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  1. beyondbrics

    April 9, 2014

    The rise of the Korean won: more than just macro

    Falling unemployment, improving exports and a rush back into emerging markets assets gave investors plenty of reasons to buy...

  2. April 9, 2014

    South Korean won climbs to six-year peak

    The South Korean won rose to a six-year high on Wednesday, buoyed by strong portfolio inflows, falling unemployment and...

  1. April 9, 2014

    Stocks extend gains after Fed minutes

    Wednesday 21:15 BST. US stocks extended early gains, Treasury bonds pared losses and the dollar retreated as market...

  2. beyondbrics

    March 24, 2014

    S Korea opens gold exchange in bid to boost transparency

    South Korea’s stock exchange opened a gold trading platform on Monday with the hope of boosting transparency of gold trades...

  3. March 19, 2014

    S Korea regulators launch probe into China banks’ operations

    South Korean financial authorities have launched an inspection of three Chinese banks' operations in the country, amid...

  4. March 3, 2014

    Bank of Korea veteran Lee Ju-yeol returns as governor

    South Korea’s president has nominated a Bank of Korea veteran as the institution’s next governor, a move welcomed by...

  5. February 13, 2014

    Wall Street regains upward momentum

    Thursday 21:05 GMT. US stocks resumed their upward momentum as bullish investors brushed off a disappointing batch of...

  6. beyondbrics

    February 9, 2014

    The week ahead: Feb 10-14

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Syrian peace talks, a Brics scientific conference, Islamic financiers meet in London and...

  7. January 23, 2014

    South Korea records fastest economic growth in 3 years

    In the southern port city of Busan in South Korea, so many families are sprucing up their homes that local interior...

  8. January 6, 2014

    Park Geun-hye warns South Korean companies on weaker yen

    By Song Jung-a in Seoul Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s president, has stressed the need to rebalance Asia’s fourth-largest...

  9. December 17, 2013

    South Korean banks struggle to gain a foothold abroad

    By Song Jung-a in Seoul South Korean banks have every incentive to expand overseas: the government is supportive and...

  10. October 25, 2013

    Doubts cloud strong South Korea growth

    South Korea’s economy grew 3.3 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the fastest rate for nearly two years,...

  11. beyondbrics

    October 10, 2013

    Bank of Korea: postive, but wary of the US fiscal impasse

    Kim Choong-soo: still optimistic At a time of growing external uncertainties, economic projections seem a touch meaningless....

  12. October 8, 2013

    Japan current account underwhelms

    Japan’s run of uncertain economic data has continued, with its current account surplus undershooting forecasts. The lower...

  13. September 30, 2013

    Industrial production weakens in Japan

    There are quivers from Asia again after data showed that industrial production contracted in Japan and that Chinese...

  14. September 29, 2013

    US mining equipment makers clash with miners over financing plan

    Caterpillar has said the US mining equipment industry faces over $500m in potential lost sales if US miners succeed in...

  15. beyondbrics

    August 8, 2013

    New York headlines

    * China trade shows signs of recovery * Asian stocks still in the doldrums; China data looms * China fines milk formula...

  16. beyondbrics

    August 8, 2013

    Bank of Korea: better times ahead

    The Bank of Korea held rates steady on Thursday at 2.5 per cent – the third hold in a row. So far, all as expected. But the...

  17. beyondbrics

    July 30, 2013

    South Korean industry: animal spirits still restrained

    South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye is full of promises to boost the services sector, but for now her government is...

  18. July 25, 2013

    South Korea records strongest economic growth in two years

    South Korea’s economy recorded its strongest quarterly growth for more than two years in the three months through June, as...

  19. beyondbrics

    July 12, 2013

    N Korea: murky but growing

    Is North Korea’s economy doomed? Perhaps not. The communist state seems to have found a way for survival, despite its...

  20. July 9, 2013

    Inside Business: Seoul braces for a slowdown

    Asia is bracing for harder times once again. “The oxygen is getting thinner,” noted Frederic Neumann, HSBC’s Asian regional...

  21. beyondbrics

    June 27, 2013

    S Korea economy: looking up

    South Korea’s government gave its own policies a vote of confidence on Thursday as it raised its annual growth forecast from...

  22. June 24, 2013

    S Korea and Japan currency swap arrangement reduced

    The currency swap arrangement between Japan and South Korea will be reduced next month to its lowest level since 2006, amid...

  23. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2013

    Korean rates: holding on

    While other Asian policy makers are seemingly losing their nerve (see Indonesia story below) South Korea’s central bank held...

  24. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2013

    The Great Squiggle of central banking

    Behold — an illustrative chart from Morgan Stanley’s global economics team (click to enlarge): The last five days have...

  25. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2013

    Asian currency wars, exporting deflation and the house price bind

    Bank of Korea has done its bit to stoke the currency wars… Although they insist that it’s not. From BAML’s Jaewoo Lee: In...

  26. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks outside Japan climbed as the Bank of Korea cut interest rates and News Corp’s earnings beat estimates. Japanese...

  27. May 9, 2013

    Gangnam’s estate agents yearn for new tune

    Eumhouse, an estate agency in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam district, has seen a recent uptick in inquiries after two years of...

  28. beyondbrics

    April 30, 2013

    S Korea IP: the effect of a weaker yen starts to show

    The weaker yen is slowly hampering South Korea’s growth momentum, with the country’s industrial output falling 2.6 per cent...

  29. FT Alphaville

    April 11, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks rose for a fourth day and the yen neared 100 to the dollar. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 1.1 percent, the...

  30. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2013

    S Korea: central bank resists calls for rate cuts - for now

    By Song Jung-a and Stefan Wagstyl War threats or no war threats, the Bank of Korea is keeping a cool head. Despite the...

  31. March 29, 2013

    Markets calmed after troubled week

    Global equities ended a difficult week on a positive note, as scenes of relative calm in Cyprus after the reopening of its...

  32. beyondbrics

    March 14, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Xi Jinping becomes Chinese president * China Mobile to invest $30.6bn in 4G * Picture changes for wary Assad supporters *...

  33. beyondbrics

    March 14, 2013

    S Korea: no rate cut, for now

    Not this time – maybe next. The Bank of Korea on Thursday left interest rates unchanged at 2.75 per cent for a fifth...

  34. beyondbrics

    March 6, 2013

    S Korea: foreign investment surge

    embed1 Foreign investors are returning to South Korea after heavy sell-offs in January, attracted by expected foreign...

  35. beyondbrics

    March 4, 2013

    S Korea's central bank to government: you move first

    South Korea’s inflation unexpectedly slowed last month on weak domestic demand, despite a pickup in manufacturing activity,...

  36. beyondbrics

    February 18, 2013

    South Korea braces for fallout from currency war

    Global squabbles over exchange rates have emerged as a key concern for South Korea, as policy makers struggle to battle...

  37. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2013

    Korea leaves rates and passes forex buck to incoming government

    As expected, the Bank of Korea left its policy interest rate unchanged at 2.75 per cent a year on Thursday, citing the...

  38. February 14, 2013

    Soft economic data hit euro

    Thursday 21:10 GMT. Disappointing European economic data crimped optimism about global growth prospects and weighed on...

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