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Strategy Hyundai

13 October 2015 - 10:45am

The Hyundai Motor Group’s strategic products for specific markets are making a significant contribution to its overseas sales, in spite of a drop in overall sales attributable to factors including the slowdown of the Chinese economy.

According to industry sources, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors sold a total of 1,255,699 region-specific vehicles, which are grouped into 18 models, between Jan. and Sept. this year, to show 15.6 percent growth from a year ago.

Such models include Beijing Hyundai’s Mistra for supply to the Chinese market. The sales volume of the mid-size...

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Some example hot rolled steel sheets.

Falling Steel

13 October 2015 - 10:45am

Korea’s steel imports are on a rapid decline, mainly due to the ongoing recession in the domestic shipbuilding industry.

According to the Korea Iron & Steel Association, the imports decreased by 9.9 percent and 10.7 percent from a year ago and a month ago in Sept., to 1.774 million tons, respectively. The cumulative total for the first three quarters of this year decreased 2.8 percent from a year earlier to 165.52 million tons, too. Since the beginning of this year, the imports have continued to decline year-on-year except in March, July, and Aug.

By item, those of hot-...

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International Development Finance Club

13 October 2015 - 10:30am

The Korea Development Bank (KDB) joined the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) as its 23rd member on Oct. 11.

The IDFC is an international organization established in 2011 for the co-exploration of business opportunities and expertise sharing in the fields of sustainable infrastructure, alternative energy, and social development. Its members consist of 20 countries’ development finance agencies such as the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) of Germany, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) of France, China Development Bank (CDB), Brazilian Development Bank...

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Slow Mergers and Acquisitions

13 October 2015 - 10:30am

The Korea Economic Research Institute recently announced that Google conducted 154 M&As between 2010 and Sept. this year, whereas the number was limited to 37 for Samsung Electronics.

These days, global companies are working on an increasing number of M&As for business reorganization. For example, Google is continuing to acquire firms in various fields, including 3D printing and software for use in self-driving cars. IBM is shifting the focus of its business from computing to services, while GE is veering toward finance and energy from consumer electronics. In the energy...

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Europe Focused

13 October 2015 - 10:30am

Fund data provider FnGuide announced on Oct. 12 that the 49 funds each investing at least 1 billion won (US$870,130) in Europe and available in Korea have recorded an average return of 7.45 percent this year, similar to those investing in Japan and Russia. It added that five out of the 12 non-index and non-ETF stock funds for overseas investment that have posted a return of at least 10 percent since the beginning of this year are those investing in Europe, including Fidelity Europe (15.32 percent), Eastspring European Leaders (13.15 percent), and Hana UBS Europe Focus (11.40 percent). The...

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