Korean mutual fund market semi-opened

Investors'' response to a semi-open fund will be key to the pace of reform in the Korean unit investment trust industry.

Korea's asset management companies and investment trust companies are set to fight for the mutual fund market later this month following the government's approval of semi-open funds last week. Investors' response to the new products will be key to how fast the Korean unit investment trust industry reforms the more popular semi-open funds are, the less likely the government will quicken the wholescale unit trust reform process.

The new rules will allow Korean investors to invest in semi-open mutual funds. This means investors can redeem up to 50% of their funds after three months of investing, and 100% after six. Asset management companies AMCs and investment trust companies ITCs, on the...

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