Korea may sell $5 billion of foreign bonds in 2009

Korea intends to launch its biggest offer of foreign currency-denominated bonds since 1998, once its currency stabilises.

South Korea plans to sell up to $5 billion in foreign-currency denominated bonds next year, its biggest offering since 1998. A Korean official was quoted as saying that the government intends to stabilise the countryÆs currency before launching the foreign currency-denominated bonds. The Korean won has been the most volatile Asian currency so far this year.

The government official said the foreign bond sale plan is in the government's 2009 budget proposal, but it hasnÆt decided on details like whether...

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