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Republic of Korea

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Close of
May 29, 2020
Change From
Govt. Bond Yields Latest Yield Previous Day Previous Week YTD
2 Year 0.735 3.0 5.3 63.0
5 Year 1.090 ▲ 0.5 ▲ 2.0 38.0
10 Year 1.365 ▲ 1.5 ▲ 2.5 30.7

* Government bond yield changes are expressed in basis points.

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Currencies Latest Rate Previous Day Previous Week YTD
KRW per USD 1,237.570 ▲ 0.2 0.1 7.1
KRW per JPY 11.477 ▲ 0.3 ▲ 0.1 7.8

* Exchange rate changes are expressed as a percentage change.

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Interest Rates Latest Rate Previous Day Previous Week YTD
1D KORIBOR 0.600     0.0 12.0 63.0
3M KORIBOR 0.830     0.0 4.0 107.0

* Interest rate changes are expressed in basis point change.

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Policy Rates
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Policy Rates Latest Rate
Previous Rate
BOK Base Rate 0.750     0.0 50.0

* Policy rate changes are expressed in basis point change.

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Sovereign Ratings
Agency Rating Outlook Date
Regional Rating Institutions
R&I AA- stable 2020-03-17
RAM AA3 stable 2019-05-07
Non-Regional Rating Institutions
Fitch AA- stable 2020-02-11
S&P AA stable 2019-11-06

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  • Size of LCY Bond Market
  • Size of LCY Bond Market in % of GDP
  • Monthly Bonds Outstanding in USD
  • FCY Bonds Outstanding
  • Breakdown of LCY Bond Market Issuance
  • G3 Currency Bond Issuance
  • Government Securities Maturity Profile - LCY
  • Corporate Securities Maturity Profile - LCY
  • Investor Profile - Government Bonds
  • Foreign Holdings in LCY Government Bonds
  • Trading Volume
  • Bonds Turnover Ratio
  • Interest Rate Spread - 2yrs vs 10yrs - LCY Bond
  • Yield Volatility - 10yr LCY Bonds
  • Credit Spread - LCY Corp. Bonds vs Govt. Bonds
  • Bid-Ask Spreads (Survey data)
  • Government Bond Market Structural Issues
  • Corporate Bond Market Structural Issues

ASEAN+3 Bond Market Guide

ASEAN+3 Bond Market Guide 2018: Republic of Korea

ASEAN+3 Bond Market Guide is a comprehensive explanation of the region's bond markets. It provides information such as the history, legal and regulatory framework, specific characteristics of the market, trading and transaction (including settlement systems), and other relevant information. The ASEAN+3 Bond Market Guide 2018 Republic of Korea is an outcome of the strong support and kind contributions of ASEAN+3 Bond Market Forum members and experts, particularly from the Republic of Korea.

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Market Summary

Size and Composition

The Republic of Korea's local currency (LCY) bond market expanded 1.6% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in the fourth quarter of 2019 to reach a size of KRW2,407.6 trillion (USD2,083.0 billion) at the end of December. The increase was largely driven by growth in the corporate segment. LCY corporate bonds outstanding rose 2.7% q-o-q to KRW1,455.7 trillion, while outstanding government bonds fell 0.2% q-o-q to KRW951.9 trillion at the end of December. On a year-on-year basis, the Republic of Korea's LCY bond market expanded 7.6%.

Corporate Bond Issuance

Corporate bond issuance in the Republic of Korea surged 30.5% q-o-q in the fourth quarter of 2019 to KRW157.6 trillion from KRW120.7 trillion in the previous quarter.

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