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THE INVESTOR
March 21, 2019
Big Reunion

Economy

S. Korea keeps close tabs on financial markets after NK-US summit

  • PUBLISHED :March 04, 2019 - 14:34
  • UPDATED :March 04, 2019 - 14:34
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South Korea said on March 4 it is maintaining round-the-clock tabs of financial markets and set to take necessary steps in case of volatility.

The move came four days after the leaders of North Korea and the United States ended their high-stakes nuclear summit in Hanoi with no agreements being reached.

Still, the breakdown is unlikely to have any big direct impact on South Korea’s financial markets, the Ministry of Economy and Finance said after Lee Ho-seung, the first vice minister of economy and finance, met with senior officials of the central bank and other financial agencies in Seoul.

The ministry said South Korea’s solid fundamentals, such as the current account surplus and foreign exchange reserves, are a key factor that can allow it to handle volatility.

South Korea’s current account surplus came to US$4.82 billion in December, marking the 80th consecutive month of the balance being in the black, according to the preliminary data from the Bank of Korea. 

Its foreign exchange reserves hit a record high of US$405.51 billion as of end-January.

Despite no tangible deals being reached at the summit, the credit default swap premium for South Korean foreign exchange stabilization bonds with a five-year maturity is 29 basis points -- the lowest since the 2008 global financial crisis.

By Ram Garikipati and newswires (ram@heraldcorp.com)



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