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Money supply up 1.1 pct on-month in October

All News 12:00 December 15, 2021

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's money supply grew in October on increased savings amid higher interest rates on deposits, central bank data showed Wednesday.

The country's M2, a key gauge of the money supply, stood at 3,550.6 trillion won (US$3 trillion) as of end-October, up 1.1 percent, or 38 trillion won, from a month earlier, according to the preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK).

The growth slightly quickened from the previous month's 0.5 percent gain.

Compared with a year earlier, the money supply surged 12.4 percent, though it slowed from the previous month's 12.8 percent rise, the data showed.

The central bank attributed the October growth to a rise in savings amid increased interest rates.

Savings in money market deposit accounts rose 11.4 trillion won on-month in October, while time deposits grew 11.2 trillion won over the period.

M2 is a measure of the money supply that counts cash, demand deposits and other easily convertible financial instruments.

Money supply up 1.1 pct on-month in October - 1

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