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December 19, 2018

Foreigners’ local bonds holdings hit record high in May

PUBLISHED : June 08, 2018 - 14:58

UPDATED : June 08, 2018 - 14:58

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[THE INVESTOR] Holdings of local bonds by foreign investors hit an all-time high last month, data showed on June 8.

Offshore investors owned local bonds worth 108.4 trillion won (US$100.93 billion) in May, up 3.2 trillion won from the previous month, according to the data from the Korea Financial Investment Association (KOFIA).

In May, they were net buyers in the local bond market, picking up 5.3 trillion won worth of bonds, it added.

The expansion of transactions among overseas investors is mainly attributable to eased geopolitical risks on the Korean Peninsula and the continued difference between the forward exchange rate and the spot rate, according to the association.

Total bond issuance inched down last month to stand at 61.2 trillion won, a decrease from the 61.33 trillion won logged the previous month, the KOFIA said.

By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (ssh@heraldcorp.com)

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