The year 2021 has witnessed a massive growth of people joining the stock market, while the traditional investment options like real estate and gold have become less excited, reports VinaCapital.

Vietnam’s government aims to increase the country’s stock brokerage penetration rate to 5 per cent by 2025 and 10 per cent by 2030.

In Southeast Asia, investment platforms are ripe for an explosion, with Aijab becoming the latest unicorn in this sector. In Vietnam, Finhay and Infina are the two notable startups that recently secured funding.

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