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Overseas Equity Funds Rising in Popularity

Overseas Equity Funds Rising in Popularity

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s publicly offered overseas investment funds are regaining popularity among local investors, data showed Friday, as they seek tax benefits and higher returns. According to the data by the Korea Financial Investment Association, the combined net worth of such funds came to 39.4 trillion won (US$34.9 billion) as [...]

Kakao Bank Implements 500 Billion Won Capital Hike

Kakao Bank Implements 500 Billion Won Capital Hike

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Kakao Bank, South Korea’s second Internet-only bank, implemented a 500 billion won (US$441.9 million) capital increase on Tuesday as a part of a refinancing plan to bolster its lending business. Kakao Bank, launched in late July with paid-in capital of 300 billion won, has attracted about three million accounts [...]

Bank of Korea More Pessimistic Than Before, but Still Cautiously Hopeful

Bank of Korea More Pessimistic Than Before, but Still Cautiously Hopeful

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The Bank of Korea submitted a report to the Strategy and Finance Committee of the National Assembly today in which it predicted that this year’s economic growth would fall short of 3 percent despite the improving global economy and supplementary revisions made to the national budget. The central bank [...]

Foreign Ownership of Top 10 Group Shares Sinks 4.6 pct over Past Month

Foreign Ownership of Top 10 Group Shares Sinks 4.6 pct over Past Month

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign ownership of listed firms belonging to South Korea’s top 10 conglomerates tumbled nearly 4.6 percent over the past month amid a market correction, data showed Monday. Offshore investors held a combined 349.2 trillion won (US$310 billion) worth of shares in 95 listed firms of the leading business groups [...]

Gold Funds Shine on Flight to Safety

Gold Funds Shine on Flight to Safety

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Gold-related funds in South Korea have posted stellar returns over the past month, data showed Thursday, as geopolitical risks chilled the stock market and stoked investors’ flight to safety. Those funds posted an average return of 3.49 percent in the month to Wednesday, the top performer among local investment [...]

Foreign Ownership of KOSDAQ Stocks Hits Record High

Foreign Ownership of KOSDAQ Stocks Hits Record High

SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign ownership of stocks traded on South Korea’s secondary stock market has hit a new high, data showed Friday, as offshore investors turn to undervalued tech firms there after exiting the main bourse. As of Thursday, offshore investors held 25.98 trillion won (US$22.8 billion) worth of shares traded on [...]

South Korean Shares End Lower on Foreign Selling Amid Tensions over North Korea

South Korean Shares End Lower on Foreign Selling Amid Tensions over North Korea

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean stocks ended lower Friday as foreign investors sold local stocks amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States. The Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index lost 39.76 points, or 1.69 percent, to 2,319.71. Foreign investors offloaded shares [...]

Analysts Divided on KOSPI’s Outlook after Downturn

Analysts Divided on KOSPI’s Outlook after Downturn

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean analysts are divided over how much the local stock market will drop down the road following a recent downturn sparked by foreign selling and other negatives. Some fear the key price index may sink below the psychologically important 2,300-point level on foreign investors’ massive profit-taking, the so-called [...]

Property Investors May Move Money to Stocks: Analysts

Property Investors May Move Money to Stocks: Analysts

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s real estate investors may move their money to the stock market following tough government measures to cool the overheating housing market, analysts said Friday. In a desperate bid to rein in soaring apartment prices, the government unveiled a package of measures Wednesday, including the designation of areas [...]

SK hynix Most Profitable among Listed Firms in Q2

SK hynix Most Profitable among Listed Firms in Q2

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Chip giant SK hynix Inc. posted the highest operating margin among large-gap companies in the second quarter of the year on its strong semiconductor business, data showed Wednesday. The consolidated operating margin of SK hynix, the crown jewel of South Korea’s No. 3 conglomerate SK Group, came to 45.6 [...]