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Financial groups to pump 95 tln won to ease market crunch

Finance 09:27 November 01, 2022

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's five large financial groups decided Tuesday to inject a large amount of liquidity into the financial market to help ease its recent volatility.

The decision to pump 95 trillion won (US$66.5 billion) into the market by year-end came after the country's top financial regulator met with the heads of those institutions, including KB Financial Group Inc., to ask for their cooperation.

It includes 73 trillion won in expanded liquidity into the market and 12 trillion won into the country's bond and securities market stabilization funds. An additional 10 trillion won will be provided to subsidiaries of those financial holding companies.

The money will thus be used to purchase corporate bonds and other debt, and provide more funds to state firms, small merchants and businesses.

Kim Joo-Hyeon (2nd from R) speaks at a meeting with the chiefs of the country's five major financial holding companies at the Korea Federation of Banks headquarters in central Seoul on Nov. 1, 2022. (Yonhap)

Kim Joo-Hyeon (2nd from R) speaks at a meeting with the chiefs of the country's five major financial holding companies at the Korea Federation of Banks headquarters in central Seoul on Nov. 1, 2022. (Yonhap)

Kim Joo-hyeon, chair of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), called on the chiefs of the financial groups to help stabilize the financial market.

"The financial market is showing signs of leveling off thanks to measures by the government, the central bank and commercial lenders," he said. "Market participants' cooperation is needed to make government-led steps effective."

The chairs of the financial groups echoed Kim's view, vowing to make efforts to help stabilize the local financial market.

The move came as the country's financial market volatility has been mounting in the wake of a recent default on a municipal government-guaranteed debt raised to finance the construction of the Legoland theme park in the eastern province of Gangwon.

Last week, the financial authorities urged 10 major institutional investors, including the National Pension Service, to cooperate in easing market swings by refraining from excessive "trend-following" trading and fund redemption.

To help stabilize the market that has been shaken by the so-called Legoland theme park debacle, the government has taken a series of steps, including the injection of 50 trillion won worth of liquidity.
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