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Korea to require dealers to offer inflation-linked bonds

The Korean government will require specialized dealers of state bonds to offer prices of inflation-indexed bonds as part of efforts to jump-start their trading.


According to the finance ministry, implementation will start next month.

"The volume of bonds issued in the first half of 2011 was low as primary dealers are shunning taking over inflation-linked bonds due to a slump in the logistics market," the ministry said.

The mandatory offering of sales and purchase prices will be introduced in three stages, after which dealers will be required to make at least 10 offers each for the sale and purchase of indexed bonds.

Also to encourage primary dealers to voluntarily promote inflation-linked bonds, the government will count the amount of bonds traded by primary dealers as three times more than their actual volumes in their evaluation, the ministry said.

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