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South Korea's foreign reserves go up

South Korea,Business/Economy, Tue, 03 Apr 2012 IANS

Seoul, April 3 (IANS) South Korea's foreign reserves grew to a record high of $315.95 billion last month as a reduction in conversion value of non-dollar denominated assets was offset by an increase in investment profits, the central bank said Tuesday.


Foreign reserves reached a new high of $315.95 billion as of the end of March, up $0.15 billion from a month earlier, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK).


The March figure surpassed the previous record high for two straight months after the February reserves exceeded the prior high of $312.29 billion tallied in August 2011. The reserves breached the $300 billion mark for the first time in April last year, reported Xinhua.



The BOK attributed the March growth to an increase in investment profits that outweighed a reduction in conversion value of non-dollar denominated assets such as Europe's shared currency and the Japanese yen.


The country's foreign reserves consisted of $284.59 billion of securities, $22.99 billion of deposits, $3.54 billion of special drawing right (SDR), $2.66 billion of International Monetary Fund (IMF) positions and $2.17 billion of gold bullion.


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