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Korea's short-term money market grows 17.5 pct in 2019: BOK

All News 06:00 March 30, 2020

SEOUL, March 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's short-term money market grew sharply from a year earlier in 2019, partly due to local lenders seeking to expand their capital to meet the new loan-deposit ratio requirements, the central bank said Monday.

The total short-term capital in the country's money market came to 355 trillion won (US$292.8 billion) in the year, up 17.5 percent from a year earlier, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK).

The rise marks the sharpest on-year increase since 2013.

Short-term capital includes commercial paper (CP), repurchase agreement (RP) and certificate of deposit (CD).

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"Instead of reducing their lending, banks sought to boost their deposit holdings, which is relatively easier, in preparation of the new loan-deposit ratio regulations," the BOK report noted.

"In that process, banks increased their funds through CDs and deposits, rather than depending on call loans," it added.

In 2019, the volume of CDs spiked 51.7 percent on-year to 13.3 trillion won, it said.

Local lenders have been required to keep their loan-deposit ratio below 100 percent since 2012.

Under the new regulations, enacted at the start of 2020, household loans carry more weight than their actual worth, while corporate loans carry less weight.

Meanwhile, the BOK said its need to supply market liquidity dropped sharply from a year earlier in 2019.

It said its supply of market liquidity via monetary stabilization bonds and RPs amounted to 187.2 trillion won in the year, compared with 197.3 trillion won a year earlier.


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