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Foreign holdings of S. Korean bonds renew record in March
2013.04.03 10:21:23 | 2013.04.03 15:20:34
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Foreign holdings of South Korean bonds came within a whisker of hitting 100 trillion won ($89.04 billion) last month.

Foreign ownership of Korean bonds jumped 1.50 trillion won on-month to 95.20 trillion won late last month, said the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) Wednesday. The number has touched fresh record-highs for two consecutive months.

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Foreign investors held 7.1 percent of the nation’s total listed bonds.

Foreign ownership of local bonds increased as the rising economic uncertainties at home and abroad have prompted investors to turn to a safer bet, while the Bank of Korea (BOK) is expected to cut the benchmark interest rate.

Foreign investors made a net buying of local bonds worth 4.20 trillion won excluding those with overdue maturity dates last month, down 1.90 trillion won on-month, but the net buying was larger than the monthly average inflow (3.20 trillion won) of last year.

European investors made a net buying worth 220 billion won and US investors that of 170 billion won, while investment from Japan swung to net inflow in five months since October last year.

Meanwhile, foreign investors made a net selling of local stocks worth 1.90 trillion won last month.

The investors had made a net buying until early last month, bolstered by improving global economic indicators, but turned to a net selling since mid last month amid the rising uncertainties from North Korean risks and ongoing negotiations over Cypriot bailout.

US investors made the largest net selling of 1.60 trillion won and UK investors 1.30 trillion won.

Chinese investors made a net buying worth 140 billion won last month, continuing their net buying for the fifth month. Japanese investors also made a net buying worth 50 billion won, turning to a net buying in seven months since August last year.

Foreign ownership of local shares stood at 413 trillion won in value late last month, accounting for 31.7 percent of total market capitalization.

[Written by Chong-hun Chun - Sun-ah Kim / edited by Soyoung Chung]

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