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Money supply logs continued growth in June

All News 12:00 August 12, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's money supply continued to grow in June as loans to households and firms grew amid the COVID-19 pandemic, central bank data showed Thursday.

The country's M2 stood at 3,411.8 trillion won (US$2.94 trillion) as of end-June, up 0.8 percent from a month earlier, according to preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).

From a year earlier, M2 jumped 21.3 percent, the BOK said.

A key economic indicator closely monitored by authorities, M2 is a measure of the money supply that counts cash, demand deposits and other near money that is easily convertible to cash.

The BOK said M2 kept rising in June as households and companies took out large bank loans to withstand the pandemic.

Last year, the BOK conducted two rate cuts in less than three months after South Korea confirmed its first coronavirus case, sending the policy rate to a record low of 0.5 percent.

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