The Korea Securities Depository announced on July 25 that deposits of foreign currency securities of residents in Korea increased to US$33.4 billion as of the end of last month, up 15.8% from the end of last year.
Among them, deposits of foreign currency bonds totaled US$25.8 billion, up 13.0% from the end of last year and foreign currency stocks swelled 26.5% to US$7.6 billion.
By market, foreign currency bonds of the US market stood at US$3 billion, up 0.8 percent from the end of last year and those of the Japanese market jumped 16.6 percent to US$1.4 billion. Those of the Hong Kong and Chinese markets amounted to US$2.2 billion and US$1 billion, up 41.6% and 27.8% from a year earlier, respectively.
Euro bonds hit US$23.9 billion, up 13.1 percent from US$21.1 billion at the end of last year. Those of other markets such as South Africa, Spain and Germany added up to US$1.9 billion, up 58.7% over the same period.
The amount of payments for foreign currency stocks in the first half of this year reached US$9.3 billion, up 44.3 percent from US$6.5 billion in the second half of last year.
On the other hand, the amount of payments for foreign currency bonds arrived at US$40.5 billion, a decrease of 1.7%.