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Foreign investors’ net investment in S. Korean financial market falls for 2nd month
2012.12.05 11:29:15 | 2012.12.05 15:42:13
Foreign investors’ net investment in the South Korean securities market (stocks, bonds) declined for two consecutive months as external uncertainties such as concerns over the US fiscal cliff are lingering.

This year, foreign investors’ net investment amounted to 19 trillion won ($17 billion).

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The nation’s listed stocks posted a net outflow of 350 billion won in November, losing a total of 391 billion won from a net outflow of 741 billion won in October, according to the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) Wednesday.

Last month, foreign investors net sold Korean stocks worth 617 billion won and net bought listed bonds worth 267 billion won.

From January to November this year, foreign investors’ net investment slid 350 billion won from October (19.5 trillion won) to 19.2 trillion won. Foreign investors bought the domestic stocks and bonds worth 13.7 trillion won and 5.4 trillion won, respectively, this year.

Foreign investors turned to net sellers of Korean listed stocks last month on lingering uncertainties in the global economy including the US fiscal cliff and eurozone crisis.

The European investors including investment banks shifted to a net-selling position in three months by dumping stocks worth a net 794 billion won.

Chinese investors bought a net 566 billion won in stocks last month, a monthly-high level while the US investors bought a net 75 billion won worth of the stocks.

As of the end of last year, foreign holdings of Korean stocks totaled 393.7 trillion won, accounting for 31.7 percent of the total market capitalization.

In the domestic bond market, foreign investors’ net buying amounted to 300 billion won. US investors were responsible for 355 billion won of the total sum of foreign net investment, extending their net buying spree into a third consecutive month. European investors’ net investment turned to negative in six months by recording -45 billion won.

As of the end of last month, foreign holdings of Korean bonds were valued at 88.9 trillion won, a 6.9 percent of the total listed bonds.

[Written by Jieun Lee/ edited by Soyoung Chung]


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