Investing In... South Korea


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    South Korea's resilient economy has earned it a rank among the so-called Asian tigers. But, its export-driven industries are volatile, even as it's grown to global prominence.

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    Asia's fourth-largest economy is far less vulnerable to shocks triggered during the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

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    South Korea's economy has been dominated by dozens of financially complex, conglomerates that have been central to its rise on the global stage.

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    South Korea's economy and its stock market are dominated by dozens of financially complex, family-run, multinational conglomerates that have been central to the nation's rise on the global stage.

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    The economy is dominated by companies that are now household names such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors, and Kia Motors.

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    In a testament to its power as symbol of status and wealth, the high-end handbag gets its own museum in a bag-shaped temple in Seoul.

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    Soldiers danced in Pyongyang's plazas as North Korea announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal, a title cementing his status atop the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force.

  • Population: 48.9 million Currency: Won (KRW) Natural resources: coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential Industries: Electronics, telecommunications, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding, steel

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    South Korean equities may be among the cheapest in the region, but investment strategists tell CNBC that even compelling valuations are not enough to lure them back into shares given a bleak outlook for the country’s key export markets.

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    Apple and Samsung have only been battling it out in a California federal district court for a little over a week, and court documents and testimony have given some rare insight into both companies' product plans.

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    After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives debate the complicated legal claims of Apple and Samsung, a jury of nine men and women are set to decide one of the biggest technology disputes in history.

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    Last spring Dunkin' Donuts launched a campaign in South Korea known as Flavor Radio to build brand awareness for their coffee. Devices that looked and operated like air fresheners were installed on commuter buses in Seoul to lure in customers to their stores.

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    Samsung is in trouble unless it gets its hands on some software, and one way it could do this is by buying Blackberry maker Research in Motion or licensing their software, said Peter Misek, Jefferies managing director and senior tech analyst, on Wednesday.

  • Worries over the European debt crisis, a slow recovery in the U.S. and fears over a "hard landing" for China’s economy have left global investors searching for new markets to put their money in. For long-term investors that means looking for economies that have strong growth prospects driven by competitive advantages such as demographics, natural resources or geography. We've come up with a list of the ten best countries for long-term growth based on a report from HSBC titled: The World in 2050.

    Worries over the European debt crisis, a slow recovery in the U.S. and fears over a "hard landing" for China’s economy have left global investors searching for new markets to put their money in. What are the countries with the best prospects for growth?

  • You may already own a piece of Turkish art, assuming that the carpet you haggled over in the Istanbul bazaar was really hand-made, composed of natural fibers, knotted or woven, dyed, and designed properly.

    From carpets to calligraphy to ceramics, there is a lot of history and variety to the fine art of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire that preceded it.

  • CNBC delivers the latest financial news and business headlines from South Korea.

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