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    1. Fast FT

      May 13, 2016

      Asian markets slide, oil reverses course, yen strengthens

      Most Asian markets went into reverse on Friday as the yen strengthened and oil gave back recent gains. Japan’s broad...

    2. Fast FT

      May 13, 2016

      BoK leaves interest rate unchanged

      The Bank of Korea has kept its benchmark rate on hold, having stood pat for nearly a year now. The benchmark rate,...

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      Although President Park remains relatively popular, South Korea and its squabbling pol...
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    1. Fast FT

      May 13, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Markets to slide after choppy night

      Asian markets look set to finish the week on a down note after a choppy night for oil saw Wall Street close flat....

    2. Fast FT

      May 3, 2016

      South Korea inflation steady in April

      There’s still plenty of uncertainty about the robustness of the outlook for South Korea this year, but in the meantime,...

    3. April 26, 2016

      South Korea’s deepening economic slowdown deals fresh blow to Park

      South Korea’s economic slowdown deepened in the first quarter, with sluggish exports and domestic consumption weighing...

    4. Fast FT

      April 26, 2016

      Korean GDP slows in 1Q

      South Korea’s economy slowed in the first three months of this year to its slowest pace in nine months, but right in...

    5. Fast FT

      April 22, 2016

      Won direction: Korean currency eyes fourth weekly advance

      Even this week’s cuts to South Korea’s growth outlook haven’t been enough to stop the currency from chasing its longest...

    6. Fast FT

      April 19, 2016

      Bank of Korea cuts GDP, inflation forecasts again

      The Bank of Korea has taken the knife to its economic forecasts for the second time this year as it stands pat on...

    7. Fast FT

      April 19, 2016

      BoK leaves interest rate unchanged

      The Bank of Korea has kept its benchmark rate on hold, as expected. The benchmark rate, last trimmed in June, remains...

    8. Fast FT

      April 19, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Oil recovers

      A recovery in oil prices underpinned gains for markets on both sides of the Atlantic overnight, and should see Asian...

    9. Fast FT

      April 1, 2016

      South Korean inflation slowed in March

      The door to a possible interest rate cut in South Korea has been opened a little wider after inflation slowed in March....

    10. Fast FT

      March 29, 2016

      Bank of Korea minutes show growing appeal of easing

      Will the Bank of Korea join 2016′s easing party? Minutes covering the BoK’s February meeting were released today,...

    11. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      Korean 4Q GDP revised a touch higher

      Korea’s economy grew a touch stronger in the final three months of 2015 than previously thought. GDP growth was revised...

    12. Fast FT

      March 15, 2016

      Korea change: unemployment rate hits 6-year high

      The cracks are starting to appear in the South Korean economy, as the unemployment rate jumped above 4 per cent for the...

    13. Fast FT

      March 10, 2016

      Bank of Korea holds rates steady

      The Bank of Korea has maintained its benchmark rate at a record-low 1.5 per cent. The BoK cut rates twice last year, in...

    14. Fast FT

      March 2, 2016

      Korean inflation rebounds from 12-month low

      Some reprieve on the data front for the Korean economy, as inflation rebounded in February from the slowest pace in a...

    15. Fast FT

      March 2, 2016

      South Korean manufacturing remains in doldrums

      South Korea’s manufacturing sector is still shrinking, according to the latest PMI reading for industry in the country....

    16. Fast FT

      March 1, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Super Tues ... err, Wednesday?

      That’s why they call it Super Tuesday, right? Because Wall Street jumped more than 2 per cent? No, it’s not why they...

    17. Fast FT

      March 1, 2016

      Korean industrial production weakens in January

      More grist for the Korean-economy-is-puttering-along mill, with soft industrial production data for January. Output...

    18. February 24, 2016

      South Korea household debt pile mounts

      South Korea’s household debt rose to a record Won1,200tn ($973bn) at the end of last year, worsening one of the...

    19. Fast FT

      February 19, 2016

      Korean won pares decline after jawbone

      The Korean won jumped sharply this morning after authorities warned on volatility and cautioned against “herd...

    20. Fast FT

      February 16, 2016

      Korean unemployment holds steady in January

      Revisions to South Korea’s unemployment rate mean the jobless rate ticked up at the end of last year from its lowest...

    21. Fast FT

      February 16, 2016

      S Korea leaves interest rates unchanged

      Record low interest rates and watching cautiously – the Bank of Korea isn’t changing the record. The base rate was...

    22. Fast FT

      January 25, 2016

      Korea quarter-over-quarter GDP growth slows

      South Korea’s economy, one of the biggest in Asia, grew at a slightly slower rate in the fourth quarter from the prior...

    23. Fast FT

      January 14, 2016

      Bank of Korea cuts growth, inflation forecasts

      South Korea’s currency continues to wallow in Asian trade after the country’s central bank kept interest rates on hold...

    24. Fast FT

      January 14, 2016

      Bank of Korea holds rates steady

      The Bank of Korea has maintained its benchmark rate at a record-low 1.5 per cent for a seventh consecutive month, as...

    25. Fast FT

      January 6, 2016

      North Korea says it tested hydrogen bomb

      North Korea has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, according to the country’s official Korean Central News Agency. If...

    26. December 10, 2015

      Bank of Korea leaves key rate unchanged at 1.5%

      South Korea‘s central bank has maintained its benchmark rate at 1.5 per cent. The BOK has held rates at this level...

    27. October 29, 2015

      South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding thrown a $3.7bn lifeline

      Lenders have thrown a Won4.2tn ($3.7bn) lifeline to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, following huge losses...

    28. October 23, 2015

      South Korea GDP growth rebounds in third quarter

      South Korea’s economy picked up pace in the third quarter, helped by rising consumption and construction activity, but...

    29. September 11, 2015

      Stocks cautious ahead of US rate meeting

      Friday 21:00 BST. Global stocks traded with a cautious tone at the end of another volatile week as the countdown...

    30. September 11, 2015

      Currencies drift downwards as central banks hold back

      Central banks played a straight bat in their policy meetings and with one notable exception kept rates unchanged as...

    31. August 13, 2015

      Calm returns as China seeks to ease anxiety

      Thursday 21:00 BST. Calmer conditions prevailed in the markets after the People’s Bank of China sought to soothe some...

    32. July 23, 2015

      South Korea growth falls to 2-year low

      Falling exports, drought and a high-profile virus outbreak pulled South Korea’s economic growth down to its slowest...

    33. July 9, 2015

      Bank of Korea lowers GDP growth forecast

      South Korea’s central bank has again cut the country’s growth forecast for the year as the impact of an outbreak of...

    34. June 17, 2015

      South Korea to assess impact of forex rigging

      South Korea’s competition watchdog is probing whether local companies were adversely affected by the rigging of foreign...

    35. June 11, 2015

      Bank of Korea cuts rates to record low as Mers virus fears rise

      The Bank of Korea has cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low in a pre-emptive move to minimise the adverse...

    36. June 7, 2015

      South Korea working to boost demand

      South Korea’s finance minister has criticised leading world economies for not doing enough to counter a slump in global...

    37. June 3, 2015

      South Korea likely to take up arms in currency war

      The warning from Leon Trotsky that “you may not be interested in war but war is interested in you” might seem apt to...

    38. May 18, 2015

      Korea’s central bank: which way next?

      Most central bankers know what it is like to make critical interest rate decisions when the economic data are balanced,...

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