Foreign Currency Securities in Custody Fall 17% in H1

Foreign currency securities held by the Korea Securities Depository in custody for investors totaled US$83.53 billion in the first half of this year, down 17 percent from the second half of 2021.

The Korea Securities Depository announced on July 18 that foreign currency securities in custody and foreign currency securities settlement totaled US$83.53 billion and US$207.96 billion in the first half of this year, respectively. The respective figures fell 17 percent and 9.4 percent compared to the previous six months.

The securities in custody are divided into US$62.37 billion of stocks and US$21.16 billion of bonds, down 19.9 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively. The U.S. market accounted for 64.1 percent of the securities in custody and the U.S., Euro, Hong Kong, Japanese and Chinese markets made up 97.5 percent.

U.S. stocks accounted for 84.7 percent of the stocks in custody, down 22.1 percent. The top five are Tesla (US$11.632 billion), Apple (US$4.48 billion), Nvidia, Alphabet A and Microsoft.

In the first half of this year, foreign currency stock settlement fell 12 percent to US$167.99 billion while foreign currency bond settlement increased 3.1 percent to US$39.97 billion. The securities settlements in the U.S. market and the five markets accounted for 81 percent and 99.5 percent of the total, respectively. U.S. stock settlement was 94.9 percent of the stock settlement, down 9.5 percent.

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