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May 5th 2008

Korean Won is Worst in Asia

In the year-to-date, the Korean Won has recorded the worst performance of any currency in Asia, having recently fallen to a 6-week low. The story is being driven as much by Dollar strength is by Won weakness. US equities have rallied over the last month, as investors may have been overly pessimistic in the previous months regarding near-term US economic prospects.  In addition, the Fed has probably lowered interest rates for the last time, whereas the Central Bank of Korea has held its benchmark lending rate at 5% since the summer. This yield differential, which currently favors Korea, may narrow substantially over the coming months, as the Bank of Korea is forced to reckon with slowing growth and rising inflation. Bloomberg News reports:

Growth, at the slowest in more than three years last quarter, is losing momentum, the Bank of Korea said in a report on May 1. Policy makers next meet on May 8 to decide on the benchmark seven-day repurchase rate.

Read More: Won Declines to Six-Week Low

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Posted by Adam Kritzer | in Central Banks, Emerging Currencies | No Comments »

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