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Korea: bonds

The bond market in the Republic of Korea is one of the largest markets in Asia. Various reforms have led to its rapid development, including gradual market liberalization. All fixed-income instruments are available to foreign investors. The Government continues to issue treasury bonds on a regular basis with maturities of 3, 5, and 10 years. The 3-year bond is the most liquid. However, due to increased issuance of 5-year maturities in 2008, it is also now included as a benchmark. In Korea a corporate issuer should be rated by at least two credit rating agencies.

Bonds in the Republic of Korea can be classified into two main types: government and corporate. The government bond market consists of treasury bonds, National Housing Bonds, and Seoul Metropolitan Subway Bonds. It also includes the central bank's monetary stabilization bonds, as well as financial debentures issued by the Korea Development Bank. Government bonds are the most traded asset class and form the basis for benchmark yields.

Outstanding bond issues

Сurrency Outstanding bond issues Cumulative volume
sovereign
KRW 101 755 514 535 936 000
USD 5 4 900 000 000
EUR 3 1 125 000 000
municipal
KRW 1361 20 490 398 663 290
corporate
KRW 11357 861 345 027 472 310
USD 407 110 396 000 000
CNY 42 19 731 000 000
HKD 41 15 997 000 000
AUD 30 5 432 600 000
EUR 29 6 560 290 000
CHF 22 4 815 000 000
JPY 17 228 220 000 000
THB 10 25 300 000 000
NOK 9 2 650 000 000
BRL 7 2 636 670 000
NZD 6 1 155 000 000
INR 6 30 173 900 000
IDR 5 8 750 900 000 000
CAD 5 935 000 000
GBP 4 560 000 000
SEK 4 1 720 000 000
SGD 3 550 000 000
ZAR 1 653 600 000

Sovereign rating

Rating AgencyRatingRating scaleDate
Dagong Global *** International scale rating (foreign curr.) ***
Dagong Global *** International scale rating (local curr.) ***
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) *** Country Risk Classifications ***
Moody's Investors Service *** LT- foreign currency ***
Moody's Investors Service *** LT- local currency ***
S&P Global Ratings *** Foreign Currency LT ***
S&P Global Ratings *** Local Currency LT ***
Fitch Ratings *** LT Int. Scale (foreign curr.) ***
Fitch Ratings *** LT Int. Scale (local curr.) ***
Japan Credit Rating Agency *** Foreign Currency Long-term Issuer Rating ***
Japan Credit Rating Agency *** Local Currency Long-term Issuer Rating ***
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Latest bond issues

issue ISIN coupon volume end of placement maturity date
KEB Hana Bank, 0.05% 22feb2020, EUR - International bonds XS1867561695 0.05% 43 800 000  EUR 08/14/2018 02/22/2020
Korea Development Bank, 6.97% 13dec2019, BRL - International bonds XS1867547603 6.97% 100 000 000  BRL 08/13/2018 12/13/2019
Korea Development Bank, 6.7% 13dec2019, BRL - International bonds XS1866377390 6.7% 150 000 000  BRL 08/09/2018 12/13/2019
Busan Bank, FRN 16aug2021, USD - International bonds XS1865594011 3M LIBOR USD + 0.8% 25 000 000  USD 08/08/2018 08/16/2021
Shinhan Financial Group, 5.875% perp., USD - International bonds XS1856024432 5.875% 500 000 000  USD 08/07/2018
KEXIM, 1.53% 13aug2028, EUR - International bonds XS1865079591 1.53% 30 000 000  EUR 08/06/2018 08/13/2028
SK Broadband, 3.875% 13aug2023, USD - International bonds XS1859394642 3.875% 300 000 000  USD 08/06/2018 08/13/2023
Shinhan Bank, FRN 9aug2023, USD - International bonds XS1864348112 3M LIBOR USD + 0.82% 40 000 000  USD 08/02/2018 08/09/2023
Lotte Property & Development, FRN 7aug2021, USD - International bonds XS1852560819 3M LIBOR USD + 0.925% 200 000 000  USD 07/31/2018 08/07/2021
KEXIM, 1.64% 6aug2030, EUR - International bonds XS1863371586 1.64% 25 000 000  EUR 07/30/2018 08/06/2030

World Bond market statistics

Quarterly indices

Type I 2018 IV 2017 III 2017 II 2017 I 2017 IV 2016 III 2016
BIS volume of international-bond market of emerging countries
Korean international bonds, USD bln 187.400 181.200 177.500 174.300 171.300 168.100 172.600
BIS net issues of international-bond market of emerging countries
International-bond net issue of Korea, USD bln         2.400 2.100 1.000

New issues of Emerging markets International Bonds

Yearly indices

Type 2017 2016 2015 2014
Annual new International Bonds issues (Asia)
Annual new issues of Korea sovereign international bonds, USD bln 1.000 0.000 0.000 2.022
Annual new issues of Korea corporate international bonds, USD bln 29.450 27.573 23.325 28.084
Annual new issues of Korea corporate international bonds, (financial sector) USD bln 19.487 18.891 18.321 18.058
Annual new issues of Korea corporate international bonds, (non-financial sector) USD bln 9.963 8.682 5.005 10.026

Emerging Markets International Bonds

Monthly indices

Type Jul 2018 Jun 2018 May 2018 Apr 2018 Apr 2018 Mar 2018 Feb 2018
Asian International Bonds Markets
Korea international bonds, USD bln 143.721 138.752 137.520 136.846 136.928 135.848 134.058
Korea corporate international bonds, USD bln 137.505 132.540 131.305 130.588 130.664 129.562 127.785
Korea sovereign international bonds, USD bln 6.216 6.213 6.215 6.259 6.264 6.286 6.272
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Credit Risk Indicators

Daily indices

Type: 08/17/2018 08/16/2018 08/15/2018 08/14/2018 08/13/2018 08/10/2018 08/09/2018
CDS Korea (Interactive Data)
CDS 6M Korea 15.0200 14.8600 11.7000 14.8000 15.1600 15.1600 14.5000
CDS 1Y Korea 16.3400 16.1500 12.7200 16.0700 16.4500 16.4400 15.7200
CDS 2Y Korea 20.4700 20.2300 18.3900 20.3400 20.8200 20.8100 19.9000
CDS 3Y Korea 25.8100 25.5000 25.2000 25.2300 25.8200 25.8200 24.6700
CDS 4Y Korea 33.4300 33.0300 33.7100 32.7800 33.5600 33.5500 32.0700
CDS 5Y Korea 42.3800 41.8900 43.3200 41.8100 42.8100 42.8000 40.9000
CDS 7Y Korea 55.9600 55.3800 57.1200 54.5900 55.7700 55.7500 53.5000
CDS 10Y Korea 66.8500 66.2600 68.2000 65.2900 66.5100 66.4900 64.1400
CDS 15Y Korea 80.8100 80.2300 82.1600 79.1800 80.3700 80.3200 78.0100
CDS 20Y Korea 88.1500 87.5900 89.4700 86.5300 87.6800 87.6100 85.3800
CDS 30Y Korea 94.7800 94.2500 96.0000 93.2200 94.3000 94.2200 92.1200
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Stock market (World)

Daily indices

Type: 08/17/2018 08/16/2018 08/14/2018 08/13/2018 08/10/2018 08/09/2018 08/08/2018
Stock market (Asia)
KOSPI  2 247.05 2 240.80 2 258.91 2 248.45 2 282.79 2 303.71 2 301.45
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