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Services account surplus expected this year due to K-po...
Nov 22, 2012
The growing influence of K-pop coupled with the huge success of Psy's "Gangnam Style" seems to have helped push Korea's services account into the black. Korea's services account, which shows the difference between a nation's total exports and imports of services, has almost alway...


Korea lifts hurdle for opening casinos
Sep 24, 2012
Foreign investors will now face fewer hurdles to open new casinos in Korea. A recent revision of an ordinance for free economic zone (FEZ) special laws lifted a major hurdle for foreign investment in opening a foreigners-only casino in the country's FEZs. On September 18, the Min...


Korea gets rating upgrades by all three agencies
Sep 20, 2012
Korea's sovereign credit rating was raised by Standard & Poor's by one notch on September 14. In a period of only three weeks, the country has seen upgrades by all three global credit rating agencies. The consecutive upgrades are expected to further improve foreign currency f...


"Healing" is in the minds of consumers around the world
Sep 12, 2012
Reflecting consumers’ growing interest in a peaceful and practical lifestyle, a report by Korea Trade-Investments Promotion Agency found that the proven selling code worldwide is "healing.” The result was released by Korea Trade-Investments Promotion Agency (KOTRA) in a report on...


Foreign media taken by surprise after sovereign rating ...
Sep 11, 2012
Last week's upgrade of Korea's sovereign debt rating by Fitch Ratings to AA-, a step higher than Japan and China's, shows a vote of confidence in the country's economy, as reported throughout the foreign media. The successive upgrade by Moody's Investors Service and then by Fitch...


Jewelry companies making a U-turn to Korea
Sep 06, 2012
Decades after moving their factories overseas, a dozen Korean jewelry companies are making a U-turn back to Korea in a bid to take advantage of the eliminated tariffs resulted from FTAs with the European Union and the United States. This is the first success of the government ini...


Korea's financial sector transitions to paperless
Sep 03, 2012
As part of efforts to implement more environmentally friendly policies, Korea’s financial sector has rolled out a new initiative to cut down on paper waste by utilizing electronic documentation. Major banks and insurance companies across the country will be expanding their electr...


Moody’s raises Korea’s rating by one notch
Aug 28, 2012
Moody's Investors Service raised South Korea’s sovereign debt rating on Monday by one notch from “A1” to "Aa3," mentioning the country's strong fiscal fundamentals, economic resilience, and reduced geopolitical risks from North Korea. The new rating is the appraiser's fourth-high...


Korean brands sought out for quality, style
Aug 14, 2012
As the international reputation of Korean-made products from Korean companies like Samsung and LG continues to advance, the question of what distinguishes Korean brands from their competitors has emerged as a common topic of discussion among market watchers. A special feature in ...


Major UK markets stock items ‘made in Korea’
Aug 10, 2012
Korean products are finding their way to London where the fever of the 2012 Summer Olympics runs higher and higher.The promotion event named Taste of Korea, organized by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy in collaboration with Korean Trade and Investment Agency (KOTRA), takes plac...